My husband and I both lost our jobs within the same week due to COVID-19. Working on the islands during red tide, we knew how quickly business could change on Sanibel, but we have never been in a situation with both of us out of work. Our ten year old son was out of school and we could see the anxiety building inside of himâ€”worried about the virus, becoming frustrated with virtual school, and wondering how we would be paying our bills if both Joe and I were home.
Joe and I have lived and worked Sanibel Island for over 20 years. We remembered that F.I.S.H helped us years ago when we were pregnant and it was off-season. They provided us with diapers and all kinds of other stuff to help. For us Island workers off season can really be a trying time financially, however F.I.S.H saw us through that difficult time. We hoped they might help us through this as well.
We contacted FISH and were put it touch with Nitza. She was incredibly patient and understanding with what we needed to do to receive the help they provide. Within a weeksâ€™ time they had covered two months of rent as we were already a month behind when we called and the next month was quickly coming due. The two hardest months to get through in a normal year, mind you, but with COVID going on, itâ€™s like a double whammy. They also helped us with food for our family and put our son on the food backpack program. It has really brightened his week to get his own bag of fun snacks and food that is just for him each time we pick it up with our regular groceries. Without the help of FISH we most definitely would be in a much different situation right now. The piece of mind their help gave us was priceless.
Kathy and Joe, whose names have been changed for client privacy, are a young couple working in the restaurant industry on Sanibel. They sought help through FISH once before and, with nowhere else to turn, re-engaged the organization with a request for assistance. Please contact us if you need help.Â