• 3250 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
  • (518) 481-0552
  • 3250 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
  • (518) 481-0552

Two Fisher Houses Bound for Michigan

Eighteen months after a Fisher House was approved for the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, a fund-raising effort to build another adjacent to the VA Detroit has joined the successful Ann Arbor development team known as Fisher House Michigan.

A Zachary and Elizabeth M. Fisher House is like a Ronald McDonald House for the families of active U.S. Military Service Members and Veterans. The VA Healthcare System offers some of the finest medical care in the world, providing emergency, trauma, diagnostic, surgical, intensive and rehabilitative care that may require a multi-day stay by the Active or Veteran Military patient.

A Fisher House provides no-charge accommodations to the families of the patients who live more than fifty miles away from the facility when there is financial stress on top of the medical stress.

Located at or near major military and VA medical centers across the US, Fisher Houses typically include 16 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Veterans and their families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a dining room and living room at no cost while they undergo treatment. The common areas help create a support network among the families, who are all experiencing stressful times as their loved ones undergo medical treatment.

By joining forces, Detroit and Ann Arbor’s combined effort for Fisher House Michigan has set a strategic goal of raising $20,000,000. This could make this the first Fisher House effort in the nation to pay for total construction costs and also support the Fisher House Manager, who will be assigned by the VA to each facility, with amenities for the Veterans’ families.

These are first-class facilities, beautifully designed and well built. Our military heroes deserve nothing less. But they are not financed by the VA but rather by private citizens and corporate donors, who want to give back for the safety, security, freedom and comfort our military provides.

There are 76 Fisher Houses near VA medical centers in the U.S.—Ohio has four, for example—but Michigan is only now scheduled to build one in Ann Arbor. The John D. Dingle VA Medical Center is long overdue for another.

Fisher House Michigan fund-raising is a volunteer organization, with a tiny professional staff. Merging the Detroit Fisher House initiative with Fisher House Michigan salutes the Ann Arbor volunteer organization for its lean and effective methods, which have won it a Platinum Rating for transparency from Guide Star Charity Rating System.

With an annual Veterans story-telling event that draws thousands, and with special fund-raising events all year like the currently running Memorial Day Match, Fisher House Michigan has found just the right tone and cadence to win over the hearts and minds and wallets of a grateful nation that recognizes the exceptional sacrifice our Active Military and Veterans have made.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact Fisher House Michigan at 518-481-0552 OR info@fisherhousemichigan.org

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