May 27, 2021

Orlando Fisher House Gets Special Delivery


  The Orlando Fisher House had quite the unique delivery in May to help stock the shelves for families staying at the house located on the Orlando VA Medical Center campus. The Central Florida Chapter of the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals, VAREP, the Lake Nona community and Beep came together to collect much-needed items such as cleaning supplies, toilet paper, water and snacks. The donations were then delivered to the Orlando Fisher House by Beep’s driverless shuttlesThe Orlando Fisher House has remained open throughout the past year as a resource for veterans and their families. 

“We have been taking guests throughout the pandemic, so just because there’s a pandemic, we still have veterans that need healthcare and loved ones here to support them,” said Terri Turner, Orlando Fisher House Manager. “Beep has also been an amazing partner, and we really appreciate their support.”  Ernie Plaza, Sr., President of VAREP of Central Florida, led the annual drive. As a veteran of the Army, he knew there was a need to help.    “Terri gave us a list of items needed while the veterans and their families are staying at the hospital,” said Plaza. “Being a veteran myself and being part of a veteran organization, the Orlando Fisher House had a need, and every year it is on our calendar to help them out and fill their cupboards. I love what I do.”

The Orlando Fisher House is a comfort home where military and veteran families can stay free of charge while a loved one is in the hospital. Part of the Fisher House Foundation, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $500 million in out-of-pocket costs for lodging and transportation at military and VA medical centers worldwide. “Everything from the ground up, it’s all important to the Fisher House and the families that stay here,” said Dr. Bryan Gamble, Deputy Chief of Staff for the Orlando VA Medical Center of the VAREP Cares drive. 

If you would like to donate to the drive, you can make a monetary contribution using the ‘Donate’ button on the VAREP website Learn more about the Lake Nona Autonomous Vehicle Network.