KMC group reaches out to Fisher House

Master Sgt. Nahil Avelino, Story and photo
Contributing writer

***image1***Members of the Filipino-American Association joined members of the
Images program of the KMC Chapel Services Oct. 22 to show appreciation
and admiration for families residing in the Fisher House, a temporary
residence for visiting families of military patients receiving medical
care at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

Both volunteer groups worked on the grounds around the Fisher House and
the Fil-Am Association provided Filipino food for more than 75 hungry
guests and volunteers. The day was topped off with a $500 donation to
the Fisher House from the Fil-Am Association.

“Thank you Images and the Fil-Am Association of KMC for your generous
gift of volunteering in the garden and kitchen at the Fisher House,”
said Kathy Gregory, Landstuhl Fisher House manager. “Thanks to
volunteers like yourselves, we are able to provide a home away
from home for the families of those needing medical care at the
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.”

Fisher Houses were established in the 1990s and the first Landstuhl
Fisher House was built in 2001, the second in December 2002. Lodging
cost is minimal – $10 a night – which helps defray the cost for family
members who sometimes travel long distances.

Funding for upkeep and operation of the Fisher Houses comes from room
fees, charitable organizations, individuals and volunteers.

“We donate to the Landstuhl Fisher Houses every year, but this is
actually the first time that we prepared the meals for the residents,”
said Alex Botardo, Fil-Am Association president. “We’re hoping to be
able to do this every year. I am delighted to have an opportunity to be
a part of this wonderful group of people doing a great effort in taking
care of our own.”