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 2014 FISH:
Served more than 1,700 people per month
Helped 6,175 children
Enrolled 1,538 new families
Provided 410,346 meals through the food bank
Served 35,179 meals in the Family Dining Room
Distributed 1,688 holiday baskets
Provided 14,125 nights of shelter
Gave out 1,443 thrift store vouchers
Treated 717 patients in the Ross Medical Clinic
Provided utility assitance to 325 families
Provided 1,801 showers
Provided laundry services 629 times
Distributed 275 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.