FOFH-IL Fall Harvest Hoedown

When Hines Fisher House volunteer and FOFH-IL Board member Ray Stripling decided to conduct a Fall Harvest Hoedown for military family guests, he pulled out all stops to provide them with a thoroughly enjoyable event. Ray invited Blind Rehab patients to join the Hines military family guests bringing the number of attendees to 50.

A simple menu of brats, hot dogs, chips, drinks and cider donuts for dessert rounded out the event.


Fall Harvest Signage Sets Tone for Cookout for Hines Fisher House military family guests and Blind Rehab patients.


Ray’s Mystery Table Filled with Antique Harvest Tools guests were invited to identify by purpose and name proved a lot of fun. Most are so anachronistic as to be unrecognizable to a "modern" citizen ... and that was the fun part, the guesswork. Ray adds, "Blind Rehab folks, We placed each item in the hands of Blind Rehab folks and asked them to feel it and make a guess. Some of those folks have limited sight, so a slight advantage, but everybody seemed to have enjoy it."


Water Pump Proves a Big Hit!

Here Hines Fisher House Assistant Manager James Cooks pumps water from Ray’s clever rig of a five- gallon reservoir under the pump, and the water just recycled. Who would have thought pumping water could be fun!


FOFH-IL is grateful to Harry Theodore, FOFH-IL Vice President – Media Relations, who has from "day-one" (July 2008) donated his time, talent and materials to photographically record all FOFH-IL and numerous Hines VA Fisher House events for sharing with supporters.

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