On Sunday, April 23, #KLCares members spent a few hours at the VA St. Louis Fisher House chatting with veterans and their families while serving up barbecue and playing bingo.
What is the St. Louis Fisher House?
The St. Louis Fisher House is a non-profit organization that provides “a home away from home” to the families and caregivers of our military men and women receiving care at the VA Medical Center in St. Louis. Since its opening on July 28, 2010, the St. Louis Fisher House has served more than five hundred families of Veterans and active duty military personnel.
Since many of the veterans and their families aren’t from the St. Louis area, it is natural for them to feel some trepidation in unfamiliar surroundings. By welcoming these families, the Fisher House provides them with a comfortable place to support their veteran.
With that in mind, our #KLCares members were excited to welcome these families to St. Louis and provide them with encouragement and support. The volunteers and caretakers welcomed us with warmth as we began to set up for dinner.
How we helped
The #KLCares team took full advantage of the two barbecue grills on site and began cooking hamburgers, hot dogs, turkey burgers and veggie burgers. We also served a number of side dishes from potato salad and veggies to coleslaw and fruit. (Bernie, our CEO insisted on including cheese puffs — which were also a big hit). Once dinner was served, we welcomed the residents to pile up their plates and play some bingo. We handed out a bunch of fun gear like shirts, hats, water bottles and even gift cards.
All in all, volunteering at the VA Fisher House was one of the best #KLCares events KnowledgeLake has experienced so far. We enjoyed the beautiful weather, the amazing view of the Mississippi River and felt truly welcomed ourselves.
If you’d like to volunteer at the VA St. Louis Fisher House, don’t hesitate to contact them. There’s plenty of fun volunteer activities you can assist with. Learn more about the ways you can help.