Helping Neighbors: Enriching Lives
Throughout the year, the F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP social workers see many individuals faced with the decision of paying medical bills versus electricity or rent, or putting food on the table. Through funding from various sources, including Saint Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church and the ZONTA Foundation of Southwest Florida, FISH has been able to assist individuals with certain medical bills. One particular family already had huge medical bills from a car accident injury that left Greg, the main breadwinner, out of work. Then his wife, Marcia, was diagnosed with cervical cancer. “With unexpected and unrelated medical bills for both of us it was very hard to get by,” says Marcia. “Then to hear that word ‘cancer’, we were completely lost. I was horrified to be diagnosed with cervical cancer but knew that I would stand taller and tougher through my treatments because of the financial assistance FISH was able to provide. Just to know that there was an agency willing to work with our family relieved so much pressure. It was so helpful in being able to pay for my follow up visits; it meant so much to me and my family. It has been one of the bright spots I’ve had over the past couple of months. Organizations such as yours take my breath away. To think there are people out there who are so generous with their time and money makes me realize that when this is all behind me, I will need to get out and do more to help others. Thank you again for making our lives that much more enriched and happier.” The Helping Hands program provides emergency financial assistance for medical, dental and housing needs. All financial assistance requests go through a detailed intake process requiring certain financial documentation from the household. Each client is evaluated privately, on an individual and per instance basis. There is no guarantee of financial assistance from FISH. To learn more about the Helping Hands program, please contact Christine Swiersz or Jessi Zeigler at 239-472-4775.