Miami VA Healthcare System
Miami VAHS Fisher House
The Miami VAHS Fisher House is "a home away from home" for families of Veterans and military service members receiving care at the Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center. The Fisher House enables family members to be close to their loved one during hospitalization by providing comfortable lodging, in a beautiful and relaxing setting, only steps away from the Medical Center. There is no charge for families staying at the Fisher House.
The Miami VAHS Fisher House opened for guests on September 13, 2010. After the groundbreaking in March 2009, construction of the Miami VAHS Fisher House began on the southwest side of the Bruce W. Carter Medical Center grounds in June 2009 and was completed the summer of 2010. As the 17th VA Fisher House, The Miami VAHS Fisher House joins a network of 52 other Fisher Houses at military and VA medical centers.
The Miami VAHS Fisher House was officially dedicated during a ribbon cutting ceremony November 17, 2010.
|Top Left: 1. Fisher House Ribbon Cutting (left to right) Donna Shalala, Ken Fisher, Col. Lettie Bien, Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Georgie Carter Krell , Carolyn Soucy. Top Right: 2. Keynote Address given by Ken Fisher. Bottom Left: 3. Dave Coker and Audrey Fisher present the Fisher House key to Mary D. Berrocal and Carolyn Soucy|
The Miami VAHS Fisher House is a 15,000 square foot home with 20 private guest suites. The common areas and guest suites are professionally designed and beautifully furnished. The Fisher House includes a common kitchen, a spacious common dining room, a communal family and living room, large laundry facility with multiple washers and dryers, wireless internet, and in room telephone service. Most importantly, the Fisher House has staff and volunteers to support our military service members, Veterans and their families.
For information on what to expect at the Miami VAHS Fisher House, please click on the below link for Frequently Asked Questions.
The Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need. The Fisher House Foundation donates these "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. The local community is asked to raise a portion of the cost of a Fisher House, and the Fisher House Foundation contributes the rest. Miami-Dade’s County Commissioners, non-profit foundations, businesses, Veterans Service Organizations, members of our community, and Congressional delegations were responsive to the need for a Fisher House in Miami. We thank them for their assistance in reaching our fund raising goal of $2 million dollars. For more information on the Fisher House Foundation, please visit www.fisherhouse.org.
Support the Miami VAHS Fisher House
You can be a part of the Fisher House mission. The Miami VAHS Fisher House depends on donations from individuals and groups to support its programs. Funds will be used to support the ongoing, daily needs of the Fisher House as well as to enhance the stay of Fisher House guests. By donating directly to Miami VA Healthcare System, you can be assured that 100% of your donation will be used to support the Miami VAHS Fisher House. To make a tax deductible donation to the Miami VAHS Fisher House, please contact Miami VAHS Voluntary Service or mail your donation to:
Miami VA Healthcare System
Fisher House (122)
1201 NW 16th Street
Miami, FL 33125
Click here to view the Miami VAHS Fisher House wish list.
For more information about the Miami VAHS Fisher House, contact the Fisher House Manager Carolyn Soucy, LCSW at 305-575-7260 or by email at Miami.Fisherhouse@va.gov.