The Gainesville Fisher House Foundation is the result of the effort of the Veterans Services Committee of the Rotary Club of Gainesville and its members. This committee was formed to honor those citizens of Alachua County who have served and are serving in our United States Armed Forces. Seeing a great need in our community for a Fisher House facility, the group formed the foundation. The Gainesville Fisher House Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that raised nearly 2.5 million to bring a Fisher House to the campus of the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida. It is dedicated to assisting the house and attending to the needs of local Fisher House families.
The Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform as well as the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond those normally provided by both the Department of Defense and the Department Veterans Affairs.
For members of our Armed Forces, veterans and their families, the Fisher House program offers shelter and support during a medical crisis. Fisher Houses offer a comforting "home away from home" while a loved one is receiving care in an unfamiliar environment. This special support is even more important to a family during the most stressful time – the hospitalization of a wounded or injured service member involved in military operations like Enduring Freedom or Iraqi Freedom.
Most importantly, due to the generosity of people like you, no family pays for their stay. The North Florida/South Georgia Fisher House is paid in full. The staffing and maintenance is the responsibility of the VA.