Emergency Financial Assistance
The FISH Emergency Assistance Program accepts referrals from our partners at Fairfax County on all week days except holidays. If you are a resident in Herndon or Reston and need emergency financial assistance, please call 703-222-0880 to begin the process. County social workers will communicate your needs to FISH.
Herndon-Reston FISH has assisted local residents in short term crises by since 1969. FISH provides Friendly Instant Sympathetic Help by responding to emergency requests for rent, utilities, medical prescriptions and other critical needs. We also provide Holiday Food & Gift Baskets during the November and December season.
Holiday Food & Gift Assistance
FISH offers Holiday assistance to households with very low incomes. Food is available in November and Holiday Food & Gifts are provided in December. If you are not receiving Holiday assistance from any other agency, please call 703-429-5000 to request Holiday from FISH.
SNAP Matching Benefits
SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. FISH helps SNAP families to double their spending dollars on fresh local produce purchased at the Herndon Farmers Market on Thursdays, May through November, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Lynn Street in historic downtown Herndon.
The Bargain Loft
The Bargain Loft is a thrift store operated by Herndon-Reston FISH. Serving local residents since 1981, it is staffed by volunteers and offers affordable shopping. The Bargain Loft needs donations of good quality, saleable items. We provide donors with receipts for tax purposes. We accept and sell: Art, Furniture, Jewelry, Household Linens, Dishes, Pots and Pans, Books, Women’s Designer Clothing (clean and on hangers), Puzzles, Games, Tapes and CDs, Collectibles, Small Electronics and much more. If you have questions or need additional information, please call 703-437-0600.
Financial Literacy Classes
Herndon-Reston FISH conducts Financial Literacy Classes to help clients who need assistance in basic budgeting and financial management. If you need additional information, please email FLC@HerndonRestonFISH.org
Classes in English are held the first Wednesday evening of every month from 7 – 8:30 pm at United Christian Parish (UCP), 11508 North Shore Drive, Reston, VA 20190. When you arrive, use the driveway next to Lake Anne Elementary School and park in the rear of the building by the main church entrance. Childcare is provided during the class in an adjacent room.
If you live in Herndon and prefer to commute via Elden Street transportation, you can attend a quarterly class. They are instructed on Saturday mornings in English and on Monday nights in Spanish at the Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center, 1086 Elden Street, Herndon, VA 20170.
The Financial Literacy Classes Are Free & Help You Manage Your Finances:
• Learn basic budgeting strategies
• Learn why good credit is critical to your spending power.
Myth #1 – I’m no good with money.
Being good with money is not something that you are born with, it’s something that you learn!
Myth #2 – Why should I make a budget when my family won’t go along with it?
Creating a spending plan puts your finances in black and white – or red – as the case may be! Either you have the money to buy or you don’t. A spending plan will help you prioritize and achieve your goals.
Myth #3 – If I bury my head in the sand, the debt will all go away.
As a matter of fact, it won’t go away on its own. If you’re in debt already, it may get worse before it gets better. You need to know where you stand financially before you can take action to get out of it.