Fisher House, which offers free lodging for families of veterans, dedicated to Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR, MI – VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Michigan’s first Fisher House on Friday, September 23, and dedicated it to the United States military, service members and their loved ones.

Fisher House, located at 2215 Fuller Court in Ann Arbor, provides temporary, free housing for families who wish to stay close to their service members or veterans receiving extended care at VAAAHS. Fisher Houses are found nationwide in major military and VA medical centers, but the Ann Arbor Fisher House is Michigan’s first.

Fisher House provides these families with bedrooms, a kitchen, a dining room, a family room and more while their loved ones receive the health care they need. The Ann Arbor location has already welcomed more than 6,000 guests to its 16 suites.

“The Fisher House has exceeded all of our expectations since it opened,” said VAAAHS Medical Center Director Dr. Ginny Creasman. “The convenience, healing atmosphere and proximity to the medical center allows us to meet the needs of our veterans and caregivers by reducing the overall stress and burden that an extended stay in a hospital can cause.”

The Fisher House in Ann Arbor opened in June 2020 and was donated to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs upon completion in April 2020.

Representatives from VAAAHS and Fisher House spoke at the ceremony Friday, as did U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn).

“Veterans cannot heal if they fear being away from their loved ones, and Fisher Houses helps relieve that stress and brings comfort to families and patients during some of the most difficult times in their lives,” said said Dingell.

Read more: Veterans aim to build first Fisher House in Michigan to house military families

So far, VA Ann Arbor Fisher House has saved veteran and military families more than $1.2 million in lodging costs, according to a news release. .

There are currently plans to create a second Fisher House near the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit. Fisher House Michigan is working on local fundraising efforts to support the creation of this second location.

“Many patients receiving VA care are away from home, and we know that support from loved ones can be the best medicine.” Dingell said. “I’ve worked for Ann Arbor and Detroit to have Fisher House since the day I walked into Congress. It fulfills a long held dream and a lot of hard work from so many people, and now we have one and one to do.

To learn more about the Fisher House, visit its website.

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