Veterans

GCFH Honor Roll (as of August 1, 2016)

The Greater Cleveland Fisher House would like to thank the approximately 1,000 individual donors, as well as the following business, organizations, foundations and community groups who have stepped up to help us “put a face on it… and families in it.”:   Charitable Foundations The Eaton Corporation Foundation The Lincoln Electric Foundation The Dominion Energy Foundation The KeyBank Foundation The Mt. Sinai Foundation The Cleveland Foundation PNC Charitable Trust/ Edwin D. Northrup II Fund The Saint Luke’s Foundation The Lubrizol Foundation The Catherine L. & Edward A. Lozick Foundation The Joyce M. and Herbert W. Stielau Foundation The TurtleCon Fund The Sherwin Williams Company The Fifth/Third Bank Foundation The Alcoa Foundation The Timken Charitable Education Fund Medical Mutual of Ohio The Honorable Louis Stokes Weitzel Family Foundation The Brown and Kunze Foundation The David R. Conley Trust The Frank C. Sullivan Family Chauncey & Marion D. McCormick Family Foundation The Murdough Foundation The Genworth Foundation The I-X Center/Park Ohio Foundation The Cleveland Browns Foundation The Combined Federal Campaign The Progressive Insurance Foundation Emerson Charitable Trust Mr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Mihaly, Jr. Mr. Andrew Rayburn Automobile Dealers Educational Assistance Foundation The Enterprise Holdings Foundation The Donovan Veterans Fund/Akron Community Foundation The Kline […]

A touching, personal story about survival by Amanda Gilliam – “To me and my family in that moment, it meant the world.”

  Story by guest blogger Amanda Gilliam. On August 13, 2014 my husband became a statistic. He was one of the 22 a day who lost his fight with the invisible wounds of war. Rapidly shuffled out of the home we shared on base, I looked back to see eerie caution tape surrounding this once vibrant house. After being rushed to the hospital with his commanding officer and fellow soldiers, we waited and prayed. Unfortunately, it was time to say good-bye. His family was on their way from Tennessee and were about 2 hours out. My life had stopped but the world blurred around me. I had the outfit I wore (pajamas), no toiletries, no medications, not even my ID card. Army protocol and regulation stated I couldn’t enter my home until the investigation was complete. I didn’t have anywhere to go and just the shirt on my back. On top of loosing my husband, my life, I couldn’t even go home nor did I ever want to face that house. The Fisher House took me and my family in without hesitation. The moment I entered I felt welcomed and safe. It’s not made like a hotel to be simple […]

Help Us Build A Home That Heals — Only $200k to go!

April 12, 2012 — SSG Travis Mills lost both arms and legs in an IED blast in Afganistan. His wife Kelsey and daughter Chloe remained his primary motivation in becoming one of five people to ever survive a quadruple amputation. They healed together at Fisher House, DC. Every dollar donated  to GCFH will give Cleveland Vets and their families a home to heal while receiving care from Stokes VA Hospital. $2.8 M Raised // $3M Goal — Only $200k to go!    

The world’s oldest living Pearl Harbor Survivor will inspire anyone who watches this video.

  • Oldest Pearl Harbor vet still pumping iron at 104

    "He's changed my outlook on aging forever," trainer Sean Thompson said of Ray Chavez, who is celebrating his 104th birthday this week and is the nation's oldest surviving Pearl Harbor veteran. story: http://bit.ly/1QCaNdA

    Posted by The San Diego Union-Tribune on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The world’s oldest living Pearl Harbor Survivor will inspire anyone who watches this video. Ray Chaves is 104 years old and in the gym every day! Oldest Living Pearl Harbor Vet Still Pumping Iron At 104, His Secret Is Simple And Powerful. Ray continues to defeat the odds, prove people wrong, and inspire us deeply Ray Chavez credits healthy diet, gym visits for longevity. “He’s changed my outlook on aging forever,” trainer Sean Thompson said of Ray Chavez, who is celebrating his 104th birthday this week and is the nation’s oldest surviving Pearl Harbor veteran.   Original story by The San Diego Union Tribune. 

Volunteers Needed for 7th Annual Lacrosse Showcase to benefit The Greater Cleveland Fisher House

Burning River Lacrosse is hosting its 7th Annual Lacrosse Showcase to benefit The Greater Cleveland Fisher House (GCFH).  The Showcase will take place Saturday, May 7th, at Hawken High School.  VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO WORK THIS EVENT.  The volunteer sign up list is live at:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C4DAFA928A1FB6-2016 Volunteers can click on the link and register for anyone single or multiple spots. For full event info, visit http://greaterclevelandfisherhouse.org/event/lacrosse-showcase-fundraiser-hawkin/  

#GivingTuesday at GCFH

WHAT IS #GIVINGTUESDAY? We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.   Please donate to the Greater Cleveland Fisher House in support of #GivingTuesday by using the form below.  

GCFH Honor Roll (as of November 1, 2015)

The Greater Cleveland Fisher House Honor Roll (as of November 1, 2015)   The Greater Cleveland Fisher House would like to thank the approximately 1,000 individual donors, as well as the following business, organizations, foundations and community groups who have stepped up to help us “put a face on it… and families in it.”:   Charitable Foundations The Eaton Corporation Foundation The Lincoln Electric Foundation The Dominion Energy Foundation The KeyBank Foundation The Mt. Sinai Foundation The Saint Luke’s Foundation The Lubrizol Foundation The Joyce M. and Herbert W. Stielau Foundation The TurtleCon Fund The Sherwin Williams Company The Fifth/Third Bank Foundation The Alcoa Foundation The Timken Charitable Education Fund Medical Mutual of Ohio The Honorable Louis Stokes The Brown and Kunze Foundation The David R. Conley Trust The Frank C. Sullivan Family Chauncey & Marion D. McCormick Family Foundation The Murdough Foundation The Genworth Foundation The I-X Center/Park Ohio Foundation The Cleveland Browns Foundation The Combined Federal Campaign The Progressive Insurance Foundation Emerson Charitable Trust Mr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Mihaly, Jr. Mr. Andrew Rayburn Automobile Dealers Educational Assistance Foundation The Enterprise Holdings Foundation The Donovan Veterans Fund/Akron Community Foundation The David and Inez Myers Foundation The Castele Family Foundation The […]

Suicide Prevention: How 1 Person Can Make a Difference

On World Suicide Prevention Day learn the warning signs. If you are military or a Veteran and you need help call 800-273-TALK or text 838255. One person can make a difference. Thoughts of suicide are not necessarily something people explicitly announce to the world, which means loved ones often have no idea that their friend or family member is contemplating it. But there are signs and risk factors, and while you might be thinking you can’t make a difference by yourself, you’re wrong. Experts say that’s sometimes all it takes. That’s the point of the Power of 1 Campaign, launched by the Defense Department and Department of Veterans Affairs in observance of National Suicide Prevention Month. “One smile, one conversation, one comment, one caring gesture toward somebody at risk can make a difference in their experience and perhaps instill hope and get them to help,” said Dr. Keita Franklin, the director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office. The No. 1 thing to know: Suicide is preventable. Warning signs are just missed sometimes. “Inevitably, we always know that somebody has told somebody that they were struggling,” Franklin said of her office’s research. “Unfortunately, that person may not have known the extent […]

What Will You Do? (PSA video by Gary Sinise)

Our Veterans put everything on the line to protect our freedom. We may never be able to repay them for their sacrifice, but we can show them just how much we appreciate all that they’ve done. Everyone can do something to let Veterans know how much we appreciate their service. Visit www.volunteer.va.gov. What will you do? Award-winning actor Gary Sinise is probably remembered most for his roles as Lt. Dan from the movie “Forrest Gump” and Detective Mac Taylor on CBS-TV’s “CSI: New York.” But did you know he also works tirelessly on behalf of our active duty military and Veterans? In addition to touring with the United Service Organizations (USO) and entertaining troops with his “Lt. Dan Band,” he also volunteers his time to help the VA communicate to Veterans and the public through Public Service Announcements (PSAs) like this one.   View the original PSA on The Department of Veterans Affairs website here. 

A special LinkedIn offer for all Vets and Service Members

LinkedIn offers free 1-year Job Seeker Premium subscription for all Vets and Service Members: We’re honored to help you take the next step in your career. Evan Guzman helps veterans find fulfilling civilian jobs, and he’s using LinkedIn to do it. See how LinkedIn can help you, too. Fine out more here: https://veterans.linkedin.com/