|Fisher house ambassador lauds local staff, volunteers
Source: By Michael Heckman, Sentinel Staff
By Michael Heckman, Sentinel Staff
February 26, 2009
Although the guest of honor and recipient of a gift for her work as one of its foundation’s ambassadors, Audrey Fisher recognized the work of Fort Hood Fisher House staff and volunteers during a luncheon Tuesday at Club Hood.
“We visit the houses,” Fisher said, “to show our continued support for the Fisher House program and for the incredible volunteers who transfer these houses into homes. We spend time with the guest Families and listen to their stories. We take their thoughts back to our board and at each location we see an out pouring of support and love. We are really and truly appreciative.”
Fisher, the wife of former Fisher House Foundation, Inc. chairman Arnold Fisher, also thanked the Band of Angels and its president, Mary Lou Royar, who presented Fisher with a pillow embroidered with bluebonnets as thanks for “all you’ve done for the Fort Hood Fisher House and the Army community.”
A nonprofit established a decade ago to provide for the needs of the residents of Fisher House at Fort Hood, The Band of Angels volunteers to help the Families of injured Soldiers and does other volunteer work at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center.
Since the war on terrorism began, Fisher said, meeting the health needs of wounded veterans has led to the expansion of Fisher House facilities nationwide. The foundation opened its 43rd Fisher House this year and plans to operate 60 by 2011.
“Our unprecedented growth has been due to need. We are home to more than 7,500 Families. Some stay a few days, others longer but what is most important is that Families be together during the recovery of their loved ones.”
Before introducing Audrey Fisher, Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, III Corps and Fort Hood commander, said, “the group that helps us through these difficult times is the Fisher Foundation. And we are blessed today to have both Audrey Fisher and Nancy Edelmann with us.”
Nationwide, the impact of Fisher House is “immeasurable,” Lynch said.
“They have served 120,000 Family members, provided three million lodging days and saved our Families over $100 million.
“But it’s not about the money but the chance for these youngsters to be here in a healing condition and have their Families there with them.”
Isaac Howard, the local Fisher House manager, presented Mrs. Fisher and Mrs. Edelman with plaques recognizing their service.
Edelman and her husband, Martin Edelman, are members of the Fisher House Foundation, Inc., board of trustees.
She was appointed vice chairman in 2006.