Columbia Gas presents NiSource Charitable Foundation grant to Fisher House

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Columbia Gas of Kentucky on Thursday made a special investment to help families of veterans receiving treatment at Lexington’s Veteran’s Administration Medical Center with a $10,000 grant from the NiSource Charitable Foundation for the construction of a Fisher House on the grounds of the VA’s Leestown Road property.

A Fisher House provides a home away from home for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers.  The homes provide free temporary lodging so military and veterans’ families can be close to their loved ones during a medical crisis.

The Lexington Fisher House will include sixteen private suites along with a common kitchen, laundry, dining and living rooms.  Families are not charged to stay at a Fisher House.  There are currently 75 Fisher Houses in the United States, Germany and United Kingdom.  The only Fisher House in Kentucky currently is at Fort Campbell.

Columbia Gas of Kentucky has a long history of support for veterans and the VA Medical Center in Lexington through its Inclusion & Diversity Council and its NiVets Employee Resource Group.  NiVets host a 5K walk/run each year around Veterans Day to raise money for programs offered at the VA Medical Center.  Proceeds from this year’s event were earmarked for the Lexington Fisher House.

“We are incredibly honored to support the men and women who have given so much for our country,” said Columbia Gas of Kentucky President Herbert A. Miller, Jr.  “This facility will be a great benefit for families who travel a great distance to receive care here in Lexington.”

On a personal note, I am honored to be the president of the non-profit organization, “Friends of the Lexington Fisher House,’ raising the money to build the $8 million Lexington Fisher House.

To learn more about our missing, how you can help or if you would like to donate to the building fund click here.

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