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At the beginning of April 2021, the Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) began the renovation of its playground and other grass areas on the two Fisher Houses at this location. NMCSD decided to use AstroTurf for the renovation due to the cleaner, more natural look it yields in comparison to other faux grass. Natural grass can brown quite easily after being stepped on and is easily be torn up by rough playground fun. Not to mention how much water and weekly care is needed to make sure that the grass is maintained for safety, and of course, for cosmetic purposes.
Speaking of safety, AstroTurf provides excellent protection compared to the hard and rough surfaces that natural grass and dirt have. With this new turf, the families staying at NMCSD don’t have to worry about their children falling while playing and scratching up their knees and hands. AstoTurf is completely pollen-free and hypoallergenic, making it beneficial to those with sensitivity to pollen and other allergies.
At Fisher House Southern California, our number #1 priority is the health and the happiness of the military families staying with us at any of our locations. Whether it be the VA Long Beach Healthcare System, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, or Naval Medical Center San Diego – Fisher House Southern California is here to help. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can assist Fisher House Southern California in our mission to protect and help military families, visit our donation page or our volunteer page for more information. You can also visit our news page for more updates on Fisher House Southern California and our mission.
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Dear Friends of Fisher House Southern California:
It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that our President and CEO of Fisher House Southern California Board, Steven Kuykendall, passed away January 22 due to a short illness from pulmonary fibrosis.
Steve was a Marine Captain who served in Vietnam, a U.S. Congressman who represented Southern California, and a member of the California State Assembly before a stellar career in banking. But what he was most proud of was his service to Fisher House.
Steven Kuykendall was the dynamic force behind the formation of Fisher House Southern California, which built the Fisher House at the Long Beach VA and supported the operations of the Fisher Houses at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. He also made invaluable contributions to Fisher House on the national level, and he will be missed by all of us who worked with him on behalf of Fisher House these last many years.
Steve was extremely proud of what he was able to do for Fisher House, and as he said to you so many times in his communications with you over the years, he was very grateful for your friendship and for your generous support of our veterans and our military families. And he meant it – your support of his efforts meant the world to him! And for that, all of us on the Fisher House team thank you.
Those of you who knew Steve and share our loss, and who would like to make a gift in his memory, can do so by sending it to Fisher House Southern California at P.O. Box 110, Long Beach, CA 90801 or by going to our website at fisherhousesocal.org. Per Steve’s wishes, no funeral is being planned though a Celebration of Life will take place once we can all gather safely again. Needless to say, we all appreciate what you have done for Fisher House Southern California. Thank You!
Fisher House Southern California, Inc.
Click here to view Steve’s obituary.
Steven T. Kuykendall
1947 – 2021
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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