In 1964, when an American returned home from a trip to England, he recalled the story of the program to his pastor. Consequently, the Church of the Good Shepherd in West Springfield, Mass. initiated the first FISH chapter in the United States.
Because FISH has no national structure, each chapter works toward filling its own community's unique needs. Today there are more than 1,000 chapters internationally.
How to donate/use service/become a volunteer
For information on how to become a volunteer, call 637-8158. Drivers are reimbursed for mileage, and hours are flexible. If anyone would like to employ its service, call 637-8158. The phone is on from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays.
FISH is financially solvent but lives strictly on donations. Contributions may be sent to FISH c/o Alice Steckiewicz, 106 Fayette Circle, Fayetteville, N.Y. 13066.