Helping Hands & Financial Assistance

Lending a Hand When It’s Needed Most

The key to navigating any crisis is having support and a plan. Through our Helping Hands program, FISH offers both.

If you are in a financial crisis, our social services department helps with essential costs such as rent, utilities and medical bills through our Emergency Financial Assistance program. One of the greatest gifts we can give our neighbors-in-need is the time to create and implement a plan to move you from crisis to recovery, and eventually develop a pathway to long-term self-sustainability alongside our professional staff, with the support of our volunteers, community partners and supporters. Our social services department responded to more than 2,500 instances of case management in 2019. And FISH provided financial assistance on 332 occasions to those in need.

Please find the Emergency Financial Assistance application HERE.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES:

ACCESS FISH staff will assist in applying for State of Florida food and healthcare programs such as SNAP and Medicaid.

Budget Classes Take control of your personal finances with the assistance of our banking partners through our quarterly budget classes.

VITA Tax Preparation Our VITA Volunteers work with anyone in Lee County to complete their annual tax return free-of-charge in partnership with United Way.