The Greater L.A. Fisher House Foundation provides temporary housing for those with a relative being treated long term at the Veterans Administrations of Los Angeles County. It was built primarily because many Veterans live in LA so the Veterans Administration recognized the need for a Fisher House on the grounds.
The Fisher House foundation is a charity that is committed to improving the lives of members of the military and their family. It aims to decrease the burden on the shoulders of those worried about their family members who have been injured in service, as they are able to visit them as they are treated at military medical centers and can stay at comfortable house nearby completely free. No one has to pay for staying in any of their houses.
Tim Byk is the executive director and founder of the Greater L.A. Fisher House. He began working in 2005 with a number of volunteers to try and raise the funds needed to build a house, eventually culminating in the dedication of the 42nd Fisher House, the Greater Los Angeles Fisher House in 2009.
The house itself is 16,800 square foot and has 21-suites. There is a dining room, living room, family room, library, laundry facilities, fully equipped kitchen and even exterior patios. It is completely accessible for ease of use for all guests. Each suite has a private bath, Internet access, computer, T.V. and queen-sized or double beds. So far the Greater Los Angeles Fisher House has served over 2,500 military families and it has therefore saved those families $2.2 million in lodging expenses.
The GLA Fisher House foundation works in partnership with the Fisher House foundation and holds fund raising and community building events as well as offering humanitarian support. It acts as another branch of the Fisher House foundation and carries out the same work and similar events to help keep the house running to a great standard.
The Fisher House is open to those with a family member who is in active duty, veteran in-patients, or those receiving extended outpatient therapies. Another requirement is that guests must live at least 50 miles away from the house as the foundation wants to help those who are most in need and gives priority to these individuals. Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and the Fisher House manager decides eligibility and gives families an idea of what is available and how likely they are to get a room. If there is no room there is a waiting list guests can be put on if they know they will be in the area for a long time. Referrals to the house are made through the social worker assigned to the patient’s case.
This Fisher House is just one example of the many in a number of different locations and illustrates very well all the work the charity does to ensure guests have the utmost comfort when staying near a military medical center. It continues to save families a lot of money and make a real difference. Any efforts to support their hard and much needed work are always appreciated and there are many opportunities to get involved.
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