About Fisher House

Fisher Houses provide military families housing close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury.


Incorporated in 2013, Fisher House Southern California, Inc. is a nonprofit all volunteer collaborative effort of American Gold Star Mothers, the American Legion, Long Beach Rotary members, the Fisher House Foundation and other groups, organizations and individuals anxious to support our Nation’s promise and obligation to support those who have sacrificed for our Country’s freedom and security. FHSC’s mission is to help military families by supporting four Fisher Houses throughout Southern California, located at major military and VA medical centers, including:

VA Long Beach Healthcare System
long beach main
Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton
camp pendleton
Naval Medical Center San Diego
san diego

$3 million


to fund the construction of a new Fisher House on the VA Long Beach Healthcare System campus, which opened in October 2016.

The FHSC’s all-volunteer Board of Directors logged over 200 appearances, speaking to almost 15,000 people as part of this capital fundraising campaign.


Executive Committee

Steven T. Kuykendall President/CEO

Kenneth S. Gillespie Treasurer/CFO

Gary W. Hopkins, PhD Vice President, Administration

John G. “Mike” Lipscombe Vice President, House Support

John Wagner Vice President, Fundraising

Beverly Bingham Secretary

Terry L. Geiling Director

Liz Lucas Director, Long Beach Rotary Liaison

Pam Luckey Director, Real Estate Community Liaison

Gregory L. Owen Director, Long Beach Rotary Liaison

Valerie J. Owen Director, Long Beach Area Liaison

Jim Paddock Director

Steven Spriggs Director, Veteran Organizations Liaison

FHSC is committed to transparency. Below please find our most recent IRS Form 990.


Fisher House Foundation builds comfort homes where military & veterans families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital.

These homes are located at military and VA medical centers around the world. As of February 2019, there are 80 Fisher Houses located in the US, Germany and United Kingdom.

Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room.

Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $451 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.

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 an “A+” grade from Charity Watch and Four Stars (out of Four) from Charity Navigator. The Fisher House Foundation is also recognized as being one of the top 3 military charities in the Nation with special recognition given to their less than 5% cost of administration.