THE FISH MISSION
To provide food, clothing, shelter and
medical aid to the homeless and hungry within our community, with the objective to provide programs and referrals to families and individuals so they may become self-sufficient.
FISH is dedicated to serving the homeless and hungry in our community.
Since opening our doors in 1979, we have provided the resources our neighbors-in-need require, be that food, clothing, shelter, referral services and medical aid. We could not provide the services we do if not for the commitment of our Board of Directors, twenty staff members and over 120 volunteers. Our partnerships with more than 75 sister agencies/organizations also enables FISH to best serve those who visit our facilities and seek our help and assistance.
More Than a Thrift Store!
For nearly 35 years, FISH has been helping families, children, veterans, the disabled and seniors become self-sufficient by offering a HAND UP rather than a HAND OUT.
In Calendar Year 2013, FISH:
Helped 1,600 people per month
Helped 5,938 children
Enrolled 1,538 new families
Provided 370,448 total meals
Served 33,356 meals in the Family Dining Room
Distributed 5,586 Holiday Baskets
Provided 15,037 nights of shelter
Gave out 1,523 thrift store vouchers
Treated 1,041 patients in the Ross Medical Clinic
Provided utility assitance to 363 families
Provided 1,325 showers
Provided laundry services 574 times
Distributed 194 free winter coats
FOCUS and Wylie House Emergency Shelters have 37 beds available year-round. The shelters average 27 people per night, including some families with children in the Wylie House shelter.
FISH also serves as the agent for the NV Energy Special Assistance Fund for Energy grant program in Carson City.
FISH is a private non-profit charitable corporation satisfying all internal revenue service requiments to serve as a 501(c)3 organization. We are formally known as: The FISH Emergency Referral Services Program Inc., but also go by FISH or Friends in Service Helping.