FISH OF SANCAP, with United Way, Park Royal Hospital and Community Cooperative will offer a ‘Resiliency Round Up’ event on Fri. Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event will take place at the Sanibel Community Church, 1740 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Lunch will be provided, and attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a raffle for exciting prizes.


Mental healthcare providers and others from Lee County will share information and resources to members of the community. FISH will have a booth containing information on their community services, including the Long-Term Recovery program and their mental health initiative. Says Manuela Martinez, FISH Disaster Administrative Director, “We are delighted to bring Lee County resources to Sanibel.  Since Hurricane Ian, many continue to struggle with trauma related conditions.”


The partners in attendance at the Resiliency Round Up will offer well-being resources, and include

  • Center for Progress and Excellence – crisis counseling
  • Centerstone/Project Hope – crisis counseling and peer support
  • Park Royal Hospital – inpatient care
  • SalusCare – inpatient and outpatient care
  • Community Cooperative – service/resource connection
  • United Way 211 – service/resource connection


Other key participants include Hope Healthcare’s Hope Healing Hearts Program offering  grief support; the Dubin Center offering support and resources for caregivers of people with dementia; ReUnite for registration of new program participants and replacement of lost scent kits for existing participants and Beesley’s Paw Prints offering emotional support.


Additionally and in an effort to address the mental health needs of the islands and hurricane related topics including PTSD, trauma, and loss, FISH continues to offer ‘Mental Health Wednesdays’ from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Saint Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, located at 2304 Periwinkle Way, by appointment. Community partner SalusCare with Laura Guarino, MA, LMHC, CBHCMS will lead the sessions. Each session is 30 minutes and must be scheduled in advance by emailing [email protected]. A few walk-in sessions will be available each Wednesday. Sessions will take place in the library of Saint Michael’s Church, located in their main building. Please contact FISH or visit the organization’s social media pages for updates or schedule changes.


FISH OF SANCAP is Sanibel and Captiva Islands complete wrap around social service organization serving those that live on, work on or visit the islands. FISH continues to grow to meet the demands of the community, offering programs ranging from long-term disaster recovery and emergency financial assistance to a food pantry; educational workshops, senior programs and more. If you or someone you know is in need of service, please contact FISH at (239) 472-4775. To learn more about FISH, please visit their website and social media pages to see firsthand how the agency works to better the community and particularly their response to the Ian disaster. To learn more about other services of FISH, please contact Maria Espinoza, Executive Director, at (239) 472-4775.