Carolyn Espinoza, Community Ambassador continues to make a difference

From Mia Hughes, Executive Director:  “Tony and I are so blessed to call many of our nations defenders family….we attended the celebration last Friday of a 26 year career serving our country, the Espinoza team, Colonel Ed Espinoza, his wife Carolyn and their awesome son. Carolyn Ellis Espinoza is a community ambassador with our Fisher House, giving countless hours to our mission on Eglin and in the community, for many years now. She always answers the call and always says yes. What a dynamic and awesome family and it was touching to be in the audience Friday, feeling the love that pours over this family. So glad they will be joining us in the community as Ed embarks on his next great adventure.”

Cookies and Kindness February 2019

Cookies and kindness happens the first Wednesday of each month = today’s dose of YUM. Appreciate our Phantom cookie baker who dropped these iced blue sugar cookies off and Sweet Choice Bakery LLC for the cupcakes!

Pay it forward with Night Lights!

You know how something can give you a goosebump(s) on your arm and cause you to stop and think? We picked up the mail yesterday and received a package from a previous guest. They paid it forward, blessing our home and future families with a generous monetary donation AND a box of night lights. I love how this circle of life keeps going. #keepingfamiliestogether today’s goal, bless someone randomly. #itwillblessyoutoo

Meet the Team – Don Peckham

Donnie Peckham is a Fisher House Assistant Manager and has been in his position since the Eglin Fisher House opened in 2010. His favorite part about his position is being able to joke with the guests and get their minds off of what they’re going through.

Donnie is married to his high school sweetheart, Jennifer, who he met while growing up in Robertsdale, AL. They are both avid Alabama Crimson Tide fans, churchgoers, and have six adult children.

Donnie retired after serving in the US Air Force for 26 years in security forces and communications capacities. His passion for the Fisher House began when he stayed at one in Landstuhl, Germany.

Room 111 – Words from Guests February 2, 2019

“Thank you all for what you do.  I was so scared when I checked in but it was an incredible blessing to stay here while I supported my brother to become hopefully more on the road to full recovery.  The love and care for all will never be forgotten.

Please watch over my brother, quietly and I hope to see you one day with a smile to match that of a full recovery for my brother.  Thank you to all the people that support your great work.”

Meet the Team – Marc Ambrose

Marc is the Fisher House Manager, and has been in this position since 2016. His favorite part about the job is being able to help those staying at the Fisher House during their time of need.

Marc is very happily married to his wife, Brittney, and they have two fur babies, Stella and Charlotte. He comes from a large family, having five siblings, and his parents both served in the Navy. Marc is also an aspiring photographer, with interests in portrait, real estate, and wildlife photography.

Marc earned his MBA from the University of South Alabama and his previous experience includes operations management in AAA Five Diamond resorts.

Meet the Team, Judyann Schneider

Meet Judyann Schneider, she serves as the housekeeper and adds sunshine while she makes the house sparkle!  She has been in her position since 2016. Her favorite part of working at the Fisher House is meeting all the selfless people that serve our country.

Judyann is happily married to her husband Tom, and has five adult children that have blessed her with 6 grandchildren, with another on the way. Her biggest hobby is caring for her pets, which include three dogs, three cats, and three bunnies.

Words from Guests December 27, 2018

“I arrived here on 15 October 2018 for HBOT treatments, 40 – 1.5 hour each.  Today I will finish and return home.  My stay at the (Eglin) Fisher House has been great.  The staff and facility is above and beyond anything that this old marine is used to.  May our good Lord bless this wonderful facility and staff, because they give so much love, respect and encouragement to our veterans and their families.  My 40 HBOT treatments by Dr. Zant was a blessing to me.  HBOT does wonders for PTSD, TBI and many other combat injuries.  Blast concussion was one of my main problems plus radiation burns suffered during cancer treatments, agent orange problem.  I ask God’s blessing on all who assisted me to come out a winner.”

Gordy Fornell inducted into State of Florida’s Veteran Hall of Fame, November 2018

We are so honored to support our military families through our local Fisher House community group and so proud of the distinguished group of dedicated volunteers who lead us….join me in recognizing our Vice Chair, Lt General Gordon Fornell, USAF Retired “aka” Gordy – who was recently inducted into the State of Florida’s Veteran Hall of Fame. To know him is to love him…read more here.