Fish Inc. - Dunellen Area

The Story of Fish

How the Fish movement began

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WE ARE NOT CLOSING. Unfortunately Fish Hospitality, the shelter program HAS closed its doors as of December 31, 2022. Please do not confuse the two. The Food and Clothing Rooms of Fish, Inc. are NOT CLOSING and remain operational.
The Clothing Room is now open only on Mondays, 9 a.m. - 12 noon and the third Saturday of each month (excluding July and August) 9-11. Clients will be limited to half an hour to select clothing. Current registered clients must bring their appointment paper or proper ID. New clients must call the hotline at 732-356-0081 for an appointment. Walk-ins not accepted. Donations are accepted on Mondays, when the Clothing Room is open or can be accepted through the Food Room Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Clothing donations are LIMITED TO THREE BAGS PER VISIT. Due to space constraints, larger donations and group clothing drive donations MUST be pre-arranged. Please do not leave any donations on the porch as they will automatically be placed in the garbage. Please ring the door bell at the yellow doors for a volunteer to accept your donations.
The Food Room is open each Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9 a.m.-12 noon and the third Saturday of each month 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. First time clients must call the hotline for screening and appointment at 732-356-0081. Walk-ins can not be accommodated.

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About Us: The Story of Fish

The Story of Fish

(reprinted from a pamphlet published by the Fish International Newsletter in 1973)

Along the shores of the Sea of Galilee Jesus came upon two brothers, Peter and Andrew, and said to them: "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men." Since that time many people have been trying to follow Christ as fishers of men. Some people have succeeded in doing this through Fish.

What is Fish? its a movement of individuals working together in local chapters performing services - often emergency services, but not always - for their fellow men.

It all started in 1961 when a small group of people in St. Andrew's Church, Old Headington, Oxford, England, sought to follow Christ and minister to their neighbors. A person was selected to be a street warden and to watch out for the well-being of the people on the street. Fish cards were distributed to all the homes on each street, and people placed the Fish card in their window when they needed help. When a local street warden saw a Fish card he went immediately to the house.

As an American visiting in England several years later learned of this program, and brought the story of it back to Rev. Robert L. Howell, at that time rector of the Church of the Good Shephard, West Springfield, Massachusetts. In that parish, a small group was already meeting regularly during Lent 1964. At the end of Lent Father Howell preached a sermon about establishing Fish in the parish, and shortly five people joined him and his wife in initiating the first Fish chapter in the United States

Today there are more than 1,000 chapters in America as well as many other couuntries throughout the world. In the U.S, Fish operates basically by telephone rather than by signs in the window, but the premise is the same: being fishers of men.