Third Fisher House Opens At the Debakey VA Medical Center In Houston
Alorica Senior VP for Operations Colleen Beers joined Dr. Poonam L. Alaigh, Acting Under Secretary for Health, and Fisher House Foundation president David Coker today to dedicate the newest Fisher House at the Houston VA Medical Center. This home will provide lodging for up to 20 families of eligible veterans and military at no cost, allowing them to be close to their loved one at the most stressful time – during the hospitalization for an injury, illness or disease. This is the third Fisher House at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.
The Houston Fisher House will not only create an instant community for its residents, united by their common mission of supporting a sick or injured loved one, but it will also provide each individual with a secure and private refuge after a long day at the hospital to rest and recharge.
The 20-suite, 16,800 sq.-ft. comfort home joins 71 other Fisher Houses operating in the United States and Europe, and was gifted to VA as part of today’s ceremony. Each bedroom suite comes equipped with a private, handicapped-accessible bathroom, and common areas that include a spacious kitchen, large communal living, dining and family rooms, laundry room and patio.
In 2015, Alorica, in partnership with its client, La Quinta Inns & Suites, teamed up to donate to Fisher House Foundation. Their combined efforts have resulted in over $240,000 for the construction of the new Houston Fisher House. In addition, Alorica volunteers recently delivered a van full of donated household supplies to support the families staying at the Fisher Houses.
“We are very proud to open a third Fisher House at the DeBakey VA Medical Center,” said Mr. Coker. “We recognize that our veterans will be receiving care now and for decades to come, and partners like Alorica help ensure that these families can continue to heal together.”