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Journal Entry - 10.4.20

The historic carriage house on the grounds of the Fisher House Charleston has been renovated to its original design. The Friends of Fisher House Charleston made a moral agreement to renovate the dilapidated structure at 150 Wentworth Street when it bought the property.

Fisher House Charleston provides free lodging for families of military veterans receiving treatment at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. The VAMC supports 75,000 veterans and active military in the 22 coastal counties in South Carolina and Georgia. Prior to the construction of the Fisher House, many families could not afford to stay at Charleston hotels and had to sleep in the veteran’s hospital room or in their vehicle. Many could not afford to visit at all.

Since opening its doors in January 2018, Fisher House Charleston has hosted almost 2,000 families and provided over 8,600 nights of free lodging and other amenities such as transportation to and from the VAMC. Volunteers have contributed over 10,700 hours supporting the Fisher House Charleston. More information can be obtained at friendsoffisherhousecharleston.org.

The only alterations to the carriage house were to remove non-historic modifications. Every effort was made to retain original materials. Renovations were made with the intent to restore the building to a state of historical accuracy and to preserve it for years to come. Julia Martin Architect was engaged to design the building and to select colors, hardware, and other accessories such as the lights. Dow Inc. was engaged to perform the renovation. Both Julia Martin and Scott Dow have extensive experience in historical preservation and were chosen because of their outstanding reputations.

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Journal Entry - 8.31.20

The 2020-2021 South Carolina Society Children of the American Revolution State President's Project provides lodging and transportation support for Fisher House Charleston. Recently, Elizabeth Billham, South Carolina State Regent of DAR, interviewed Kent Hutchinson, excecutive treasurer of the Friends of Fisher House Charleston, about Fisher House Charleston and the impact of COVID.

Journal Entry - 8.14.20

Even though due to COVID-19 the house is currently restricted to 50% capacity, the kitchen white board displays the appreciation our veterans and their families express. Much of the hospitality they enjoy are because of your support and donations. Thank you.

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Journal Entry - 6.28.20

FISHER HOUSE CHARLESTON SEA FOOD CASSEROLE

Since early 2018 when Butler Derrick began volunteering, his seafood casserole has been enjoyed by hundreds of guests.

Every Thursday, he would show up and cook using a recipe passed down from generation to generation in his family.

Since COVID-19 has reduced occupancy and temporarily prevented volunteer involvement we are providing the menu for all to enjoy.

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Seafood Casserole

Journal Entry - 6.1.20

We Miss our Volunteers (and they miss coming to volunteer)!

Little did we know at our January 21 Annual Volunteer Recognition Party that six short weeks later COVID-19 would close the house.

That night we celebrated all your contributions and looked forward to continuing to serve the families of our veterans being treated at the VAMC.

In the interim, Vicki has been keeping all of you informed about the new procedures and acquisitions to assure safe return of everyone.

While house occupancy is significantly reduced due to limited visitation restrictions, your presence is missed by the families who have stayed when we reopened at 50% capacity.

Hope to see you soon!

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Journal Entry - 4.29.20

We are so grateful to the staff at Fisher House Charleston for staying the course and keeping Fisher House Charleston open to support our Military and Veteran Caregivers!

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Journal Entry - 3.31.20

What a difference a month has made.  As Hospitals reduce visitations and caregivers return to their homes, we continue to provide this calm, nurturing sanctuary for the clinicians working at the Hospital.  Fisher House Charleston remains critical to the care of Military and Veterans.

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Journal Entry - 2.29.20

Since opening our doors in January 2018, we've served 1,772 Veteran families at our Fisher House!

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Journal Entry - 1.8.20

Can you believe it's been TWO years since Fisher House Charleston opened their doors? Since then, over 1650 families have been guests of this Home Away From Home! The need was REAL!

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Journal Entry - 11.1.19

Trick or Treat yesterday from our Ralph H. Johnson VAMC Fisher House!

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Journal Entry - 9.28.19

BB&T employees regularly support Fisher House Charleston by cooking for the residents. They served a delicious meal of lasagna, broccoli cheddar pasta and chicken noodle soup to the caregivers of Military and Veterans receiving care through the Ralph H. Johnson V. A. Medical Center. This is what helps us turn Fisher House Charleston into the Home Away from Home! Thank you BB&T!!!

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Journal Entry - 8.2.19

82nd Airborne Soldier Kamau Stanback and his wife have been staying at Fisher House while receiving medical treatment in Charleston for many weeks.  We are their home-away-from-home!  Without a support system like Fisher House, they would find it much more difficult to be so far from home.  Thank you to everyone who helps us support them!

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Journal Entry - 7.9.19

Jacqueline from Hinesville, Georgia wrote about her experience at Fisher House Charleston in the room Journal. She has agreed to share her remarks. Best wishes on a speedy recovery. We are glad you found a home here when you needed it!

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Journal Entry - 6.19.19

Friends of Fisher House Charleston visited Hinesville, GA to meet with the local community and share information on Fisher House Charleston.  Great to meet with the Army Heroes of Hinesville, GA!

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Journal Entry - 5.15.19

Since we opened in January of 2018, we have had over 1040 guests stay at the house! Fisher House Charleston runs at 85% occupancy. We NEVER turn anyone away! If the House is full, Friends of Fisher House pays for hotel rooms. We don’t want ANYONE staying in their cars, or the hospital room! At the end of a long stressful day, it’s important to have somewhere safe and comforting to unwind and recharge.

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Journal Entry -3.29.19

It was her birthday! But instead of celebrating, she came to Charleston with her Military Veteran husband who needed surgery. Despite the stressful situation, she was able to find comfort at the Fisher House. Recovery is much easier with loved-ones nearby!

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Journal Entry -3.12.19

Today we had a Vietnam War Veteran check into the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. His daughter and granddaughter accompanied him. After all the hectic stress of the day, this is the room they checked into. They told us their anxiety abated as soon as they walked into the door of the Fisher House. They have a lot going on this week: but taking care of themselves isn’t one of them! Having family nearby will shorten his recovery time and improve his future prognosis. Thank you to all the supporters who make it possible for us to take care of these unsung heroes.

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Journal Entry -3.1.19

It’s always rewarding to get feedback. This type of Journal Entry makes the entire staff PROUD TO SERVE!

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Journal Entry -2.11.19

We keep a whiteboard in the Fisher House so guests can make comments and share thoughts. This lovely thought on giving “broken lives a place to come and rest” really touched our hearts! That’s exactly what we are trying to do! Provide a little solace and comfort in an otherwise stressful day.

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Journal Entry - 1.20.19

At Fisher House Charleston, family members can concentrate on the needs of their Veteran receiving medical treatment. When they get back to Fisher House, they find fresh cooked meals awaiting them. Thank you to all the volunteers who sign up to provide meals!

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Journal Entry - 1.9.19

When families stay at Fisher House Charleston, they are encouraged to leave comments in the Journals located in each room. Here’s a snapshot to give you an idea of how much Fisher House means to them!

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Success Stories


The Charleston RiverDogs and Hope Week

Hope Week and the RiverDogs

The Charleston RiverDogs visit the Fisher House Charleston and welcome the House's past residents and current residents. The Riverdog players were on hand to serve a meal for all residents.

The Truett Family

The Truett Family

With the Truett's home in Ridgeway two-and-a-half hours away from the hospital in Charleston, commuting wasn’t exactly an option for this Army family. Neither was paying for a hotel.

The Turner Family

The Turner Family

“We didn’t know what we were going to do because we have to be here for seven weeks,” said Alice Turner. “We called the Fisher House and they told us they had a place for us and meals were prepared for us.”


The Young Family

The Young Family

Military families are accustomed to hardship and change. They deal with situations that less than one percent of this nation has to due to their service to our country. One such family is the Young family: Perry, Samantha and their little girl, KinLee.

Kyle Carpenter

Kyle Carpenter

We are touched by Kyle’s story and his continued support of the Fisher House Foundation. Kyle’s family stayed at one of our house’s while Kyle was undergoing treatment. Kyle assisted in breaking ground at the Charleston Fisher House.

The Nesmith Family

The Nesmith Family

Staying in the Fisher House (Fort Hood, TX) while Sgt. Nesmith goes through physical therapy and rehabilitation for a spinal cord injury gives the family a sense of comfort and home that they wouldn't have staying in a hotel room.


The Beatty Family

The Beatty Family

When SSG Dale Beatty, US National Guard, Retired was injured and transported to Walter Reed Medical Hospital, part of his healing process was having his family near him during his rehabilitation.

Justin Crabbe

The Crabbe Family

Justin Crabbe sustained life threatening injuries while on patrol with his Marine Corp unit. When he arrived stateside, his mother father and sister lived at Fisher House to help not only his healing, but theirs.

Joseph Krebs

Joseph Krebs

Fisher House keeps its promise to all of America's Veterans. When Korean War Veteran SGT Joseph Krebs, USMC needed to be near his VA Hospital to get monthly blood transfusions, Fisher House was there.


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