THE FISH MISSION:To provide food, clothing, shelter and
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 100 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 2012, FISH Served:
Persons 18,337 / 45% of the clients have been children.
New Families 1,313
Total Meals 210,554
Dining Room Meals 31,108
Holiday Meals 2,119
Nights of Shelter 15,093
Thrift Store Vouchers 1,120
Free Coats Given 415
Medical Patients 1,156
Showers 10,379, Avg 28 / day
Laundry 4,108 loads
Focus and Wylie House Emergency Shelters made 37 emergency beds available year round. The shelters averaged 41 people per night including some families with children in the Wylie House shelter.
FISH also served as the agent for the NVEnergy SpecialAssistance Fund for Energy grant program in Carson City. In 2011, FISH administered 313 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.