The Guest House was founded in the early 1990s when two Reno veterans, Chuck Fulkerson and Dick Rhyno realized veterans and family members were sleeping in their cars while visiting the local Veterans Administration Medical Center.
An example of this was a woman from Bishop, Calif. who spent the night in her car with her children. The veteran husband/father was in the hospital intensive care unit. She did not know anyone in the Reno/Sparks area who could help with lodging and did not have the financial means to stay in a local motel.
Thus began a credo that “never again on our watch” would veterans and their families be without a safe, warm and clean place to stay.
Working with supporters, the non-profit Veterans Hospital Foundation was established in 1991. In 1994 a small home was opened, which was affectionately referred to as the “Spouse House.” By 1998 this home provided five beds for veterans and their families. In 2002, the name was changed to Veterans Guest House to reflect the expanded scope of our Guests.
On July 2, 2018, a new 1,200 sq. ft. three- story home was opened. It currently accommodates 33 guests. During 2018, the Guest House provided nearly 5,300 guest nights of lodging to veterans and their families. This is almost five times the annual usage as the original “Spouse House .”
The need continues to grow as more of our veterans and their families need medical treatment. With the more recent military actions, i.e. Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the ongoing military service, the Guest House will be needed for years to come.
The Guest House is a Nevada non-profit corporation 501(c)(3)and is not affiliated with the Veterans Hospital or the Veterans Administration. Guests are encouraged to donate to help defray our operational costs, but no one is refused lodging for lack of funds. The Veterans Guest House is funded through the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations. No government funds from Federal entities or the states of Nevada and California are used for the day-to-day operations of the Guest House. “Never Again On Our Watch”
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