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Causes: Human Services

Mission: F.I.S.H of Sanibel-Captiva, Inc. is a human services organization, focused for over thirty 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

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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!

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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

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.

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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 .

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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.

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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.

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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!