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.”