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.
We have learned to mask and socially distance in our communal home setting in the FISH Shelter.
We championed “Team Stay Healthy” as we’ve created health and safety protocols.
We decompressed our facility, moving half of our residents who were most vulnerable (aged 60+ and health risks) – to a hotel funded by the State - providing them with meals, medical care and case management.
Today we are focused on placing our residents into permanent supportive housing. And, at the FISH Food Pantry, where grocery store donations nearly ceased, and we experienced an increase in food demands due to those facing unemployment, and we had the need to purchase food to fill our
shelves - we are now thankfully on an upswing of generous giving.
We are forever grateful to the many heroes and angels that have appeared during this pandemic – truly helping us to keep our doors open in our humanitarian services.
Numerous GREAT deeds, such as – folks who have been providing dinners in the shelter; mask makers; health providers who stepped up to help us re-arrange our dormitories and common areas,
and advised on health protocols; miraculous financial donors and foundations that have created special COVID -19 grants; friends and Food Rescue US delivering groceries for the food pantry; the Litchfield Distillery making hand sanitizer and then donating people’s contributions to FISH making up for the loss of our annual fund raiser that we count on; receiving hearts and rainbow pictures from children,….
So many are shining in your/their goodness, thoughtfulness and generosity!