Please join us for the annual Short Pump Ruritan Charity Golf Tournament at The Hollows Golf Course on May 7th to benefit The Fisher House, local charities, and honor in memorial WWII veteran Russell L. Scott.
Lunch will be served 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. with “shotgun” play starting 12:30 p.m. Also, in the event of a rain-out on the scheduled date, a rain date is reserved for June 4th.
The roofing and windows have progressed nicely. You will see the bricks being set in the next video. Inside the rough-in is progressing nicely and we have the low voltage cables run and will be hanging sheetrock soon.
RICHMOND, Va. — There is a place in Richmond where loved ones of injured veterans can find a home away from home while a family member recovers. This special place is called Fisher House and for the people staying there, it provides a place of tranquility and peace of mind.
For the people behind it, they say helping veterans and their families is what they do best.
“We’ve been here since December. For me, when I come here, it is serenity for me,” Sherry Purdy, whose husband needs 24/7 care said.
Under this roof Purdy said she enjoys comfort and safety. Simple things, like making a sandwich, take on greater meaning when your life has been upended.
William Purdy, Sherry’s husband of 45 years and a Navy veteran, was completely paralyzed in a 2002 accident. William has been in and out of McGuire Veteran’s Medical Center, but living three hours away commuting back and forth was out of the question for Sherry.
So, while William receives medical attention, Sherry lives at Richmond Fisher House.
Fisher House director Wayne Walker helped build and open Fisher House in 2008.
“We’re very much like the Ronald McDonald House, but we cater to veterans,” Walker said. “I know where every nook and cranny and bolt and screw is in this house and that is a good thing.”
The 21-room hotel-like building gives loved ones of recovering veterans a place to stay all at no charge.
“We’ve taken care of more than 4,500 families since we opened the doors,” Walker said.
Walker,a former combat engineer who served two tours in Afghanistan, proclaimed his current mission is one of the most gratifying.
“I’m a veteran. I love veterans and I love what I do here,” he said.
At Fisher House, other employees, like Willie MacDonald, used to wear the uniform. He said when a military brother or sister is in need – they roll out the welcome mat.
“We’re going to raise the standards on how we’re going to take care of our nation’s heroes and their families and I’m just glad that I’m going to be a part of it,” MacDonald said.
OurVA.com and Richmond Pizza Place, home of authentic, hand-tossed New York style pizza, recently provided a classic New York style pizza dinner to the staff and guests of Richmond Fisher House. Was it ever good!
Officials from the Federal Credit Union at Ft. Lee dropped by Richmond Fisher House recently with a check, shown here presenting it to Program Support Assistant, Willie J. (“Mac”) McDonald. We deeply appreciate the continued support.
Advanced Individual Training Students from Ft. Lee, SFC Castle and Lyons came out this spring to plant flowers, trim bushes and generally spruce up the grounds of Richmond Fisher House. Guests and staff greatly appreciate and enjoy the results of their hard work.