Who is Friends of Fisher House-Illinois


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Because A Family’s Love Is Good Medicine –

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FOFH-IL is recognized by the Fisher House Foundation as the official sustaining, local non-profit group for the Hines VA Fisher House. To lend a hand, please send donations to FOFH-IL online or complete the form provided and mail with contribution.

Non-profit, fully volunteer Friends of Fisher House – Illinois (FOFH-IL) is dedicated to helping support Illinois’ only "home away from home" on Hines VA Hospital grounds. This Fisher House provides free lodging for as long as necessary for military families during medical crises. At this “comfort home,” they can be close to loved ones during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury. 

This program is meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

In addition to free accommodations, FOFH-IL has pledged to provide all special needs for military families, including groceries and beverages for all meals during their stays.

FOFH-IL also supports maintenance of the Hines VA Fisher House with the necessary janitorial cleaning supplies, paper goods and detergents.  In this role, we also serve as a conduit for organizations and individuals mounting drives to gather supplies and groceries for the military family guests. We invite you to join us via any of the many avenues we offer to continue providing this vital humanitarian support completely free of charge for every military family. 

In this way, we can help repay in some measure the tremendous hardships and sacrifices our military families make to preserve our freedom and safety.

Proud Supporter Sustaining Hines VA Fisher House with 10,000 Military Families Hosted Gratis

Fisher House Family, The Carpenters

The latest feature of Heart Behind the House highlights Corporal Kyle Carpenter, USMC. Kyle’s family spent time in two Fisher Houses after he was injured in Afghanistan. On June 19, 2014, Kyle became the youngest living recipient of the Medal of Honor, and was presented the award in a White House ceremony.

“I wanted to join something, a purpose, an idea bigger than myself,” explains Medal of Honor recipient, Corporal Kyle Carpenter, USMC. “I didn’t want to wake up and miss an opportunity to serve. I was trying to make a difference.”

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As in all 64 Fisher Houses, these busts of Fisher House Foundation founders, Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher,
watch over the “home away from home” they provided for military families facing medical crises.
provides a quiet setting for reflection, conversation, reading, working on puzzles and playing games.
Community Dining Room
is decorated with upholstered chairs, paintings and coordinating floral arrangements.
Dream Community Kitchen features three restaurant-sized refrigerators, two restaurant-sized freezers, granite counters, two double ovens, two microwaves, two massive sinks. Counter cabinets are coded with suite numbers for dried and canned good storage.
Is Just One Of All Features Making Hines VA Fisher House Wheel- Chair Accessible.
Community Laundry Room
is wheel-chair accessible so recovering wounded can adjust to doing household chores in wheel chairs.
20 Private Bedrooms With Adjoining Bathroom Suites
come in single queen-sized or double twin-sized beds. Each is furnished with desk, radio/alarm clock, computer equipment, dresser, armchairs, television, closet with hangers, ironing board, laundry hamper and luggage rack.
Private Bathrooms
With All Suites feature wheel-chair accessible showers.
Beautifully Appointed Family Room
features All the Comforts of a “Home Away from Home” including a wide-screen television.
Beautiful Electricity-Supplied Gazebo
is the scene of many outdoors activities.

About Us

Welcome to Illinois' Only "Home Away from Home"
$5.7-million Hines VA Fisher House
Doors Opened to Military Family Guests March 1, 2010

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This Handsome 20-Private-Bedroom-Suite "Home Away From Home" On The Grounds Of Hines VA Hospital Is Complete
And Fully Furnished. Fisher House Foundation Will Formally Present It As A Gift To Hines VA Hospital
At A Dedication Ceremony May 28, 2010

Memorable Dedication & Evening Reception Celebrate Long-Awaited
Official Dedication of Hines VA Fisher House

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  Ken Fisher, Fisher House Foundation Chairman and CEO, presents the organization's Patriot Award to major construction fundraiser for Hines VA Fisher House Sam Lazich, President of DMS Pharmaceutical Group, Inc. at special reception.
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Fisher House Chairman and CEO Ken Fisher honors major building fundraiser and supporter of Hines VA Fisher House Patriot Award recognizing Operation Support Our Troops – Illinois to President Deb Rickert at evening reception. Long-Awaited Ribbon-Cutting Finally Becomes a Reality at May 28 Hines VA Fisher House Dedication with attendant dignitaries and major supporters in honor of this special event.
Key Presentation Friends of Fisher House
It's Official! Fisher House Foundation President David Coker presents the keys to Hines VA Fisher House to Holly Wright, Hines VA Fisher House Manager. Non-Profit Friends of Fisher House – Illinois Board Director Mary Vaughan (l) and Mark Garry, FOFH-IL Vice President, (r) enjoy cocktail reception sponsored by Fisher House Foundation with Hines VA Fisher House Manager Holly Wright and Glenn Wright.
Friends of Fisher House VFW Posts and Veterans Motorcycle Chapters
Friends of Fisher House – Illinois Board Vice President Harry Theodore (l) chats with Board Director Eddie Jackson at Fisher House Foundation private reception. Representatives and Supporters from VFW Posts and Veterans Motorcycle Chapters From All Parts of Illinois Joined in on the Festivities.


Military Families Express Heartfelt Appreciation

Fisher House is a Godsend. So many of us want to be with our family members but can’t always afford it with the cost of travel, lodging and food. Thanks to Fisher House we can!

What a blessing! The Fisher House has relieved me of so much stress. Don’t know what I would have done.

This is such a great opportunity for families of veterans affected by war and illness. It warms my heart to see the government, community, families and those who serve out nation working together for the greater good.

My grandmother and I stayed at the Fisher House to keep my father company during his long treatment/recovery… If not for this home, my father would have been a sad and lonely man.

…The Fisher House provides peace of mind for the patient as well as their family…the manager and staff are a true blessing…

Military Families Hosted