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Fish of Albany Provides Help to Individuals in Crisis

Since 1973, residents of Albany in crisis have been able to get temporary assistance from Fish of Albany. The agency offers food, clothing, transportation, medications and assistance with utilities and identity documents to individuals who have experienced an emergency or crisis.

“We are a volunteer-led organization, and the number of people we serve has grown from less than 5,000 in 1983 to more than 30,000 last year,” said Holly Ryan, executive director for Fish of Albany.

Samaritan has been a partner with Fish since 2001 with Social Accountability grants for the Food Pantry, Snacks for Packs and Transportation Solutions. The Food Pantry program alone distributes approximately 300 food boxes a month to families in need, with boxes available five days a week.

“This financial support gives Fish the security to continue offering our service programs without interruption and without decreases to quality or quantity,” Ryan said. “Without Social Accountability grant funds, our programs may be limited in the number of services and materials we could provide, or with decreased materials in such areas as food boxes or the food in the packs for our local students.”



Background image: CHIR Fish of Albany 308 BGC

In 2019, Fish of Albany:

  • Served 8,535 individuals needing emergency food, with a total of 2,845 food boxes
  • Supplied 14,932 Snacks for Packs to as many as 505 students every week at 18 Albany-area schools
  • Issued 42 gas vouchers, 69 bus tickets and 22 bicycles to individuals needing transportation

In photo: Jeanette Halsey, Michele Howard and Carol Wogoman of Fish of Albany

Background image: CHIR CARDV 308 BGC

Other Partners in Supporting Programs & Services for Better Networks

  • Benton County Drug Court
  • Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence
  • Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center
  • Family Promise
  • Lebanon Basic Services
  • St. Vincent de Paul - Lebanon
  • Vina Moses/FISH
  • We Care