Our Southern California Service Area
Long Beach | Camp Pendleton | San Diego
Fisher Houses are “homes away from home” for patients and their families receiving medical care at military and VA medical centers. While our homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility and readily offer transportation, there are several facilities in Southern California that do not have adjacent Fisher Houses. For our veteran and active military receiving treatment at these locations, Fisher House So Cal arranges for and offers lodging for their families at the nearest hotel, as long as eligibility requirements are met.
VA Long Beach Medical Center
Located on the VA Long Beach Healthcare System’s Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center campus, the Long Beach Fisher House broke ground October 6, 2015 and opened for families to stay in November, 2016.
The 14,500 square foot, two-story house offers 16 suites, kitchen and laundry facilities, a living room, dining room, and back patio / sitting area complete with a BBQ.
The VA Long Beach Healthcare System provides comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, and extended care programs. It employs more than 2,200 full-time employees, and is the health care provider of choice for more than 50,000 Veterans.
Active in both research and education and partnering with universities and education centers across Southern California, it trains a new generation of health care leaders.
Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton
Our Camp Pendleton Fisher House provides temporary lodging for families of patients receiving care at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton or affiliated medical facilities like the Intrepid Spirit Center.
The House offers eight comfortably furnished rooms with bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, living, dining, laundry, and play areas and toys for the children. This home also offers extraordinary outdoor space with majestic views, and of course, outdoor furniture and BBQ.
With over 45,000 marines and sailors, Camp Pendleton supports military operations on a global scale, making it a prime location for this critical resource that treats traumatic brain injuries and psychological conditions, often called the “invisible wounds of war,” that affect thousands of our service members annually.
Naval Medical Center San Diego #1 and #2
Our San Diego Fisher House location at Balboa offers two houses within walking distance to main hospital wards at Naval Medical Center San Diego. The first house was built in 1992 and was the first Fisher House on the west coast, followed by a second house, built in 2008, due to significant demand.
Combined, our two San Diego houses offer 18 spacious private guest rooms and baths, with the first building undergoing planning for a major renovation.
The Secretary of the Navy recognized the NMCSD Fisher House as among the “best of the best” in lodging operations, also named as one of 14 Navy Gateway Inns & Suites receiving the 2017 Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Award for lodging facilities.
The Fisher House Foundation
A separate, national/international-level charitable organization, the Fisher House Foundation builds welcoming and comfortable homes where veteran and military families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is receiving medical care at nearby military and VA medical centers.
These homes are located at or on military bases and at VA medical centers around the world. As of May 1, 2023, there are nearly 100 Fisher Houses located on 25 military installations and at 40 VA medical centers throughout the U.S., Germany, and the United Kingdom.
Houses generally offer up to 21 suites, private bedrooms, and baths, and can accommodate 16 to 42 family members at a time.
Since the program’s inception in 1990, the program
has saved nearly 500,000 military and veteran families an estimated $547 million in out-of-pocket costs for lodging and transportation over more than 11.5 million days of lodging, and today offers a 1,300 daily capacity.
Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members, as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge.
The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses, and children of fallen and disabled veterans.
The Fisher House Foundation has received a 4-star rating (4 out of 4 possible) from Charity Navigator, an A+ rating from Charity Watch and is recognized as one of the top three military charities in the nation.