The mission of FISH NWCT is to provide the most basic of human needs - food, shelter and hope. Since opening its doors in 1972, FISH has evolved into the largest emergency homeless shelter (35 beds) in the NWCT corner, providing families, individuals and veterans a safe and secure haven as they await permanent supportive housing, as well as serving the residents (over 1500 annually) of area communities as a food pantry.
Currently we are on the frontlines with the Coronavirus, serving the hungry and the homeless. We are challenged in the FISH Shelter as to how to socially distance in our dorms and communal dining area, keep up with health and safety protocols, provide case management, and keep morale up; and at the FISH Food Pantry - facing an increase in need as food suppliers and resources have dwindled. Our bare bones staff is working tirelessly, and we pray for all to stay well.
In the best of times - our goal at the shelter is to provide a friendly, communal family setting to our neighbors in need. Our diversity is serving infants through seniors. The programs and social services at FISH NWCT are critical to some for their survival and well being.
And, what makes FISH extra special is that we have a Case Manager overseeing the resources, medical and mental health needs, employment opportunities, job vocational training, and housing possibilities to lead to a homeless resident's independent future.
Amazing things happen for people under the roof at FISH NWCT!
Hope that you saw we were featured in the January 2018 edition of
Connecticut Magazine! - click here to read
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