Helping Neighbors: FISH and The Sanctuary Golf Club Foundation Collaborate to Help Island Neighbors
Through a one-year grant awarded to FISH OF SANCAP by The Sanctuary Golf Club Foundation, FISH continues to assist island neighbors through their Helping Hands Program. The Helping Hands Program provides emergency financial assistance for island residents and workers when they have fallen upon hard times.
Pictured above are Ken Kouril, SGCF Executive Director (left) with Maggi Feiner, FISH President & CEO, and SGCF President John McCabe
“The Sanctuary Golf Club Foundation is a dedicated partner that helps us assist many more clients through their contribution. Our partnership is a vital link between FISH and those we serve,” says Maggi Feiner, President & CEO, FISH. “Both of our organizations share a passion for assisting our community; ensuring our neighbors are able to feed their families, keep a roof over their head, and make ends meet during times of crisis. We are very grateful to the Sanctuary Golf Club Foundation for their partnership and support.”
Partnering with The Sanctuary Golf Club Foundation has made a difference in the lives of our island neighbors. One woman, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, describes her experience and outcome as a result of assistance from FISH:
At the suggestion of a co-worker, Monica, an island employee of over ten years, visited FISH seeking guidance and resources. She is a mother of two who decided to leave an unhealthy marriage after many years of verbal and emotional abuse. Her divorce, however, is not amicable, and she and her children were forced to move from her home. With nowhere to turn and nowhere to live, Monica left her two children with her mother until she found housing. Monica stayed with friends to save money, traveled back and forth to visit her children after working hours, and finally found permanent housing that she could afford for her family. Although she had saved some money, it was not enough for the rental deposit and first month’s rent. With assistance from FISH through the Sanctuary Golf Club Foundation grant, she has now secured housing on Sanibel in order to give her kids a safe place to call home. FISH also worked with local donors to obtain gently used furnishings and other household items to prepare for her family’s reunion under one roof. She has also signed up for the Food Pantry and will receive food backpacks and back to school supplies for her children. Monica is looking forward making new memories in their new home and is hopeful she and her children will thrive in their new environment.
The Helping Hands Program provides assistance, hope, and in this case, a new beginning. Based on need and eligibility, financial assistance through The Sanctuary Golf Club Foundation grant may be available. Assistance is evaluated on a case-by-case basis and amounts vary depending upon situation. Available funding is limited, and assistance may cover only a portion expenses. To learn more, please contact Nitza Lopez, Social Services Director, at 239-472-4775.