The Fisher House has been a source of shelter and comfort for families of veterans since it was built adjacent to the Minneapolis VA Medical Center in 1995. The 10-bedroom shelter is one of 55 such houses around the world that serve families of military or VA medical center patients.
In addition to a free room to stay, the Fisher House provides food, laundry and computer access to those visiting their loved ones. Perhaps the most valued benefit is the fellowship shared by the families.
"Because [the guests] are experiencing similar things while they're here, they get close and it helps with the healing process," said Fisher House manager Marge Oslund.
A second 20-room Fisher House is currently under construction next door and will open in February. The new building is funded by the Fisher House Foundation, and donations have also been received by groups such as the American Legion, Blue Star Mothers and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.