There are nine new Fisher Houses in the works this year, including two in the Bronx, one in Charleston, South Carolina, one in Connecticut, one in Alaska, and two in Florida, one in Orlando and one in Tampa . The Fisher House Foundation is also building a second facility at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi and its third Fisher House in Houston.
The Fisher House Foundationis best known for the network of homes they make available to veteran and military families. When a loved one is receiving treatment in a hospital or medical center, these houses provide the families with someplace to stay cost free. Th organization has saved families around $360 million in out-of-pocket expenses.
"The 72 nd house is to be completed next week. It will be the third in Houston," David Coker, president of the Fisher House Foundation, told Military Times. The facility in Charleston is expected to be finished by the end of the year, he said.
When asked about the other houses' opening dates, Coker explained that "exact dates can't really be given" since weather conditions play a factor in construction. "We continue to work with places in need. We get a prioritized list from the services and the [Veteran's Affairs]." There are currently 28 communities in need of Fisher Houses, he said.
The organization is set to break ground next week for the house in Connecticut, in May for the two houses in the Bronx, and June for the Fisher House in Alaska.
"We are like a well-kept secret," Coker said. "Any help we get is appreciated, it's all thanks to generous donations that these nine houses are to be worked on this year."