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Through the Eyes of an Intern: Bringing a Taste of Italy to Fisher House

By Melissa Herazo

On November 7, a team of 10 Boland volunteers visited the Fisher House in Bethesda, MD. These homes provide a “home away from home” for families of patients who are being treated for medical care at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Celebrating Veterans day with the Fisher House guests.

We arrived at 1:00 pm and took our place in the waiting room as our security clearance was being processed. While I was waiting, I couldn’t help but think about the families we met at our last Boland cook out over the summer. This time, Corporate Services Leader, Dina Chahalis was “Chef Dina” leading us in our efforts to bring a taste of Italy to our diners for the evening.

Chef Dina and Melissa with the Fisher's after a successful dinner once again.

Upon arrival, I was tasked with decorating the dining room and tables. The rest of our group was broken into smaller teams responsible with various components of meal preparation. Chef Dina shared her recipes, and jumped in to assist as needed.