newsZachary Fisher was a prominent figure in the New York real estate community and a major philanthropic benefactor for the men and women in the United States Armed Forces, as well as numerous other not-for-profit organizations. In 1990, Mr. and Mrs. Fisher began the Fisher House program, dedicating more than $20 million to the construction of comfort homes for families of hospitalized military personnel.

The first two Fisher Houses, designed and built by the Fishers, opened in 1991 – at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC. A year later, the Air Force received its first Fisher House – at Wilford Hall Medical Center at the Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

By 1993, the network had expanded to 12 houses, and Fisher House Foundation, Inc. was established as the national not-for-profit organization to coordinate private support and encourage public support for the program. In 1994, the program expanded to the Department of Veterans Affairs, with the first Fisher House for Veterans opening in Albany, New York.From 1990 through 1998, all Fisher Houses were given as gifts to the U.S. Government by the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Armed Services Foundation. In 1999, the Fisher House Foundation began to build new Fisher Houses. At the time of Zachary’s death on June 4, 1999, there were 26 Fisher Houses.

In mid 2000, the program had provided more than one million days of lodging to eligible families. In 2001, the first Fisher House built in partnership with another organization, the Veterans Guest House, opened at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, and the first Fisher House built outside the U.S was formally dedicated in Landstuhl, Germany.

Currently 71 Fisher Houses are located on Military installations and VA medical centers with more houses under construction or in design. The phenomenal growth of Fisher Houses and the unprecedented support received is testimony to the foresight of founders Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher. The houses truly are "dedicated to our greatest national treasure… our military service men and women and their loved ones."