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November 2020

Veterans Day 2020

A Veteran’s Day Message from FHSC

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An Update and a Message of Thanks this Veteran’s Day from
Fisher House Southern California

Rhoden Canlas is a nurse in the Neurology-Rheumatology unit at the Long Beach VA Medical Center. When the COVID pandemic became extreme this summer, he was transferred to the VA’s Medical-Surgical unit where COVID patients were being treated.

But there was a catch. At home were his two elderly parents, along with his two young daughters, ages 4 and 7. Rhoden is a single parent. The last thing he wanted to do was expose his family to the virus.

That is when he found out about Fisher House. One of his fellow nurses told him he, along with several other doctors and nurses, were staying at the Fisher House on campus. So that’s what Rhoden decided to do while he was assigned to the COVID unit. Some nights he would drive to his parents’ home in Torrance so he could see them and his children, but always at a distance. It was hard to explain to his four-year-old daughter why they couldn’t hug. Then he would go back to Fisher House to sleep and be ready for the next day at work.

Most of Rhoden’s COVID patients made it, but some did not. Those final Facetime or Zoom calls arranged by the RNs for dying patients with their family members were the most difficult things to witness, he said.

All of our VA caregiver house guests have extended their heartfelt thanks to the Fisher House team for making the House available during the pandemic.

We, in turn, extend their thanks to you, since it’s been your generosity and your friendship that have enabled our Fisher House to provide a home away from home to them during the COVID crisis.

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Welcoming Linda Rahn as our New Executive Director

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Dear Friend of Fisher House Southern California:

Hope this note finds you and your family healthy and well. As an ongoing supporter of our mission and work, I’d like to share an important update with you.

In August, we welcomed aboard Linda Rahn, CFRE, as our organization’s new Executive Director. Linda brings more than 25 years of experience in a variety of fundraising, marketing and administrative leadership posts, with national and local non-profits.

Linda’s vast fundraising experience and expertise will serve Fisher House Southern California (FHSC) well as we seek to strengthen our efforts to provide a ‘home away from home’ for the families who stay at Fisher House at no cost to them, while their loved ones are being cared for in the hospital.

During these challenging times, the four Southern California Fisher Houses supported by our organization remain open to our military families during their time of need, following all safety protocols. We hope to bring you more information in the weeks to come.

In the meantime, from all of us at Fisher House, we extend our thanks to you for your continued friendship and support.


Steven T. Kuykendall