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F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva, Inc

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Causes: Human Services

Mission: F.I.S.H of Sanibel-Captiva, Inc. is a human services organization, focused for thirty six years on ‘neighbors helping neighbors’. The mission of F.I.S.H. is to lend a helping hand to those who live, work or visit here. The F.I.S.H. vision is to enrich the lives of everyone on Sanibel and Captiva Islands through an array of Food Programs, Island Based Workshops, Social Services and Helping Hands.

Results: The F.I.S.H. Walk-In Center is a designated United Way House that offers enhanced services to our clients. Several United Way agencies in Lee County work with F.I.S.H. to develop more effective, cost-efficient social service programs. The F.I.S.H. Walk-In Center also houses our Food Pantry in partnership with Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida. In 2014, F.I.S.H. impacted the lives of 1,317 households representing 1,737 individuals. 86% of our 2014 annual budget was used for client programming Seniors 386 senior households benefited from F.I.S.H. programming such as Alzheimer’s Assessment / Daily well-check calls / Daily prepared meals / Emergency financial assistance / Food pantry / “Friendly Faces” luncheon / Healthcare assistance / Hurricane preparedness / Medical/health equipment loan service / Non-emergency medical related appointment transportation / Visitation / Workshops Youth 192 children benefited from F.I.S.H. programming such as Backpack Program / Emergency financialaAssistance / Youth lunches / Youth scholarships Families 931 households benefited from F.I.S.H. programming such as 211 referral / ACCESS program assistance / Adult education assistance / Community resource referrals / Counseling / Emergency financial assistance / Employment/Unemployment Assistance / ESOL instruction / Food pantry / “Friendly Faces” luncheon / Healthcare assistance / Holiday food programs and gift assistance / Hurricane preparedness / Medical/health equipment loan service / Non-emergency medical related appointment transportation / Notary services / VITA We genuinely thank our volunteers for providing 6,598 hours of service on behalf of F.I.S.H. and our clients, and for driving 28,700 miles on behalf of F.I.S.H. and our clients.

Target demographics: those who live, work or visit Sanibel and Captiva Islands

Geographic areas served: Sanibel and Captiva islands, SWFL

Programs: non-medical transportation, food pantry, meals, medical equipment loan, youth scholarships, financial assistance, etc. Our mission is to lend a helping hand to those in need on Sanibel or Captiva who live, work or visit here. Our objective is to make a social investment in our community that assists our neighbors to live independently with dignity in their homes

Community Stories

76 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Words cannot describe how grateful I am for F.I.S.H. of Sanibel -Captiva. I am currently trying to enhance my knowledge and career by going back to school for my Master's degree. Being a teacher, and not working during the summer, money is tight in my household. I wasn't even sure if I would be able to continue to pursue my goal of earning my degree. That is when I found out about this great organization. F.I.S.H. has graciously paid for my summer tuition so that I may continue working towards my degree without the stress of not being able to afford my tuition this summer. Thank you F.I.S.H. for allowing me to pursue my dreams!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The backpack program has been a huge hit with my kids. It gives them the sense of independence in making small meals and snacks on their own. It has been a tremendous help to our family during these unstable times. Thank you FISH!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The backpack program is awesome. Very Helpful. Everyone at FISH is wonderful and caring.

Client Served

Rating: 5

FISH's backpack program has helped us great. The girls like it. Healthy snacks.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I come every week to get food and the staff have been so amazing. They have helped me in so many ways. Anthony and Maria are always helping me out with more then expected. I tend to forget that I am going to a food pantry. Thank you FISH for being there.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have witnessed first-hand the life-changing assistance FISH has offered to their clients. I am proud to support and volunteer for this organization and encourage everyone to assist in any way they can!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Back in December my income changed drastically without notice. I looked to FISH for help with my electric bill. Upon meeting Nitza, she was so understanding and compassionate. I had never needed help before and didn’t know where to turn. Not only did they help with my electric but they also helped with my rent and gifts for my kids for Christmas. That was very unexpected and thoughtful. All the employees there are so kind. Anthony and Anna are 2 of my favorites for sure. Every week they give a bag of food for each kid along with other food from the pantry. During this pandemic they have been such a helping hand. Thanks so much!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have heard of FISH on Sanibel, through the years I have worked on the island. I discovered many stories of helping others through this non-profit organization; I never thought I would need their help soon after!
Their acts of kindness, coupled with Nitza’s calming personality, aided me in not losing my home (through the first Covid-19 breakout). When I arrived at the facility, I was offered a well put together bag from their food pantry out front.
Through my difficult time, and even worrying about not being able to help others myself, I was extremely humbled from their gracious gift.
Thank you kindly, Christine F.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

FISH has been a godsend to us in some very challenging times. Everyone is so kind and understanding. They have helped us in so many ways it has brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for all the amazing things you have done and continue to do for our community. Love to all of you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have nothing but great things to say about FISH. They have been a vital resource for my family while I have been in school to further advance my family and career. Every staff member has been amazing and helpful especially Anna, Nitza, Anthony, and Maria. Thank you guys for all you do.

1 Darion Train H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Probably the most use program around. You'll feel as if someone really has your back, when times get hard. Without F.I.S.H, I don't know how my wife and i would of survived once the Corona hit. I feel thankful and blessed.

Andy Janeth M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mi familia siempre estará agradecida con FISH social services, nos ayudaron y apoyaron con el pago de la renta durante la pandemia (covid-19) siempre con la mejor disposición, haciendo su trabajo, ayudando a quien lo necesita y ofreciéndonos un trato amable y cordial. Siempre contestando y enviando respuestas inmediatas, por siempre estaremos agradecidos con todo su equipo y trabajo tan impecable GRACIAS..

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I both simultaneously lost our jobs within the same week. We were devastated, not to mention our ten year old out of school with a thousand questions. We both have been residents and workers on Sanibel Island for over 20 years. We remembered that F.I.S.H did help us years ago when we were pregnant and it was off season. They provided us with diapers and all kinds of other stuff to help out. For us Island workers off season can really be a trying time financially. However F.I.S.H saw us through that difficult time. We hoped they might help us through this as well. We contacted a lovely women Nitza. She was incredibly patient and understanding with what we needed to do to receive the help they provide. Within a weeks time they had covered two months of rent! The two hardest months to get through mind you. Without the help of FISH we most definitely would be in a much different situation right now. The piece of mind their help gave us was priceless.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic family at fish .During covid and being in America I could look to them for help financially .

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

So many times I was down an out no where to turn this organization step up and deliver just want to take a time out to say to all the staff of FISH thank you for everything Clive God bless you all you make me my family very proud

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had an outstanding amount of help from f.i.s.h and they’re staff helping me make ends meet and provide for my family. Forever in my hearts and grateful for everyone who contributes.

1 Carlos Vicente G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

excellent treatment and excellent attention definitely the best 100%

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Client Served

Rating: 5

F.I.S.H.....IS AMAZING!!! When this recent state of emergency hit both my husband and I were out of work and were in critical financial distress. They helped us get through an extremely difficult and stressful time. We are forever grateful for the assistance!!! Again.....AMAZING!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very grateful that they are the best. They help everyone who needs it. I was very sick and they helped me in everything. Thanks to them I was able to do it. God bless you. Thanks

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love FISH and especially the people who work and volunteer there! They go out of their way to see what they can do to help you!
I am so thankful to have benefited from all they do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The school supply drive is extremely helpful. My son is in middle school and he has 9 classes, which all require many school supplies that run very expensive. Last year alone I spent over $200 on his supplies and over $100 on my daughters supplies not including new clothes. I can't thank the donors and FISH organization enough for helping us. We appreciate all the great work you do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

i will like to say thank you to FISH staff. You guys don't know how much appreciated me and my family are for the school supply and gift cards for my kids. Again thank you so much god bless you all.

Thank you every week for the food for my family. Thank you. Thank you. and Thank you.

Board Member

Rating: 5

FISH is an extraordinary non profit that helps those in need that work and live on Sanibel and Captiva. As a donor, we are very proud to support a critical organization. Their management and staff are exemplary.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Attended Fish’s hurricane preparation seminar yesterday ;it is one of the best info sessions I’ve been to: well organized, focused and practical. Materials are all immediately useful; speakers obviously experts and superior communicators. Facing my first summer/hurricane season on island, I am more confident now because of Sanibel’s preps and the always accessible supportive FISH.

Client Served

Rating: 5

During red tide I had such a bad time trying to pay all my bills. It's hard being a seasonal employee already and I expected no help. My boss told me about FISH and they were so kind and walked me through the whole process. I am forever grateful and it makes me so proud to work on Sanibel.

Patricemiller

Client Served

Rating: 5

After the algae episode that lasted for months on Sanibel it was really hard to make ends meet a lot of events for cancelled a lot of reservations were cancelled and it was just really impossible I was going to lose my house if it wasn't for this nonprofit organization was Nina helping me I could have never made it God bless this nonprofit organization they help so many people and they helped me save my house thank you so much!
Patrice Miller

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a hard time during red tide this organization helped me beyond belief thank God for them thank God for you Miss Lopez

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have using the pantry for 1 year. I work on Sanibel. I needed help with food and they helped me. Everybody is very nice. The food helps me and my 3 kids a lot. Thank you Miss Maria. FISH is very good.

Board Member

Rating: 5

F.I.S.H. Of Sancap has made a profound impact on our community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The staff and volunteers go above and beyond to help our neighbors' lives better!

Bart3

Client Served

Rating: 5

FISH have always been highly professional, compassionate, responsive and willing to help. In terms of providing assistance to me when I have been in need, they have honestly been a God-send for me!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

FISH have been exceptionally helpful to me at various times and in various instances. Whether it has been making their food pantry available to me or assisting me with much-needed dental work or with other medical issues, they have always - without exception! - been both highly helpful, personable and professional. From the volunteers to the staff members themselves, they have always not only done what is expected of them, but they have consistently demonstrated a genuine desire to be helpful. I cannot say enough good things about them!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Kudos to F.I.S.H. for another program to benefit the community of Sanibel-Captiva.
F.I.S.H. program director Kathy Monroe and Rachel Tritalk of Island Therapy Center presented a program of exercises to improve our balance. Also, in case we are alone at the time of a fall, numerous ways to navigate to a safer position using objects we have at our disposal around the house.
Judging by the comments I heard after the program, the information was appreciated by the large audience in attendance.......Keep up the good work F.I.S.H
Sandra Sultar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I are so lucky and grateful to receive help from FISH. I'd like to take a moment to recognize and thank the FISH staff and volunteers for their dedication and professionalism. Especially to Maria and my teacher Karen. I was able to receive Back to School Supplies for my daughter's first year of school. It helped us great deal. My teacher, Karen has helped me learn so much in the English program. I really enjoy the classes at FISH.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

FISH gave me a scholarship to go to the gifted program SIG at the University of Miami and I am so thankful My favorite class was genetics, and I learned about DNA and all types of chromosomes. Since I want to be a doctor, I think this will help me a lot. Thank you FISH for believing in me and helping me go to this great camp.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

The angels at FISH provided a haven of support When I found myself in an unexpected and traumatic emergency. Their generous gifts of short term housing, food and even a bike helped me gain the strength I needed to persevere through a crisis. They were able to give me the support and leg up I needed to walk on my own. And I have. As a result, I have been able to start a new service offering Memory Care Support to our community. Maggie, Nitza, Maria, and all the staff and volunteers are a gift to Sanibel. Their love and support for our residents and guests improve the quality of life for us all. Thank you for supporting me and allowing me to now support FISH.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Extremely helpful and giving group of people, very willing to help without asking a million questions. They do so much for the community and people, the island would not be the same without F.I.S.H. !

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Estoy muy agradecido con dicha organización ya que por ejemplo. Cuando el Ciclón pasado ellos garantizaron que no faltará agua, comida, medicinas ( en mi caso soy diabético) y no faltó referencias ni apollo monetario para insulina y demás .
También en situación crítica han cooperado con pago de luz agua y en ocasiones renta.
También y lo más importante nos dan entrevistas y cursos con especialistas en finanzas donde muestran como se puede lograr libertad económica,que puestas en prácticas por mi ,me han dado seguridad y fuerza en mi independiza.
También analizan cualquier situación personal hasta dar una solución satisfactoria.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with this amazing non profit organization has been beyond amazing in every way possible! I struggle as a single mother with 2 kids and at my most desperate times I know I can count on FISH to help me get thru a tough week! The staff are very welcoming and have reached out to me with open hands to get us on our feet. I appreciate each and everyone person there. My thanks goes to all. Keely P

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As hard as I try I am unable to put into words how thankful I am for what Nitza and FISH have done for me. During the most difficult moments of my life they offered a helping hand. At their office I am always greeted with warm smiles. I admire the dedication and ongoing support FISH offers to all of their clients, myself included,

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dear Nitza,
I cannot tell you how grateful I am to F.I.S.H. for generously paying my full rent for the month of July. F.I.S.H. has always helped me out when I have been in need financially and in other ways, (assisting me apply for unemployment after hurricane Irma, Taxes, Access and the food pantry…). I also appreciate your gently and understanding approach when you and I have had conversations about my living situation on Sanibel.
With much gratitude,
L

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't know where I would be or what I would have done if it wasn't for FISH. Lots of worries, many many tears and sleepless nights is what I was experiencing before they extended their caring and loving support. It is so hard to experience a major setback in life and even more difficult to ask for help. Sometimes we are faced with a life-altering terminal illness of a loved one, and job loss - this is what happened to me. And then I hit another major roadblock, an extensive home repair that was a total knock-out (TKO); leaving me completely defeated. That was when I reached out to FISH. They picked me up, set me back on my feet, and helped me to pay for the repair. The future doesn't seem so bleak anymore and the weariness is fading. I am abundantly grateful to Maggi and Nitza at FISH, who compassionately care for others in need. My optimism is restored and I feel hopeful. It is after all summertime, the weather is warm, the birds are singing and the Sanibel sunsets are truly beautiful ... like the souls of the Friends In Service Here ~ FISH.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I really don't know what I would have done if FISH had not extended a helping and loving hand to me in my deepest and darkest hour. My husband became unexpectedly and critically ill in 2015, and was hospitalized twice for extended periods of time with a prognosis that was not promising. During his two hospitalizations combined with inpatient rehabilitation he was unable to work, and although we had saved for emergencies and he had medical insurance it was not enough to cover all of our expenses, and we fell behind on many of our financial responsibilities. After extended hospital stays and his inability to return to work, we depleted our savings, and I truly became desperate. It was then that someone suggested I contact FISH. We have been long time Sanibel residents and through the years had lovingly given our time, talents and resources to the Sanibel community. We had always given, but had never been on the receiving end, and it is a place I never wanted to be, but circumstances in your life can change in an instant. How BLESSED we were that FISH was there for us, to provide us a financial reprieve that allowed me to get caught up with our finances. Our lives have been forever changed by my husband's illness, and during our crisis, FISH gave us hope, gave us encouragement and the support necessary to get back on our feet. I am forever grateful and will never forget how deeply and tenderly they have touched our lives.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Greetings Nitza.
For us (family Sosa - Gomez), F.I.S.H represents an organization with wonderful people who dedicate their time and resources to help those most in need. To all the donators and collaborators of the F.I.S.H organization, many blessings always. It is a blessing for many people who have received help from fish. In particular, they have helped us in every way, from the emotional to the economic. In the most difficult moments of our lives, F.I.S.H Case Manager Nitza has been by our side as if it were part of our family. With great respect and admiration for what they have done for us and for many families we wish all the people that make possible the existence of fish many blessings and that continue pleasing hearts with everything they do for their neighbor.
On behalf of the Gomez- Sosa family, many thanks and blessings.

2 Katie M.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

F.I.S.H. has been so wonderful to my kids and I. We appreciate every bit of help they offer as well as the food pantry. I highly recommend them to everyone!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dear Nitza,

I want to take a moment to thank you for the phenomenal amount of help your organization provided to me during the worst time of my life. After suffering through a quadruple bypass and open heart surgery, I found myself in a morass of paperwork and appointments. I was feeling pretty vulnerable being out of work and seeing the mounting medical bills. Fish not only helped pay my rent for three months, they helped pay my deductibles, my hospital bills, they arranged for my rehabilitative medical equipment, shared the contents of their food pantry and were there as positive support throughout many long difficult days. Even through Hurricane Irma, with all of the other people that needed their help, they were there for me. Now that I am doing better, they recently gave me a three-wheeled bike to continue strengthening both my body and spirit. I had no idea that Fish even existed until a co-worker with cancer told me how much they had helped him and how wonderful the people were at Fish. My own family couldn't have been more helpful and supportive.
Thank you truly from the bottom of my heart,

2 chriscoile

Board Member

Rating: 5

F.I.S.H. has been a well known non-profit organization for many years. It's main effort was in the food pantry, meals for seniors, back pack lunches for kids, etc. Although F.I.S.H. had expanded it's services, they were not well known in the community. F.I.S.H., about 4 years ago started a major campaign to create awareness. it was a combination of weekly ads, annual brochures and monthly newsletter. All of the ads and brochures have been donated by our generous donors. Awareness of our programs, services and workshops has grown everyday. Today F.I.S.H. provides programs and services for many clients who didn't realize they could get help. It's true that it's 'Neighbors Helping Neighbors.....chris coile, board member

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Board Member

Rating: 5

When I first became aware of FISH I thought it was a food pantry. It sounded like a worthwhile organization so I decided to raise money for them by giving a series of rock and roll and country concerts each year. I needed more detailed information for the promotion of the concerts and was astounded when I discovered that FISH, in addition to the pantry, has over 40 additional Food Programs, Services and Workshops. It is a wonderful organization focused on Sanibel and Captiva. It really is Neighbors Helping Neighbors....chris coile

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maggiegoldsmith 10/18/2016

Thank you Chris!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wheelchair: My wife had IPF (Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis). As the disease progressed her strength decreased. Walking, even short distances, became difficult. FISH lent us a wheelchair which allowed us to get out to a store or and event which improve her life at the time,

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP for 15 years as a volunteer. I am proud and honored to have been a part of and organization which works diligently and compassionately for their community. Each year I am impressed as to the community out reach by a volunteer Board of Directors, a small and professional staff and many, many caring volunteers. No matter what you "walk in life" is FISH is always there to assist everyone.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with F.I.S.H. for 15 years. Over the years I have delivered meals and equipment, driven islanders to medical appointments and assisted with their Hurricane Committee. My most memorable times have been meeting new "neighbors" hearing their life stories and learning more of the history of our wonderful island. I have learned that I receive much more than I give. I feel I have worked with others who were long time volunteers for F.I.S.H. and now are the recipient of many services. I am proud and honored to be a part of such a vital and much needed organization and look forward to working with our islanders for years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been volunteers for this treasure of an organization for the past 10 years. They have grown to fill many formerly unmet needs on our island communities. Their process for qualifying potential "clients" is impressive and makes donating time and funds to them a comfortable way to "invest" in helping the most challenged folks in our community.
Keep up the good work. Chip & Nancy Roach

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They have all helped my family in so many different ways and have really made our lives better with all the caring and helpfulness they have ways provided. I rate them a 6+. So many people are in need and they care about each and everyone. I love this organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with FISH was so great. I had a bad situation and they helped me a lot. I didn't have a house to sleep in, so they helped me get an apartment and assisted with the deposit and utilities. I used their food pantry. Every day I am so happy for FISH. I now have a job and can pay my expenses. FISH was so understanding and caring. They listened to my situation without judgment, they work so hard to help others. There was one day I didn't have any place to go, with my daughter, and someone told me about FISH. I talked with their social worker and she helped me get information and food and resources and worked with me to get on my feet. My life is better now because of FISH. I hope to get more hours so I can catch, every single day when I wake up I am thankful for FISH and for the staff that helped me. My daughter now feels safe with our new apartment She tells me every day to call FISH and say thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After hurricane Irma hit we found ourselves in a situation we had never been in in many ways. We had always been on the 'giving' end of charities, never on the 'receiving' end and never dreamed we would be. Being a small, relatively new tour service we have worked very hard and our business, while not booming, was growing. When Irma hit, all of the tours we had booked either had to be cancelled or were cancelled by our clients. Not only were we refunding deposits, but we lost the rest the money we would have made at the conclusion of their tour. To top it off, no tours were being booked. Even now, we are finding people are aftaid to book because they don't know the condition of the area and are choosing to go to other places.
We had no electricity for almost 2 weeks after Irma and had to throw out our intire refrigerator and freezer with no money to restock.
We had been told about F.I.S.H. by a business that I work part time at on the island. Not knowing what else to do, we took a deep breath and walked in. We were met with the most kind, genuinely concerned, non-judgmental people we could possibly ever had imagined.
After shopping the food pantry we were given some paperwork to fill out and told to make an appointment with a case worker and talk with them. When we came for our appointment we we were met with yet another kind, concerned and compassionate lady by the name of Nitza. After talking with her and finding out all of the help available to us, it felt like the weight of the world had been lifted off of our shoulders.
It's hard to know how to say thank you, because words seem so insufficient.
Thank you to all of the workers and volunteers who truly do make a difference in people's lives. You are a Godsend and a true blessing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

For as long as I can remember, I've always wanted to be a nurse. I guess life just got in the way, until now. With the help of F.I.S.H. Adult Education Program, I am now a Florida State Certified Nursing Assistant!”. I knew I wanted to return to school, but didn’t think it was attainable from a life/work balance and financial standpoint, in talking with Nitza Lopez, F.I.S.H. social worker, she made me feel that everything was possible, and helped guide me through the application and state funding process.
F.I.S.H was so supportive during this process, and gave me the clarity I needed to believe in myself and to better my life. I can’t thank F.I.S.H. enough for their support and assistance.
To have an organization like F.I.S.H. in the community is amazing. They really make you feel like you can do anything, like you belong, and like you are part of a family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I really appreciate the help FISH has given to me. After this month it was hard, I have 5 kids, and just had a baby, so I couldn't work for a while. When I come here to ask to help, and they were so nice to help me, and I really appreciate it. I use the Food Pantry, and FISH reached out to the community, and gave me referrals to help with my other needs. FISH helped with Hurricane Relief too. They are wonderful

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked as a volunteer for many non-profits and FISH far and away is the best run of all. The staff are truly community and client centered, treating all with warmth and respect. The range of services to the community is broad, from a well stocked food pantry, to providing medical equipment, rides, and meals to those in need, plus workshops on useful topics like budgeting, resumes, and nutrition. FISH has a small, but compassionate and expert staff, supplemented by many dedicated volunteers. I encourage everyone to donate to this outstanding community based organization and to volunteer if you are local.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

FISH of SanCap provides much needed assistance to people who live and/or work on the islands.

As a FISH volunteer, I witness the great need people have for the Food Pantry, children's back pack program (food for children for the weekend), medical transportation and/or equipment provided, classes and seminars that address needs, utility and rent assistance, etc.

People are thoroughly vetted to verify need. There is no other agency fulfilling these needs for our own community/on island.

Thank you FISH and your compassionate and dedicated staff!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I live on a small island. FISH is our only comprehensive social service agency. FISH is all things to everyone who lives, works and visits here. We are neighbors helping neighbors in every way - from food pantry to meals on wheels to backpacks for kids who need food away from school, and much much more. I am proud to be associated with such a fine agency.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

FISH is for everyone! I became involved because I saw many needs on our island which FISH addresses, from food pantry to education to meals on wheels. The staff does a wonderful job of ensuring that 94% of all funds raised go into our programs and services.

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maggiegoldsmith 10/17/2016

Thank you Sheridan for your review!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

F.I.S.H. Makes it possible for me to do shopping, go out to eat and even get from our condo to our car. I can't express the value and generosity of this organization enough. Everyone affiliated with F.I.S.H. loves Sanibel as we do. We have been coming since 1985 but I have developed MS so it is much more difficult to enjoy all that Sanibel has to offer. The walker and wheelchair are invaluable. We rent a beach wheelchair which enables me to get to "my beloved Gulf" Thanks to all!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been fighting cancer on and off for the past 3 years,FISH and Jessi have been there for me. From assisting with bills, filling out paperwork or a friendly ear, Jessi at FISH is your girl. I am so grateful for this program for without FISH and Jessi, I'm not sure where I would be. Thank you Jessi and FISH!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I first moved to the islands from the Midwest, I had always heard about FISH in our local newspapers and always believed them to be an agency helping the elderly i.e. giving rides to doctor's appointments, providing temporary medical equipment, hot lunches, etc.. Boy, was I wrong! I learned first hand that FISH is a helping agency for everyone who lives in our community from the elderly, to single parents ,or to anyone who finds themselves in dire circumstances.

I became one of the later when I suddenly lost my job of eighteen years. I had a home here on the island, a high powered successful career, no family, and nearing retirement. When I found myself at the grocery on the weekend and not enough money to even buy a jar of peanut butter I knew I was in desperate trouble. A friend working there immediately contacted FISH. FISH instantly fronted me with $50.00 of grocery money and arranged for me to meet with them that very Monday. No waiting weeks to get an appointment. It was then I learned the true life sustaining purpose of FISH.

Between FISH and the bank I was able to get a mortgage modification to keep my home. FISH gave me generous access to their complete food pantry, covered medical issues I was having, and provided the funds to cover my immediate living expenses until I was able to get back on my feet. They also assisted me with needed counseling, a free computer, and help with job searches. They invited me to attend their enlightening seminars on stress, proper diet, personal safety, and budgeting, and offered free income tax processing. Unbelievable but true - they also provided me holiday meals when I hadn't the funds to splurge.

I learned first hand what FISH is. They are a wonderful helping agency that assists people in a multitude of ways. They don't just help with one thing or another. And they continue to help until you're back on your feet and whole again. I know I wouldn't have made it without them in my life. I will never forget all the help they gave me in my very darkest times. God bless FISH and all of its wonderful volunteers!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words truly can't express how thankfulful I am for Jessi and everyone at F.I.S.H. I recently found myself in a dire financial situation due to unforeseen circumstances. As a divorced parent, living on a very strict budget it didn't take long before I was overwhelmed with disconnection notices.

F.I.S.H. went above and beyond to help me get caught up on both my rent and electric. They assisted me with groceries from their food pantry and Jessi even helped me create a new budget to get back on track.

They have all been a godsend and I will remain filled with gratitude for their kind support.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

F.I.S.H of Sanibel has been very kind and helpful in my time of need . I am a single mother who has done very well with my beautiful daughter . However on occasion life has got difficult . Always moving in the right direction but sometime needing a little lift. They have always been kind and informative in their help. It's never something I want to admit but I can not always make ends meet . They let me know I am doing the right thing and just keep fighting. Sometimes with things as simple as a bit of help with keeping food on the table . Other times a little more with finances . I very much appreciate that there is someone who does actully care for me and my daughter .

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

F.I.S.H of Sanibel-Captiva, Inc. has helped my family over the years with paying our rent and utilities in the months when we did not have the money to pay either. I am a single parent with 2 children and a full time job and still have trouble making ends meet.

I cannot thank them enough not only for the financial help but the kindness of the staff.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

All the ladies at F.I.S.H. have been absolutely wonderful to my family and I. The classes they have held have been very beneficial and helpful as well as offering scholarships for kids extra curricular activities.

This is an amazing organization and I can't thank them enough for all they've done to help not only me but others in this beautiful community.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As Director of Operations & Grants, I oversee daily operations at the F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP Walk-In Center, Food Pantry and of its programs, services and workshops. I am deeply committed to social change and have worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 10 years in different agencies and capacities. I have a passion for affecting systemic change in the way that the public, private and nonprofit sectors work together to support and strengthen the community. She is specifically skilled on working to build alliances and partnerships with mission and results driven outcomes in mind. When asked what draws me to F.I.S.H., I respond: “F.I.S.H. is a unique agency, and Sanibel/Captiva a unique place, where we celebrate diverse ideas and diverse cultures. We have an engaged and passionate population; people who want to get involved in their community life. I am excited to bring what I have learned over the years to apply to the concerns, needs and desires of our community. I recognize that F.I.S.H. is the organization that strengthens those who live, work or visit Sanibel and Captiva. F.I.S.H. provides the kind of programs, services and workshop that strengthen our community as a whole. F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP is for everyone."

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to sincerely thank F.I.S.H., for all of the years of support,
The generous contributions that FISH has provided me throughout the years, have reduced my financial burden, it allowed me to focus on my schoolwork and not worry so much about how I would have to pay for school. All your act of kindness has made an incredible difference in my life as well as my family’s.
Thank you, again

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with F.I.S.H. for more than 15 years. I have found each year to be more rewarding than the previous as I have watched this vital organization grow and enhance services offered to their island neighbors. The excellent leadership with F.I.SH. continues to meet the changing needs of the community each year. Their "open door" policy to share information on their services as well as their financials should be applauded by all islanders as they continue to assist and improve the lives of others. I am proud to say "I am a F.I.S.H. volunteer.