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F.I.S.H. assists in times of need

By F.I.S.H. - | Jan 5, 2021

F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva, whose mission is to lend a helping hand to those who live, work or visit Sanibel and Captiva, provides year-round emergency assistance to community members, workers and visitors. It works closely with community partners who assist in resolving crises on a case-by-case basis to ensure the wellbeing of those they work with.

Monika, who has worked on Sanibel for many years, contacted F.I.S.H. requesting assistance with her monthly mortgage payment. A single mother of two who is in her last trimester with her third child, she was having complications with her pregnancy, which caused her to miss days of work beyond her allotted sick and vacation time. Although her employer provides health insurance, Monika’s copay is high and she is paying an extra monthly amount to cover the deductible before her cesarean. Due to the extra expenses, she was not able to pay her mortgage. Through grant funding from The Sanctuary Golf Club Foundation, F.I.S.H. was able to assist with the payment. It also signed her up for the food pantry, enrolled her children in its Backpack Program and assisted with the holidays by providing Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday Meal Baskets, gifts from the Adopt-a-Family Program and extra toys from the annual Toy Drive.

Community support, in large part, is how F.I.S.H. is able to help people like Monika in their greatest hours of need. Without the generosity of the community, businesses and service organization, it could not offer the programs and services that it does. For nearly 40 years, F.I.S.H. has been the social service organization on the islands and continues to grow to meet the demands of the community thanks to the generosity of donors and volunteers. It is proud to report that 92 percent of every dollar spent goes directly to programs and services.

For more information about F.I.S.H.’s services or programs, or for assistance, contact Executive Director Alicia Tighe Orgera at 239-472-4775 or alicia@fishofsancap.org.