Non-emergency transport on and off the Island
Volunteers transport individuals needing assistance both off-island and on-island. Off-island transportation is provided for non-emergency activities such as medical and dental appointments only. On-island transportation is provided for essential non-emergency activities such as medical, dental, grocery shopping and banking. Volunteers provide their own vehicles.
Daily hot meals program
Volunteers deliver hot, inexpensive meals for lunch on Monday through Friday. Meals are prepared by a local establishment. They can be delivered on a temporary or permanent schedule. There is a small cost for the meals. Delivery is free.
Temporary loan of health equipment
Small, non-electrical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, commodes, raised toilet seats and shower chairs are available for temporary loan. Health Care Equipment may be collected (by arrangement) or, if necessary, delivered to your home, condominium or hotel.
Person-to-person telephone calls
This service, available on Monday through Friday, provides a reassuring, daily phone call with immediate investigative response if there is no answer. It functions in cooperation with the Sanibel Police Department.
Volunteers provide friendly visits for brief periods to those who would like some companionship in their own home environment. Non-professional respite care is also available for brief periods to allow a caregiver some time to themselves or to run errands.
Health care referral service
A listing of home health care services for islanders is available at the F.I.S.H. Walk-In Center for those islanders needing medical, physical therapy or personal care. These agencies are known, licensed and bonded groups with which F.I.S.H. has developed a relationship on Sanibel.
Hurricane preparedness information
F.I.S.H of Sanibel works with the City of Sanibel on Hurricane Preparedness. The Hurricane Committee meets with city officials several times, beginning in May of each year. Each year F.I.S.H. prepares a packet containing a cover letter, Residential Hurricane Pass Application, list of current Hurricane Shelters, and information and an application for individuals who have special needs. Also included is an updated list of hotels and motels in the Fort Myers area with addresses, phone numbers and information as to which are pet-friendly, have a restaurant on site, Internet access, and disabled access. F.I.S.H. volunteers deliver this packet to clients at their homes and will work with them on filling out forms and filing them with city and county agencies.
Since opening our food pantry in 2008 FISH has collected and distributed 60,000 lbs of food to our island neighbors. FISH is a partner with the Harry Chapin Food Bank and a USDA agency partner.
This past September, at the peak of our off-season, we had 124 island families visiting the food pantry on a regular basis. Island businesses and many residents and visitors have made food donations to help us keep our food pantry stocked.
“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin,sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C., 202509410 or call (866) 632-9992 (voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or(800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”
“De acuerdo con ley federal y los E.E.U.U. Ministerio de Agricultura la política, ésta prohíben a la institución de discriminar en base de la raza, color, origen nacional,sexo, edad, o inhabilidad. Para archivar una queja de la discriminación, escriba USDA, director, Oficina del juicio, de la avenida 1400 de la independencia, del interruptor, de Washington, de la C.C., de 202509410 o de la llamada (866) 632-9992 (voz). Los individuos que son audiencia deteriorada o tienen discurso las inhabilidades pueden entrar en contacto con el USDA con el servicio federal del relais en (800) 877-8339; o(800) 845-6136 (Español). El USDA es abastecedor y patrón de la oportunidad igual. “
Computer client workstation services
F.I.S.H. now has high-speed Internet access and a computer room for clients who wish to research programs, which could assist them, and apply for benefits from a variety of government agencies. F.I.S.H. volunteers are available to help clients navigate the web, find programs for which they might qualify for assistance, and help them to fill out the often confusing paperwork