Katz family donation helps bring sacred space to life at Fisher House

In this picture, a labyrinth path surrounds an iron sculpture with a glass disk in the center. A plaque reads, “This sacred sculpture is symbolic of the Veteran’s healing journey following injury.” On the sculpture, a plaque reads, “Body, Mind and Spirit. What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. – Ralph Waldo Emerson”

Zachary Fisher, of blessed memory, Jewish Builder and Philanthropist, created the Fisher House system to serve the families of Veterans undergoing medical treatments. San Antonio is fortunate to host three Fisher House facilities. At the South Texas Veterans Health Care System Fisher House on Wurzbach Road, a new sculpture has been donated to address the need of a sacred space for patients and their families.

Designed, sculpted, and donated by veteran artist John Meyer, the iron and glass sculpture welcomes patients and their guests, staff, and Veterans assigned to the South Texas Veterans Health Care System who are participating in recreation therapy with Recreation Therapy Service or spiritual therapy from Chaplain Service.

The project was completed through the generosity of donors Joel and Valerie Katz who have a fund called SA Give Back managed by Jewish Federation of San Antonio for the sole purpose of providing help for any and all Veterans. Impressed by the Fisher House facility, Valerie decided this project aligned with the purpose of their fund. “This place will hopefully bring peace to those who fought for peace for our nation,” said Valerie. A plaque in honor of all Jewish veterans and in memory of her father who was 100% disabled Veteran himself will be created.   

Click here for more information about the South Texas Veterans Health Care System Fisher House

For information on volunteering with Fisher House through the Jewish Federation, contact Eva Laporte, Director of Community Engagement.