home depot’s celebration of service : the fisher house

Hello lovely people!

I guess you might have noticed that last week, I was a bit out of pocket. Instead of Detroit, this time a few of my blogger pals and I headed to the busy city of Miami. Jamin stayed behind this round to care for our babes, and I was back before I knew it on a whirlwind trip.

It really is a wonderful thing that The Home Depot is doing, in helping the nation’s deserving veterans. It’s something I fear we all take for granted, and I absolutely love seeing the people, employees from local Home Depot stores, come together for a good cause on their day off. This time, we were honored to work with The Fisher House.

Isn’t it beautiful? What is The Fisher House? As best said from their site:

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 and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House Foundation donates “comfort homes,” built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times – during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.

There is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center to assist families in need and to ensure that they are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment. Annually, the Fisher House program serves more than 17,000 families, and have made available over four million days of lodging to family members since the program originated in 1990. By law, there is no charge for any family to stay at a Fisher House operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs; and Fisher House Foundation uses donations to reimburse the individual Fisher Houses operated by the Army, Navy, and Air Force. No family pays to stay at any Fisher House!

{Here we are at the opening ceremonies, courtesy of The Home Depot Foundation. I’m the one in orange.}

Isn’t this an amazing cause? This entire program was founded by Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher, who saw a need and filled it. Their story really is inspiring. It’s now managed by great people who work day in and day out to serve our veterans and their families.

While we worked there that day, we were able to speak with a sweet woman who was actually staying in The Fisher House. I simply can’t imagine her situation but it was really an honor to hear her story. The Fisher House made visiting her father, who was in the hospital for surgery and esophageal cancer, possible. Without The Fisher House she wasn’t sure what she would have done or if it would have been possible to be at his side. We all know it’s important for anyone going through something as serious as a hospital stay, to have loved ones and a support system near. Sometimes, it’s the very best medicine. It was a simple walk across a yard and she was at that hospital, by her father’s side. This is something that can be absolutely priceless to a family dealing with sickness, unsure times, hospital stays, and everything in between. What a beautiful thing the Fisher House is!

What I love the most about the Fisher House, second to their wonderful cause, is their underlying take on it all. When someone comes to stay at a Fisher House, they really want it to feel like a home. A really nice home. They go above and beyond to do so. I’ve always said design can be so much more than what it appears on the surface…and I absolutely love this.

Who wouldn’t feel welcome here?

On that Celebration of Sevice Day with Home Depot, a lot of good people came together to do some maintenance around this house. We worked on the flower beds,

(photo courtesy of The Home Depot Foundation)

Repainted some guest rooms,

And helped change out some light bulbs to help make the home more energy efficient.

It really was a great experience to be able to be a part of such a great cause.

This time around, a few of those great bloggers from Stiggy’s Dogs, were also a part of Miami with The Home Depot’s Celebration of Service. From left to right, back to front:  Dan from Military Avenue,  Emily from Decor ChickRachael from Lovely Crafty Home, Stacy from Not Just a Housewife, Trisha from 24/7 Moms,  Diane from In My Own Style, and Kris from The New Normal. I have to say, we had a blast, working with each other. I think there’s nothing more fulfilling than coming together with people for a common cause. And I adore all of these bloggers. I guess it’s safe to say we had a blast.

I’ll close with a few outtakes. I don’t know what it is about us and a camera. We were having a little too much fun.

We have yet another event coming up…so stay tuned!

Have you guys been able to find anything local in your areas? I’d love to hear about it if you were able to volunteer! They can use all the hands they can get. I promise, you’ll have a blast.

To learn more, and see the Home Depot Associates in action, click here. And to stay up to date on their awesome redos, be sure to check them out on Twitter and Facebook. To see more photos of our day, click here!

Have an inspired day, everyone!

Legal loveliness:
We have  partnered with the Home Depot for their Celebration of Service Blog Network. As part of this program, we received compensation for our involvement. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about any product mentioned in these posts. The Home Depot believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. The Home Depot’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

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7 Responses to home depot’s celebration of service : the fisher house

  1. JP says:

    What beautiful photos! I love this.

  2. Jenna says:

    What an amazing thing the Home Depot is doing. Our veterans sometimes are overlooked and this is so important. Huge fan!

  3. Mary Grayce says:

    God bless you!

  4. Anna S says:

    What a pretty house and a great cause. What the Home Depot is doing really is a great thing.

  5. Liz says:

    They have a fisher house here at the Palo Alto VA hospital in California. I have many friends that have utilzied that service. I do volunteer work up in the Spinal Cord ward in the hospital twice a year. The American Legion Auxiliary just assisted with the Ride to Recovery, which is an awesome program for wounded veterans.

  6. Great stuff!! So good to see service to others alive and well… congrats!!
    xo Heidi

  7. MaryE says:

    My Dad represented the Walmart distribution center that he drives from, when they presented a local Fisher House with a golf cart!!