(Via Ho’okele News])
Sailors from Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC), helped to give back to the community by providing dinner for military members and their families on July 9 at Fisher House, located at the Tripler Army Medical Center.
The Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that provides shelter to America’s military families in their time of need. Many of the guests suffer from life-threatening medical conditions, including cancer and other disorders, and cannot afford the high cost of housing living away from home.
Throughout the years, many organizations including COMSUBPAC and Pacific Fleet have come to Fisher House to lend a helping hand.
The dinner was organized by COMSUBPAC’s First Class Petty Officer Association (FCPOA).
“It is neat to come up here and meet the families and put some names with the faces,” said Electronics Technician 1st Class Nathan Varner, a member of the FCPOA and event organizer.
The Sailors brought food and prepared, served and ate dinner with the guests of the house. People laughed, talked and shared stories of past experiences over a dinner including rice, mashed potatoes, chicken and vegetables.
The Sailors took pictures with the guests and, after dinner, helped clean up and put away kitchen material. They then toured the house and watched a six-minute informational video on Fisher House and all that the company has done to help the military and their families.
For volunteer Sonar Technician (Submarines) 1st Class Marquis Perry, the chance to serve military members and their families in need meant a chance to give back.
“It was really good. The people were nice, and it’s a great experience to serve people food who haven’t had a home cooked meal in a while,” Perry said.
“The most rewarding part of it all is the chance to help people,” said Anita Clingerman, Fisher House’s manager, overseeing the two Pacific Hawaii locations.
Clingerman stressed appreciation for the volunteer help from the many organizations over the years.
Fisher House’s 19 rooms are located conveniently close to Tripler Army Medical Center and serve all branches of the military. This location serves all of the Pacific, including Japan, Guam and the outer islands.
The non-profit organization was started by noted philanthropist and patriot Zachary Fisher and his wife Elizabeth in 1990.