Winter 2017 – Update
The following is the update report on the status of The Greater Cleveland Fisher House (GCFH) project through December 21, 2017. The news as of the filing of this report is that the National Fisher House Foundation has informed us that groundbreaking for the two Cleveland houses will take place this coming Spring (2018). The National Fisher House Foundation currently has eight houses under construction and are awaiting a slot opening to work us into the master construction schedule. All eight parcels of the designated project site (East 105th Street and Ashbury – a block north of The Louis Stokes VA Medical Center) were assembled under one title for transfer to the Veterans Administration. That transfer officially took place on June 30, 2017. We are now awaiting an official groundbreaking date from the Fisher House National Foundation in Rockville, Maryland. All that can be done on the Cleveland-end of the equation has been done.
As mentioned in prior correspondence, the capital campaign hit its $3 million goal. As part of a new design concept, the Greater Cleveland Fisher House will now actually be two homes with 16 suites and will accommodate up to 50 family members. The houses will be built adjacent to the grounds of The Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in University Circle, Cleveland. Again, the exact location of the eight parcels acquired is at the corner of East 105th Street and Ashbury, just north of The Louis Stokes VA Medical Center.
It is our intention to begin winding down the formal capital campaign by the end of this year/early next year and then transition from a capital campaign task force to The Friends of the Cleveland Fisher Houses committee. Funds donated going forward will be used to purchase deep-discounted airlines tickets for Fisher House families traveling to and from Cleveland (done through the Fisher House Hero Miles program). Funds will also be used to obtain “entertainment values” for the families in the community such as museum passes, Goodtime cruise tickets, tickets for family events at Quicken Loans Arena, etc. Finally, funds will be used to assist Fisher House families with children who may educational scholarship needs.
Note that The Greater Cleveland Fisher House is tax-exempt under IRC 501(c)(3), and donations are tax deductible to the maximum amount permitted by federal law. Please contact me (440) 377-0067 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org should you require further information.
Thomas G. Sweeney, Jr.
The Greater Cleveland Fisher House