SUISUN CITY — The Fisher House Foundation and Travis Air Force Base officials will break ground to build a second, bigger Fisher House next to David Grant Medical Center on Nov. 13, according to Travis officials who announced the development Monday to the Travis Regional Armed Forces Committee.
Initially, the foundation planned to build a larger 10,000-square-foot house next to the present one, but that changed last year when Fisher House Foundation President David Coker said that the patients who use David Grant Medical Center and their families will get two smaller 5,000-square-foot Fisher Houses.
Later, the foundation changed its plans again and now will break ground on the larger, 16-room Fisher House, according to Cindy Campbell, vice president of the foundation’s community relations and media affairs.
Fisher Houses are located next to nearly every major American military and veterans hospital in the country and overseas. They provide a home away from home for the families of military members and veterans being treated at the hospitals.
Travis’ eight-room Fisher House has been nearly always full since it opened in January 1994, having served more than 3,200 guests. It can accommodate up to seven families or 16 people at a time and has seen waiting lists of up to 15 to 20 people.
The base has been on track for a second Fisher House for more than two years, with both on-base and community groups raising money for the new house.
The latest such fundraiser, Viking Challenge, raised about $10,000 to support the base’s present Fisher House. Organizers of the upcoming 12th annual Holiday Festival of Trees and Auction on base hope to raise another $8,000. Last year, radio talk show hosts Armstrong & Getty expected to raise $50,000 to help build the second Fisher House, but blew away those expectations by raising more than $251,000.
Travis’ second house will be the third one that the Fisher House Foundation has started building. Once the Travis house starts construction, the foundation will start another one at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
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