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Profile Last Updated: 03/18/2020

Fisher House Foundation

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Purpose and Activities

The Foundation provides support and housing to families of patients receiving care at the nearby medical center and has ensured that families of service men and women wounded in war are not burdened with unnecessary expense during a time of crisis.


Established in 1993 in NY - On June 24, 1991, the doors of the very first Fisher House opened to serve the families of patients receiving treatment at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. That first Fisher House was a model for the network of Fisher Houses currently in operation across the United States and overseas. Originally built during peace-time to serve the loved ones of service members and veterans facing medical crises due to illness, disease, or injury, these vital sanctuaries have now expanded their mission to provide a safe haven for families of heroes wounded or injured while serving in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. The Fisher House program was established in 1990 by Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher. Though he was prevented from joining active service during World War II due to a construction accident, Mr. Fisher drew on his building experience to assist the U.S. Coastal Service in constructing coastal fortifications. Elizabeth traveled in Europe as a member of the USO to entertain military troops. As steadfast supporters of the men and women serving this country, they asked what mission they might undertake to benefit personnel of all military services. Pauline Trost, wife of Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Carlisle Trost, alerted Mr. and Mrs. Fisher of the need for temporary lodging facilities for families at major military medical centers. Today, Zachary's grandnephew Ken Fisher is the Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation, and he continues the legacy of caring and support for our military and veterans families in a time of need.


Fisher House Foundation

Public charity




111 Rockville Pike Suite 420 Rockville, MD United States 20850-5109

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