FISH of SanCap Assists in Times of Need; Shares Story

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

The mission of FISH of SANCAP is lending a helping hand to those who live, work or visit the islands of Sanibel and Captiva. The organization provides year-round emergency assistance and works closely with community partners to resolve crises on a case-by-case basis and ensuring the well-being of clients.

Monika, who has worked on Sanibel for many years, contacted FISH requesting assistance with her monthly mortgage payment. She is a single mother of two, and pregnant with her third child. Now in her last trimester, Monika is having complications with her pregnancy, which has caused her to miss many days of work beyond her allotted sick and vacation time.

Although her employer provides health insurance, her co-pay is high and she is paying an extra monthly amount to cover the deductible before her cesarean, scheduled for the end of December. Due to all the extra expenses, Monika was not able to pay her mortgage payment.

Through grant funding from the Sanctuary Golf Club Foundation, FISH was able to assist with her mortgage payment. FISH signed her up for the Food Pantry, enrolled her children in the Backpack Program, and assisted with the holidays by providing Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday Meal Baskets, gifts from their Adopt-a-Family Program and extra toys from their annual Toy Drive.

FISH is able to help people like Monika in their greatest hours of need with the generosity and support from the community, local businesses and service organizations. FISH continues growing to meet the demands of the community and 92 percent of every dollar spent goes directly to its programs and services.

Anyone with questions about FISH programs or services or in need of assistance, contact Executive Director Alicia Tighe Orgera at 239-472-4775 or

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