The new Fisher House on the campus of Tucson’s VA Hospital is a non-government charity that provides temporary housing for family members while their loved one receives treatment at the hospital. Tucson’s Fisher House opened in March of 2016 and features 16 residential suites with common areas for dining and laundry. Families must meet specific requirements to use the facility but this “home away from home” helps relieve the emotional and financial stress of the family while the veteran receives inpatient treatment at the VA Hospital.
Staffed primarily by volunteers, the facility is a model of family support and efficient management of resources. Thus far over 60 Fisher Houses have been built throughout the world. They have received an A+ from Charity Watch. In addition, one hundred percent of all local contributions stay with the Fisher House in Tucson.
In addition to financial support, the QCVGA has provided needed amenities such as a commercial juicer and Sony TV streaming device to the Tucson Fisher House. Ted Schelenski and David Ray, QCVGA Charity Committee, are always researching and evaluating the best opportunities to assist local veterans and their families. Funds are raised by donations and raffles generated during QCVGA golf tournaments.