Something For Everyone!
F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP, Sanibel & Captiva Islands Social Services Agency, celebrated its 35th birthday this year, having been established in 1982. States Maggi Feiner, F.I.S.H. President & CEO, "Thirty-five years ago, we were a small group of islanders helping our neighbors with a few services. Now, with many different programs, services and workshops, full time social workers, administrative professionals, and a team of volunteers, F.I.S.H. is a unique, comprehensive human services organization focused on Sanibel and Captiva Islands. The mission of F.I.S.H. is to lend a helping hand to those who live, work or visit here. The F.I.S.H. vision is to enrich the lives of everyone on Sanibel and Captiva Islands through an array of Food Programs, Island Based Workshops, Social Services and Helping Hands.”
While much has changed since its inception, the F.I.S.H. mission has remained the same. F.I.S.H. is a ‘neighbors helping neighbors’ organization, offering a myriad of programs to and for the community as a whole. Some highlights from the first half of 2017 include:
Adult Continuing Education Scholarships: F.I.S.H. is proud to announce that in March, a young woman, who received an adult education scholarship from F.I.S.H. and tutoring and mentoring services through their partnership with ZONTA, has completed her nursing courses with a passing grade and graduated earlier this month!
“We always had confidence in her that she had the strength necessary to make her dreams a reality, in spite of the many challenges she has had to overcome in her life. Her success is ours, and I could not be happier than to have participated in her learning journey. The partnership with F.I.S.H. and the opportunity to help young women learn and grow is heart-warming,” Zonta member.
Youth After School Program Scholarships: The bell has rung and busses lined up, indicating the end of another school day. But for several students at The Sanibel School the best part of school is just about to begin. It’s the Youth After School Program, where students can complete assignments, work on friendships, and build self-esteem, in what is known as ‘the homework club’.
F.I.S.H. provides financial assistance to households through scholarships for the After School Program, facilitated by The Sanibel School. Run four days per week, this program provides a safe, secure setting where students can work on homework, read a book, and get computer time, all under the supervision of school staff.
"I feel fortunate as a school principal to have the support of F.I.S.H. for my students. The program allows my students the extra time they need to master skills in both reading and math. As the school’s newest principal I am highly impressed by the support of this awesome organization. Kids are at the core of their hearts and minds. It is evident in all that they do, " states The Sanibel School Principal Chuck Vilardi. “F.I.S.H. is very fortunate to have the support that we do to assist with this program, and it couldn’t be provided without the partnerships we have with The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club, Ronald McDonald House Charities, generous donors, and The Sanibel School” says Maggi Feiner, FISH President & CEO. “We are thankful for their support in helping our island youth reach their potential and proud of all students participating in the program.
The Annual F.I.S.H. Home Healthcare Meeting: FISH recognizes the importance of home healthcare providers is growing. Each year, they invite companions, LPNs, CNs or RNs, and agencies to network and share information regarding home healthcare in our region. Speakers included
Jessica MacDonald, MSW, LCSW, Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center
Discussing Memory impairment: Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease
Linda Convertine, RN, BSN, CMSRN, FCN, Parish Nurse
Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ
Discussing Optimum Functionality: Seniors Staying Mentally, Socially & Physically Engaged
McKenzie Millis, Shellpoint Retirement Community
Discussing Services and Amenities
Mabel Lopez, Ph.D. Mind and Brain Care
Discussing Combatting Depression& Social Isolation, Brain Fitness/Wellness
F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP continues to evaluate the changing demographics of the islands, and responds accordingly by enhancing current programs or introducing new initiatives to meet immediate needs of our residents, employees, and visitors. Through partnerships with many organizations, churches, other non-profits and United Way, no stone goes unturned by F.I.S.H. programs, services and workshops – F.I.S.H. IS FOR EVERYONE!
For additional information about F.I.S.H, please contact Maggi Feiner, President & CEO, F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP, 239-472-4775.