News: Army Reserve soldiers and civilians donate their time
Story by Capt. Addie Randolph
SALT LAKE CITY– Army Reserve soldiers and civilian employees of the 76th Operational Response Command prepared and served dinner for 15 guests currently residing at the Fisher House here Dec. 3.
“Often in emotional and stressful times people lose the motivation to perform basic day-to-day functions,” said Maj. Paul Turnbow, senior human resources officer. “If performing the task of making a meal and cleaning up afterwards ease the stress for one person for one night, then I consider it worthwhile.”
Maj. Gen. Daniel L York, the command general of the 76th ORC, along with members of his staff cooked and served dinner to the guests. “I'm so proud of our team for setting up a night to serve at the Salt Lake City Fisher House. The feedback from those at the house was excellent, the food was superb and everyone seemed to have a great time,” said York.
“Coming home from a long, exhausting day at the hospital with their loved one and not having to think about what to cook for themselves is amazing,” said Quinn Kiger-Good, the house manager, “A meal helps them feel at home. It provides them with some comfort and peace during a stressful time.”
The Fisher House Program supports America's service members in their time of need by providing lodging for military hospital patients and their families. Armed with a small staff, Fisher houses rely heavily on volunteers for everything, from taxiing families back and forth to the hospital to yard maintenance.
The program recognizes the special sacrifices of service members and their families by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. For additional information about the Fisher House Program or to volunteer, contact the Salt Lake City Fisher House at 801-588-5900 or visit http://www.fisherhousesaltlakecity.com.