Posted by Eric Tindall on Oct 31, 2019
Kate Melcher, Executive Director of Fisher House Michigan was Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Luncheon speaker on October 31, 2019.
Fisher House Foundation builds comfort homes where military & veterans families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital. Kate said, "84 of Fisher Houses are located at military and VA medical centers around the world, however, there are currently NONE in Michigan. Supporting the national Fisher House Foundation and the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fisher House Michigan (FHM) aims to change that. Eighteen months after a Fisher House was approved for the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, a second house for Michigan was approved for the Detroit VAMC.
Fisher Houses are first-class facilities, beautifully designed and well built. Kate described a story that in California, their was an earthquake and all that happened was that things fell off the shelves.
Kate told us a story about her Grandfather, toward the end of his life. She went to a VA Hospital and he wanted to tell about her,  to his friends. He took her into a room, she was still wearing her Army wear, and he told them that this is my Grandson, and I am so proud of her.
Kate invited all to a Stories of Service Concert. She said, "our veterans serve our country selflessly, often in the face of great sacrifice and suffering.  We seek to honour that service at this concert. Please join us at 7:00 PM, November 6th for an engaging evening of story-telling and music at Michigan Theater. 
President Eric Tindall gives Kate Melcahe, a Rotary Gift for being the speaker.