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Fisher House Long Beach
In 1990, Zachary Fisher was shocked to learn about a U.S service woman who received medical care at a military hospital. Unable to afford a hotel stay, her husband spent every night of her hospitalization sleeping in his car so he could be with her every day. Zachary Fisher decided to change that.
Welcome to Fisher House Long Beach. We’re very proud to support our service men and women by offering this home away from home to military families and veterans so they can stay close to their loved ones while they’re receiving treatment for an injury or illness at the VA Long Beach medical facility. Fisher House provides temporary lodging in a comfortable and relaxed setting just steps away from the hospital. Guests can stay at any Fisher House at no cost for as long as needed while the patient receives care.
Our Fisher House Long Beach has 16 spacious private guest rooms and baths. Each room has a TV, DVD player, alarm clock, hair dryer, internet connection and telephone for local calls. Guests share a fully equipped and well-stocked kitchen and pantry, an open dining room, a warm living room and library and a cozy family room with games and toys for the children. Guests can also enjoy the large outdoor covered patio and barbecue. Other features include modern laundry facilities, wi-fi and common areas, and full wheelchair accessibility. The Fisher House creates a warm and compassionate environment for families to find support from others in similar situations, helping with the healing process. Caring staff and volunteers are available to assist guests with their daily needs.
One patriotic American, Zachary Fisher and his wife Elizabeth built the first Fisher House in 1990. Today, there are more than 90 Fisher Homes across the country, including three overseas. The Long Beach Fisher House was built in 2016, thanks to generous donors from the community. In addition to the Long Beach Fisher House, Fisher House Southern California also provides support for three other houses located at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and two houses at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.
Since 1990, the Fisher House Program has served more than 400,000 military and veteran families, saving them more than $525 million in lodging and transportation costs. With your help, we can serve even more. Help us serve more.
Jim Paddock-Veterans Day
James (Jim) Paddock, Fisher House So Cal Director and retired Navy officer, gives the keynote address at The Placentia Civic Center on Veterans Day 2021 (November 11, 2021). In his address, Jim recounts what it was like to be deployed on a U.S. submarine, and the technological advancements made in the decades since his service. Jim is a 1969 graduate of the US Naval Academy and served in the Navy’s Submarine Service until 1980, when he joined Boeing. Jim retired from Boeing after a 30 year career working in management and leadership positions on several military and government programs. Many of these programs utilized his prior Naval Academy and submarine expertise and leadership skills. Jim was able to stay current on these skills as a Captain in the Navy Reserves until he retired from the Reserves in 1996.