Occupational Therapists advocate for others who can’t advocate for themselves. Serving our community by providing for families in need is a primary goal of the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) organization.
SOTA students on our CA campus in San Marcos hosted several events for the Fisher House Foundation this past year. Recent events included homemade meals for Valentine’s Day and various other holidays. During a recent enchilada dinner drop off, one of the families staying at the Fisher House expressed their gratitude for the homemade baked ziti “meal of the day” provided by USA SOTA members. It is an amazing feeling knowing that the efforts made by our SOTA really makes a difference in the daily lives of our military families going through serious life changes.
The Fisher House Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides free housing and amenities to the families of wounded soldiers, families of newborns in NICU and families of those receiving medical care. The two San Diego Fisher Houses have a total of 18 pristine suites and house a maximum of 60 occupants. All occupants of the houses receive full lodging, amenities, services and meals while their loved ones are recovering from military duty or illness.
In addition to providing monthly dinners and fund-raising drives for paper goods, house supplies and canned goods, SOTA students initiated a charity drive at the AOTA National Conference which was held in San Diego this past April and were able to provide the Fisher House with a meaningful monetary donation.
Becoming knowledgeable about local community resources such as the Fisher House Foundation, is a worthwhile cause for SOTA members as they are able to find many ways to contribute to the well being of others by providing much needed support to those in need.
If you would like to make a donation to the Fisher House Foundation, see the link for referral forms and specific need requests at www.fisherhouse.org.