medical aid to the homeless and hungry withinour 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 F.I.S.H. 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 Served
New Families 1,482
Food Bank Meals 130,244
Dining Room Meals 29,100
Holiday Baskets 2119
Nights of Shelter 15,477
Thrift Store Vouchers 1,302
Gas & Bus & Misc Vouchers 1,185
Job & Service Referrals 2,543
Medical Patients 996
Winter Coats: 447
FOCUS and Wylie House Emergency Shelters made 37 emergency beds available year round. The shelters averaged 27 people per night including some families with children in the Wylie House shelter.
FISH also served as the agent for the NVEnergy Special Assistance Fund for Energy grant program in Carson City. In 2011, FISH administered 301 grants for utility payments.
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.