About FISH

Herndon-Reston FISH, Inc. is a nonsectarian, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing Friendly Instant Sympathetic Help to local residents in short-term crises. FISH has assisted Herndon-Reston residents since 1969. Work is performed by a small staff and many talented, enthusiastic volunteers.

Every year, FISH strives to help thousands of people in all demographics in predominantly very low income levels.  FISH responds to requests for rent, utilities, medical items and prescriptions, household items, and other short term emergency needs. We help to keep people in their homes with necessary utilities, and ensure they have necessary medicine when they get hurt or sick. We work closely with social workers from Fairfax County, local schools, hospitals and other nonprofit organizations.

Everyone we assist is invited to attend a Financial Literacy Class on basic budgeting and money management.  If a client wants additional financial mentoring, we offer it as a longer term program.

FISH manages and operates the Bargain Loft – a thrift store providing affordable shopping to the community.  Net store proceeds are used to support FISH assistance programs.  Immediately after Thanksgiving, the Bargain Loft is transformed into a Holiday Shop with festive decor and unique gifts.

From May through November, FISH supports healthy nutrition by matching SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits at the Herndon Farmers’ Market.  Matching funds enable clients to purchase up to $20 more in fresh produce.

In November and December, FISH provides food and gifts to hundreds of people in need during the holiday season.  This is a great opportunity for community contributions and volunteer work.

Executive Director:

Lisa Groves
Lisa Groves, Herndon-Reston FISH Interim Executive Director

Board Officers:

Robert Reed, President
Janet Hyman, Vice President
Mary Jo Baedecker, Vice President
Jack Gazlay, Treasurer
Karen Stevens, Secretary

Board Directors:

Charlie Chappell
Kathy Jones
Janie Odlen
Kathleen Powell
Stephen Reber
Susan Russell-Robinson
Elliot Wicks
Susan Sather

Grant Administrators:

Lisa Groves
Renette Oklewicz

Emergency Assistance Manager:

Lilia Jiménez-Siuhengalu

Bargain Loft Managers:

April Elliott
Barbara Williams