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FRIENDS OF FISHER HOUSE – ILLINOIS, Inc. (FOFH-IL)

(Friends of Fisher House – Illinois, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3)
of the IRS code. Donations are tax deductible to the maximum extent of the law.)

Mission Statement

(FOFH-IL) is dedicated to financial, volunteer and emotional support for Illinois Fisher Houses built by the Fisher House Foundation mission to support America's military in their time of need. These "homes away from home" enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful time -- during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and their families and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

Friends of Fisher House - Illinois

The purposes for which this corporation, a nonprofit charitable and patriotic Association, is formed are:

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Provide financial, volunteer and emotional support for any compassionate care facility (Fisher House) located on military bases or VA medical facilities in Illinois constructed under the national Fisher House Foundation umbrella beginning with the 20-suite Fisher House on Hines VA Hospital grounds, Hines, IL. The financial support is obtained from individual, Association and corporate contributions, gifts and donations to FOFH-IL. Volunteer support is recruited to assist with Fisher House operations.

Fisher Houses provide compassionate lodging in warm, supportive home environments free of charge for the families of seriously ill patients being treated at military and VA medical centers. Having family support close by has proven to speed up the recovery process.

When Fisher House Foundation completed construction of the first Fisher House in Illinois on Hines VA Hospital grounds on 3/01/10, this “home away from home” was presented as a gift to the VA. At that point, Hines VA Medical Center began shouldering all expenses for operating this program providing accommodations free of charge to military families for as long as necessary. When Hines administration asked for assistance with this ongoing expense, Friends of Fisher House-IL stepped up to fill this need.

This assistance makes it possible for military family members from 16 surrounding states plus Illinois to stay close to loved ones to support them through their medical crises without the burden of costly accommodations. This assistance is beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

2 Partner with other organizations dedicated to assisting military families who wish to contribute funds or volunteer time to support the Fisher Houses in Illinois beginning with the Hines Fisher House.
3 Increase awareness of Fisher House humanitarian services by educating the public and private donors / foundations about the funding needs for operating and sustaining this vital program for our nation’s military men and women and their families.
4 Foster awareness in military circles, by informing active and retired military personnel and their families about this humanitarian support available to them during their medical crises.
5 Engage in any other lawful activity which may hereafter be authorized from time to time by the Executive Board, provided, however, that the purposes for which the corporation is formed shall at all times be consistent with Section 501©(3) of the Code.

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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.


The place is more than just a place to sleep. It’s just like your second home.


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…