The Friends of Fisher House is a local non-profit 501 (c) (3) established in 1998 to support the various needs of the West Palm Beach VA Fisher House. The Friends of Fisher House Board volunteers their time and expertise to support the needs of the families staying at the West Palm Beach Fisher House.
We strive to present a welcoming, comforting environment for Veterans and their families during a difficult time in their lives.
We raise funds through private donations to alleviate the cost of lodging, food and other amenities for the Veterans and their families.
The West Palm Beach Fisher House (WPB-FH) is an 8 bedroom facility, situated on the grounds of the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center. Since the opening in 1995, WPB-FH is approaching 12,000 families served. Each fully stocked guest room has a Wi-Fi Internet computer, a flat screen TV, and a DVD/VCR player. Families have access to a fully-stocked kitchen, a newly renovated dining room, a living room with a library of books and video offerings, and a beautiful outdoor patio overlooking a small lake. Even more importantly, they have the opportunity to be critical support system for each other. In 2012 alone, over 644 families were accommodated. The average occupancy rate is 80%, the average stay was 3.5 days, although that can be extended as long as is necessary. In the past few years, due to constant overflow, the West Palm facility has been prompted to lodge families in are hotels, close to the VA.
SHELLEY PRICKETT- THE HEART AND SOUL OF THE WEST PALM BEACH FISHER HOUSE
Shelley has served veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs for 24 years. From the beginning of her employment at the VA, she has always had a passion for serving veterans and felt that she was destined to work with veterans. She began her career as an Enrollment Clerk at the Indianapolis VA Medical Center and held several positions there. Shelley transferred to the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center in 2005 and has held positions in Medical Administration, Nursing and Surgical Services.
Together with her husband, John, they have 5 children, Jamey, a Sergeant in the Marine Corps; Dustin who recently received an honorable discharge from the Army; Chad and Taylor who both reside in Indiana; and Madison who is 10.
Shelley considers it an honor and a privilege to serve as the West Palm Beach Fisher House Manager and looks forward to assisting the veterans and their families. Shelley states, each veteran she has met throughout her career has inspired her to always give her best.
Your donation will directly support our programs for veterans.