Extending ohana: Local ‘comfort home’ contributors, supporters receive generous praise

| February 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

 

houses while they pose for a photograph with Audrey Fisher (left), vice chair, Fisher House Foundation, and Nancy Edelman (fourth from the right), vice chair, Fisher House Foundation, at a recognition luncheon, Feb. 3.

houses while they pose for a photograph with Audrey Fisher (left), vice chair, Fisher House Foundation, and Nancy Edelman (fourth from the right), vice chair, Fisher House Foundation, at a recognition luncheon, Feb. 3.

Story and Photo by
Stephanie Bryant
Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs

HONOLULU — The Fisher House held a recognition ceremony and luncheon for its donors and contributors, here, Feb. 3.

A Fisher House is a comfort home for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and Veterans Affairs medical centers.

The houses are provided to the U.S. government as gifts. They are built by the Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization that builds the houses and assists in the coordination of private and public support for the homes.

Tripler Army Medical Center is home to two Fisher Houses and provides lodging to service members, retirees and their families from throughout the Pacific Region.

“We want to say thank you,” said Theresa Johnson, manager, Tripler Fisher House. “We want to recognize (everyone) who does so much that enables us to be able to provide to these service members and their families at the level that we do.”

Johnson said she printed off nearly 150 recognition certificates for the ceremony to recognize supporters from all over the island, both military and civilian organizations.

During the recognition ceremony, Rick Cruz, a current resident of the Tripler Fisher House, spoke to the audience about his experiences and how the home’s contributions have affected him and other residents.

Cruz, a retired Marine, brought his wife from Guam to be treated at TAMC. When estimating how much it would have cost him and his wife to stay downtown for the 10 months of treatment she requires, the hotel alone would have cost $30,000.

“Fisher House stands out and provides a comfortable home environment,” Cruz said. “We appreciate every gift and personal contribution. I can’t stress enough our appreciation for all you do.”

Following Cruz, Johnson invited all the groups, one-by-one, to be recognized and have their photograph taken with two vice chairs of the Fisher House Foundation, Audrey Fisher and Nancy Edelman, who were visiting as Fisher House ambassadors.

James Weisskopf, vice president of the Fisher House Foundation, also attended the event with Fisher and Edelman. He said he always enjoys Tripler’s Fisher houses because they are the only homes where the residents act as volunteers and cook for each other.

“Even the smallest gestures we make (for the residents) … it all really does make a difference,” Johnson said.

About Tripler’s Fisher House

Tripler Fisher houses I and II are available to military members and their families who are taking care of the person receiving treatment, to include active duty, National Guard and retirees from any branch of the armed forces.

Families served are mainly from the Pacific area of Korea, Guam, Japan, American Samoa and/or Okinawa.

Taxis and a limited shuttle service are available. Most amenities are provided, including toiletries, towels, linens, kitchenware, prepaid phone cards, cribs and rollaway beds. A laundry area is provided, too.

Contact the Fisher House at the following address:

Tripler Army Medical Center Fisher Houses I and II, 317 Krukowski Rd. Honolulu, HI 96819.

Fisher House is open Monday-Friday; call the manager at 433-1291, ext. 28. After duty hours, call 561-7423. Send email to FHTAMC@gmail.com, visit the website at www.triplerfisherhouse.com or its Facebook site at www.facebook.com/TriplerFisherHouse.

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