COLOMBIA – Entrepreneurs for Fisher House Foundation will start Site preparations Wednesday for a new fisherman’s cottage located on the campus of the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital.
“A Fisher House provides a home for the families of our veterans who need extended care at our medical center,” said Sara Ackert, acting director of Truman Veteran Affairs.
The house will primarily be for those who live more than 50 miles from the facility.
“We know that receiving care that requires several days in the hospital can be difficult not only for our Veterans, but also for their loved ones,” Ackert said. “Having a no-cost option will relieve some of the financial stress they might otherwise feel. Our goal is to remove that burden so they can all focus on the healing process.”
In addition to private bedrooms and bathrooms, guests of Truman VA’s new Fisher House will share a common kitchen, laundry room, cozy dining room, and living room.
Ackert said the new home will be a three-story, 16-room facility located in what is now Parking Lot B, a 46-space disabled surface lot.
“Although Lot B is closed, we have incorporated these handicap spaces into our patient and visitor parking lot,” Ackert said. “Therefore, we are not losing any of these spaces. Veterans with mobility issues will continue to have close and easy access to our medical facility.
Ken Fisher, President and CEO of the Fisher House Foundation, said the Fisher House Foundation is honored to bring the third Fisher House to Missouri.
“The need for health care for veterans of all eras continues to grow, so being right in the middle of the heart of the country is critical,” Fisher said.
Construction is expected to be completed in the summer of 2023. Once construction is complete, ownership will be transferred to Truman VA.