‘Topping Off’ ceremony held for Lexington Fisher House
A Fisher House is where veterans' families stay for free while their loved one is in the VA hospital
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A milestone was reached Tuesday in the ongoing construction of the Lexington Fisher House at the Lexington VA Health Care System’s Sousley Campus on Leestown Road.
A ‘Topping Off’ ceremony was held as a wooden beam was placed to top-off the framing of the house. The 18-foot long beam was signed by donors, supporters, VA employees, Fisher House Foundation officials and members of the local non-profit foundation helping raise money to build the house, Friends of Lexington Fisher House.
The $9 million home is where veterans’ families will stay for free while their loved one is in either of the two VA hospitals in Lexington. Barring weather-related delays and supply chain issues, the house is expected to be up and running by the end of this year.
The 13,400 square foot home will have 16 private suites with a common kitchen, dining and living area. It’s being built just inside the main entrance to the Sousley Campus in a park-like setting.
Fisher House’s are only built on military bases and VA property. The Lexington Fisher House is the first on VA property in Kentucky. Currently, the only Fisher House in the state is at Fort Campbell.
Once the house is finished, it will be gifted to the VA for free. The house will then be owned and operated by the VA.
The Lexington Fisher House is estimated to save veterans’ families $600,000 in lodging and transportation costs. The house is expected to offer 5,840 lodging days a year.
The ‘Friends of Lexington Fisher House’ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation raising money to build the Lexington Fisher House. The foundation’s president is ABC 36 Anchor Tom Kenny.
Tax deductible donations can be made online by clicking here.
Donations can also be mailed to:
Friends of Lexington Fisher House
P.O. Box 54481
Lexington, KY 40555