FRIENDS OF THE PITTSBURGH FISHER HOUSE INC

Pittsburgh, PA   |  www.pittsburghfisherhouse.org

Mission

To ease the burden of our Veterans and their families during difficult times.

Ruling year info

2013

President

Mr. Charles "CJ" Johnston

Chairman of the board

Mr. James Bruder

Main address

3945 Forbes Avenue Box 240

Pittsburgh, PA 15213 USA

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EIN

46-0881237

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (T11)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House

Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House support the needs of the Pittsburgh Fisher House and guests. The Pittsburgh Fisher House is “a home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House raise funds through private donations to help alleviate the cost of transportation, lodging, food and other amenities so the families can concentrate on their loved one during their hospitalization.

Population(s) Served
Health
Work status and occupations
Family relationships
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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Since 2012 the Pittsburgh Fisher House has been providing a "home away from home" for the families of Veterans & active duty military who are hospitalized. We are located on the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's Oakland campus. Our home, with its 10 suites, allows families to be near their loved one while enjoying a place of peace and respite for themselves. Families stay for free, lifting their financial burden and allowing them to focus on their loved one. The Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House raise funds through private donations to help alleviate the cost of transportation, lodging, food and other amenities so the families can concentrate on their loved one during their hospitalization. The Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House supports the guests in many ways including:
Providing transportation for guests to run errands such as trips to the pharmacy or food store
Purchasing all groceries for the house and guests
Supplying 2-3 meals per week, either delivered, catered or "grab and go"
Supplying gifts and catered meals for each Holiday
Supplying gift cards for guests to assist with groceries and supplies
​Funding monthly “guest night out” to restaurants, movies, hairdresser or other activities
Ensuring a welcoming and comfortable place to stay during what could be a very stressful time

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House supports all veterans and their families/care givers who stay in the Fisher House when the veteran and care giver travel more than 50 miles for the veteran to receive care at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Case management notes, The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System collects data on all patients they serve,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We continue to monitor and offer the amenities and services that our guests at the house request to the house manager.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House listens to the needs of our guests and will accomodate their needs if at all possible.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Healthcare privacy and HIPAA policies are an obstacle in collecting data about our constiuents,

Financials

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FRIENDS OF THE PITTSBURGH FISHER HOUSE INC

Board of directors
as of 07/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. James Bruder

Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House

Term: 2012 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Charles Johnston

Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House

Term: 2012 -

Mary Ellen Austin

John Corder

Jack McMahon

Barry Cox

Andrew Krull

Nicholas Krawec

Bill Dold

Dayna Brown

Michael McCarthy

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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