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Support our Troops with Fisher House

Posted: 05/23/07
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At a time when our country faces difficult challenges around the world, it’s important to reflect, give thanks, and do our part. Memorial Day Fisher House is an opportunity to celebrate our heritage, and honor those who fight for our country. For Memorial Day, Whole Latte Love™ is working with you, our customers, and the Fisher House Foundation to donate proceeds to help those who need it most—our military families. In a time of political turmoil and endless debate, our service men and women are often lost in the shuffle. Our goal is to bring their needs to the forefront, educate ourselves and our readers on their struggle, and do what is necessary to ensure that injured American soldiers and their families receive the support that they need.

The Fisher House Commitment
When American soldiers are wounded in the battle zone, they are transported to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany for treatment and evaluation. Those with serious injuries are flown back to Andrews Air Force Base here in the U.S., where they can be transported to military medical centers for continued treatment. At every stage of this process, the Fisher House Foundation offers lodging for wounded veterans and their families at home and abroad. Founded in 1990, the Fisher House program has provided a home-away-from home for more than 100,000 military families free of charge, and as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization as well as a 509(a)(1) public charity, the Fisher House Foundation is dedicated to building new houses through private and public support.

A Home Away From Home
For the past 17 years, the Fisher House Foundation has built 38 state-of-the-art facilities located on 18 military bases and 8 VA medical centers worldwide. Fisher Houses are built for comfort, with private suites for 16-42 families, and every house is handicap-accessible. With on-site staff, professionally furnished kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms, libraries, and laundry facilities, Fisher Houses have been a home away from home for more than 8,500 families annually. Today, there is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center to ensure that families in need can have a comfortable home that keeps them close to their loved ones during hospitalization, in-patient, and out-patient treatment.

Why Fisher House?
When Whole Latte Love™ set out to find a charity to work with, our goal was to find an organization that has shown a strong commitment to helping soldiers that have been wounded in the war in Iraq.fisherhouse.org Our search involved company-wide research to understand how we, as a company, can help our troops in their time of great need—when they require treatment for their injuries and illnesses.

As a national not-for-profit organization and charity, the Fisher House Foundation has proven to be among the very best, raising over $16 million a year, while spending only 2.6% of their revenue on operational costs. Independent studies by Charity Navigator and the American Institute of Philanthropy have given the Fisher House Foundation four stars, and a grade of A+, respectively. In addition to their capital housing projects, the Fisher House Foundation is a sponsor of the Scholarships for Military Children Program, and has awarded $75,000 in grants to the Newman’s Own Award for volunteer organizations. Plus, the Fisher House sponsors the Hero Miles program to unite military families through the donation of frequent flier miles, and the Caring Bridge web program to keep friends and loved ones updated with information on the well-being of wounded service members.

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During these difficult times, it is important to remember our service men and women. Whole Latte Love™ is proud to make a contribution to the Fisher House Foundation, and we encourage our customers to show their support. For more information, or to make a direct donation, you can visit the Fisher House website at www.fisherhouse.org.