F.I.S.H. shares another story of helping islanders in need
F.I.S.H. (Friends In Service Here) of Sanibel has been running a “Helping Hands” program for many years. I would like to share a recent client case study with you to show how F.I.S.H. is making a difference in the lives of many of our Sanibel and Captiva neighbors.
Rebecca is a 25-year-old single mother of a three year old child. She is employed full-time in the service industry on Sanibel and resides in an apartment on island. Rebecca is currently working 40 hours a week but has been told that her hours will be reduced in May, due to a decrease in customers at her place of employment during the summer months.
Rebecca was encouraged by a neighbor to come to F.I.S.H. to discuss her concerns regarding her ability to pay her bills this summer. Her expenses include her rent, food, daycare for her daughter during her working hours, utilities and insurances. Her daughter’s father and Rebecca divorced two years ago and she receives $350 monthly in child support from him. Other than this, she is completely financially responsible for her family.
F.I.S.H. staff met with Rebecca to assess her needs and to discuss her concerns. She expressed an interest in seeking employment in a new field that would provide more steady income for her family. F.I.S.H. assisted Rebecca with information regarding a specialized training program provided through Lee County Human Services.
The program is offered two nights weekly and provides daycare while moms are attending class to become certified to work in a medical office setting as a member of the clerical staff. The program is free and provides placement in a job after course completion.
Rebecca recently applied for this program and was delighted to have been accepted and will now begin her training in May. With assistance, she has also secured an additional part time job. She will be able to keep this position through the summer months.
Rebecca is much more positive about her ability to pay her bills in the future and is looking forward to returning to school to be trained for a job that will provide a stable income for her family.
If Rebecca requires additional assistance during the summer months, she knows that F.I.S.H. will help her with food from the food pantry for herself and her child. She also knows that she can apply for the F.I.S.H. Summer Scholarship program for her child so she can continue to attend daycare while Rebecca continues to work.
Rebecca has shared she “has a greater peace of mind” knowing that help for her family is available if needed.
F.I.S.H of Sanibel, Inc. is a non-profit, staffed by a volunteer organization, assisting Sanibel and Captiva islanders and visitors with a wide range of services. F.I.S.H. accepts unopened, unexpired food items which are delivered directly to island families in need. The Walk-in-Center is located at 1630 Periwinkle Way, Unit B on Sanibel and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, F.I.S.H. may be contacted at 472 4775 or by visiting www.fishofsanibel.com.