Client Stories
 
Virginia

Virginia, a retired mother and grandmother, moved to Carson City in the summer of 2020 in hopes of having a fresh start. Ready to move into a new place, Virginia was hit with COVID causing her to lose her housing opportunity. She became homeless and hopeless. She was introduced to FISH when someone referred her for food and other services. After speaking to staff about her situation, she was admitted into the Wylie House. During her stay at the shelter, Virginia proactively worked hard to improve her situation and keep a positive outlook. She soon began volunteering at FISH and always showed a willingness to help in whatever she was able to do. After about two and a half months in the shelter, Virginia won the thrift store staff's hearts with her hard work and positive attitude, so when a position became available, she was hired. During this time, Virginia went through a long and challenging process to obtain housing but ultimately moved into her apartment. Virginia is now happily in her place, loving her job at the thrift store, and living her best life in Carson City. Virginia is an excellent example of what success can look like when you allow someone to give you a hand up but put in the effort to lift yourself with the other hand. We love to see growth, and we are so happy she is part of our team. “I want you to understand what FISH did for me. Not only did it give me housing, but it helped me to have some hope. FISH taught me something very important, people will care, people will support you, and people will stand by you.” - Virginia “I want you to understand what FISH did for me. Not only did it give me housing, but it helped me to have some hope. FISH taught me something very important, people will care, people will support you, and people with stand by you.”


DaveDave

Dave is a Nevada Native and now a recovering alcoholic. He comes from a very troubled childhood and suffered many roadblocks along his path. After a divorce and leaving town for 15 years, Dave came back to Carson City, searching for a new start. He was lost and angry but familiar with FISH, so he came back for help. Dave was sick and barely coherent, often getting upset with people on our property and in the dining room. Dave got constructive feedback on his people skills, but he stated, “no matter what I did, FISH never stopped providing services to me.” Dave has maintained his sobriety and mended relationships between his two adult sons in the last two years. He has the companionship of his dog, Cinnamon, who completes him emotionally and physically. He now has his own place and lives in gratitude all of the time. He said, “If it weren’t for food, showers, and moral support from FISH, my success would have never been possible.” You are an inspiration to many people around you, Dave! We are so proud of your success!


Sarah

Sarah Krites was introduced to FISH 2 years ago by “chance” after losing custody of her children to addiction.  After 2 years in our transitional living program Sarah found she was still struggling to support her family on low wages. Due to her academic aptitude and drive to succeed Sarah was offered to be our first candidate in the FISH Revitalization Program.  During this process her children began mimicking her studious behaviors and have excelled in education.  Her 15 year old daughter began studying with her at the kitchen table for the first time and her 18 year old daughter has recently completed a beauty school program.  Sarah completed the education program in Manufacturing at WNC and has moved from a menial job to a meaningful career. Sara said “I haven’t been proud of myself in a very long time but thanks to FISH’s help and encouragement I am at a place I never thought that I would be again.  The opportunities that I have in front of me are amazing!”