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

I’m overwhelmed by the impeccable service…this has been one of the most beautiful experiences under the circumstances for my Dad’s medical problems…grateful doesn’t cover how I feel and blessed.


This our first time at the Fisher House—how amazing it is! ...thank you for providing comfort when we’re feeling most uncertain of what our future holds…after long days at the hospital it’s so nice to find fellowship upon return “home.”


Back nice to know the Fisher House and staff are here for us. Especially when there is so much unknown in the future of my husband’s health…you provide for us at a time when we are dealing with issues that sometimes overwhelm us.


The staff didn’t act like staff. They treated us like family. I thought it would be like living in barracks. Wow, was I wrong! I’m grateful to Fisher House..found a new charity that is near and dear to my heart.


This stay helped so much! God blessed me by allowing us to stay in the Fisher House which gives peace in this timed of need.


After being here 32 days, we are going home…Fisher House is a lifesaver..what a beautiful place! Thankful for everyone who touched our lives.

Military Families Hosted