It’s been 50 years since Herndon-Reston FISH began helping Herndon and Reston residents in short-term financial crisis.
The organization, which has an acronym stands for friendly, instant sympathetic help, will celebrate its past successes and preview plans for the future at a public meeting on Monday, July 15.
The meeting takes from at Dominion Energy Offices, which are located at 3072 Centreville Road), from noon to 2 p.m.
Attendees will get the change to meet the organization’s new executive director, Mary Saunders. Local high school students will offer entertainment and light refreshments will also be provided.
HRFISH was founded in 1969 to provide emergency financial assistance to residents, including rent, critical dental care and medical prescriptions.
Short-term assistance “averts evictions that could lead to homelessness, prevents health problems from escalating, keeps the electricity on and the water running, and helps to ensure our neighbors’ well-being and stability are preserved,” according to the organization.
Photo via Herndon-Reston FISH/Facebook
Christine Poward comes to FISH with more than two decades of leading health care and nonprofit organizations.
Prior to joining Herndon Reston FISH, Christine served as the Interim Division Director for Marketing and Development for NeighborWorks America, a $250 million non-governmental organization aimed at affordable housing and community development.
Poward holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland.
“I am excited to be joining Herndon-Reston FISH during this exciting time in their growth,” she says. “FISH has been an integral part of the Herndon Reston communities for 45 years, and I look forward to being part of this great organization and the work they do.”
FISH responds to local residents’ emergency requests for rent, transportation, utilities, medical prescriptions and other needs.
Photo by Jennifer Heffner.