By providing cost-free living quarters for patient families, the Fisher House provides an immeasurable benefit to patient care, in addition to the care and well-being of our veterans’ family members.
The Richmond Fisher House opened on the campus of the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Hospital on July 21, 2008, at a cost of $5.8 Million. The Fisher House was made possible by the leadership and generosity of Richmond business and civic leaders, led by William C. Boinest, Chairman of Craigie, Inc., and by the national Fisher House organization.
The facility contains 21 family suites, including private bath, dining areas, recreation, and entertainment. It is fully handicap-accessible. Its average occupancy level is 92-94%, and the average length of stay is 12-14 days. Guest stays have extended as long as one year.
Over 2,000 families have been our guests since opening. Having family members nearby provides significant benefits and advantages to patient treatment, rehabilitation and recovery. This beautiful facility provides lodging to the families of veterans receiving treatment at the McGuire VA hospital, at no cost.
Ground was broken on September 26, 2018 for a new Fisher House at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center.
This home will provide lodging for an additional 20 families of veterans and military at no cost, allowing them to be close to their loved ones at the most stressful time – during their hospitalization.
This will bring the total number of families served by Fisher House at Richmond VAMC to 40 a night, savings to military and veterans’ families more than $1.4 million a year.
“I soon learned the Fisher House was a place of healing, a place where I could get a good night’s sleep and then just walk across the street and be there for my daughter. I didn’t even have to cook; food just showed up. Bless God, it was one of the best things ever.”— Roxanne Brown
“When I arrived at the Fisher House, I saw the light for the first time. I knew everything was going to be all right… When we were together as family, that’s when the real healing began.”— Griselle Mitchell
“In your darkest hours, when you think you have nowhere to turn, Fisher House offers a glimmer of hope. It was like a hand reaching down and pulling you up. You knew it was going to be okay.”— Vickie Carter, mother of an Air Force airman who lost her leg.
“The thought of going through this devastating time without the stay at the Fisher House is unbearable. I am 99 percent calmer and that is the greatest gift I could give my husband at this time in our lives.”— Mary Moore