Volunteers help make Fisher House a home

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Aviation Chapter for the American Society of Military Comptrollers helped put finishing touches on Fisher House I at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Jan. 27 to prepare it for guests after a year of renovation.  

Nine volunteers spent nearly five hours working with Fisher House teams to move mattresses, bedding and other household items, set up furniture and do some light cleaning at Fisher House I. The event was arranged after the houses’ leadership contacted the volunteer organization to request help.

The Fisher Houses are compassionate care facilities located on base within walking distance of the Wright-Patterson Medical Center. The organization provides a comfortable place to stay, serving patients and families receiving active treatment at WPMC from all branches of the military.

“The help provided by ASMC will ensure everything will be in place for the rededication of Fisher House I,” said Isfandiyor “Diyor” Nishanov, WPAFB Fisher House manager, who assisted with the volunteer event.

Volunteers and Fisher House staff who gave their effort to the project during the workday are:

  • Patrick Solberg
  • Jennifer Caplinger (ASMC community activities chair)
  • Dawn Holding (aviation chapter president)
  • MacKenzie Enix
  • Felix Castro
  • Darryl McFadden 
  • Lucas Compton (ASMC treasurer)
  • Chris Stanley (executive director of Fisher-Nightingale Houses Inc.)
  • Isfandiyor “Diyor” Nishanov, (WPAFB Fisher House manager)
  • Isaiah Kleiner
  • Jaycen Newsome

Renovations were supported by the Fisher/Nightingale Houses, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides support to the installation’s two Fisher Houses and another on the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center campus.

To date, the houses have served more than 25,000 families from all branches of the military, from stateside to overseas, active duty, retired, Guard and Reserve. In 2022, 644 families were assisted in spite of COVID impacts. The average length of stay at one of the houses is about 4 to 5 days; however, some families may remain at the house for a few months or even up to a year.

To support the Fisher House, visit https://www.fnhi.org. For more information on volunteering, email isfandiyor.nishanov@us.af.mil.