We are so thankful for the support of our community! The Vogelweh After School Program held a donation drive to help stock our pantry! We say it all the time, but we could never provide the level of support our residents deserve without the support of our community!
We are very pleased to announce our Volunteer Coordinator, Mrs. Emily Mabe, has been named the Army Fisher House Volunteer of the Year as well as the Fisher House Foundation Volunteer of the year!
Emily began volunteering with us two years ago as a member of our Meals Team. In 2015, she took on the role of Volunteer Coordinator. This role requires between 30-40 volunteer hours each week.
Emily has served the Wounded Service Member community since 2005 both professionally and through volunteer work. Her relationship with Fisher House began in 2006 when she joined the Meals Team at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Fisher House.
In her role as Wounded Service Coordinator for the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP), she provided assistive technologies to over 3,000 Wounded Service Members, often times meeting the Service members at Fisher Houses all over the country to conduct their assistive technology needs assessments.
Emily went on to work at the Office of Warrior Care Policy, as a member of the Integrated Disability Evaluations System (IDES), leading the Veterans Tracking Application (VTA) Team. In this role she was responsible for monitoring thousands of cases to ensure they were adhering to policy and the service member’s case was meeting timeline goals.
When her family PCSed to Germany, she was a brand new first-time mom and decided to put her career on hold to focus on her family. However, when opportunities to volunteer with us arose she eagerly jumped in! When asked about her time with us she replied:
“My time volunteering at the Landstuhl Fisher House has been incredibly special! I feel so blessed to have the privilege of continuing to pursue my passion of serving military families. The Fisher House mission is one I’m so proud to be helping with. I have witnessed firsthand how providing a “home away from home” has helped these families through difficult times. Receiving this award was completely unexpected. However, I will treasure it always as I do my time at the Landstuhl Fisher House!”
Emily is married to Captain Douglas Mabe, who is a C-130 pilot in the Air Force. She and Doug are the proud parents of their 2 year old son Liam Findlay Mabe.
Aimee Davis, left, and Stephanie Garwold, both with the Health Services Auxiliary, present a check for $25,000 on behalf of Fort Gordon Fisher House to Col. Michael A. Weber, Eisenhower Army Medical Center commander, Sgt. Maj. Raymond Price, EAMC command sergeant major, and Francisco Cruz, Fisher House manager. The donation is the proceeds from the HSA golf tournament held earlier this spring. (Photo by David M. White/RELEASED)
Congrats to Lorie Southerland and all of the wonderful people involved with the opening of the new and improved Fisher House Foundation home in Fort Bragg, N.C. So glad to be part of the mid-April supply drop of games and to get to tour with Operation Supply Drop. It is a beautiful facility that will be a welcome respite for families who wait, pray and hope at Womack Army Medical Center.
We are so grateful to Girl Scout Troop 700 for providing and planting beautiful flowers in our planters! We cannot think of a better way to welcome the month of May than with flowers! Thank you for your dedication to serving our residents!
Did you know, many of our residents are parents of babies recovering in the NICU?
When the Hebert twins were born at 29 weeks their family stayed with us for the two months the twins spent in the NICU.
We recently had the opportunity to catch up with the Hebert family and learned a little bit about their experience at the Landstuhl Fisher House and how the twins are doing now!
When asked if staying at the Landstuhl Fisher House was helpful we received the following response:
“Having our babies at 29 weeks was the hardest thing my family has ever had to endure. At the time of the twins birth we were new to Germany. No family and no friends really.The NICU staff and the Fisher House staff really became like family. Staying at the Fisher House also helped eliminate the stress and financial burden of traveling back and forth from our home to the hospital. Also, being able to stay at the Fisher House allowed me to the hold, visit and participate in feedings into the wee hours of the night. Sometimes, I would stay in the NICU until 2:30 am and it was so convenient to be able to walk back to my room. All in all, being at the Fisher House was a blessing to us.”
In the two months the Hebert family called us their “home away from home” they enjoyed many meals provided by our Meals Team:
“We absolutely enjoyed the meals provided by the volunteers! There were days when I would spend so much time with the babies I’d forget to eat….I loved that when I would return to the house in the evenings there would be a hot meal waiting in the kitchen. It was such a blessing for us. Again, one less thing I would have to worry about while in our stressful situation.”
On what they would like others to know about the Landstuhl Fisher House:
“I would like everyone to know how much of a blessing the Fisher House is. The Landstuhl Fisher House provides a home away from home to all military families facing stressful situations.
The Hebert twins just turned 2 in April! We are thrilled they are doing so well and that we were able to provide their family with the support they deserved!
Mr. Tim McCarthy with the Knights of Columbus District Deputy, District 24, Augusta, GA; and Mr. Jim Clifford, PGK, FDD, Georgia State Advocate, Georgia State Historian, Knights of Columbus Charities, of Georgia Board of Directors and several members of the Knights of Columbus, the Color Corps Commander St. Teresa’s Assembly stopped by the Fisher House on April 28, 2016 and made a contribution to the Fort Gordon Fisher House. Mrs. Bernadette Sales, FH staff, and Mr. Earl Cooper, Fisher House Family Member, greeted the group to the Fisher House and accepted the donation on behalf of the Fisher House. Thanks to the following individuals – Sir Knights and Color Corps Commanders Darvin Hagen, Jim Howell, Mr. Earl Cooper, PFN Bill Holt, State Advocate Jim Clifford, Ed Huter, PFN Bob Barnett, District Deputy 24 Karl Stevens, PFN Ken White, Brian Musha, Tom Phair and Faithful Navigator Assembly 174 DEA Dave Kriegel, and Mr. Tim McCarthy DD24.
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