The Fisher House of Keesler, located on Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi Mississippi, is a home away from home for families and outpatients receiving care at the Keesler Medical Center or the VA Medical Center in Biloxi. Over 9,000 families have benefited from the facility since opening in December 1992.
Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher, philanthropists from New York, built and furnished the houses. Their desire was to give back to those who have given their all so this country can remain free. Our Fisher House was the 6th house built and there are now 65 in operation across the United States and Germany.
The purpose of the Fisher House is to provide No Cost lodging to families with loved ones undergoing medical treatments, surgeries or a host of other medical situations. Guests of the house start on a waiting list, as reservations cannot be given. Accommodations for the 9 families that can stay at one time include a private room, shared kitchen, shared dining and living rooms, and free laundry facilities. All rooms come with color television, cable, ceiling fans, private phone lines and answering machines. The length of time a guest may stay ranges from one day, to when released by the attending physician and sometimes even beyond this time.
Funds are generated from donations and fundraisers and our largest funding, the Combined Federal Campaign which 100% of donations are used for the operations of the house. The Fisher House of Keesler is listed under the “local” section. Contrary to belief, the Fisher House is not government funded, but merely located on base for the comfort and convenience of those needing medical attention at the medical center and the Veteran’s Hospital.
Who are the Fishers? Mr. Zachary Fisher left high school at age 16 to help his father and older brothers in the family construction business. Early in his career, he suffered a severe knee injury in an accident which prevented him from serving in the military. However, over the years, he and his wife Elizabeth served the country well by volunteering time and donating money to family-oriented military affairs. During World War II, Mr. Fisher served on the coastal defense, while Mrs. Fisher toured with the USO serving to bolster the morale of those troops serving.