Families In Need of Assistance, Inc. (FINA), was incorporated in 1993 by the law firm of O’Connell and Aronowitz PC and received its 501(c)(3) status with the assistance of UHY LLP. Since its inception and in keeping with its mission, FINA has been a 24-hour resource and referral service that addresses the needs of the underserved through a multi-faceted, responsive, and unique method of service delivery. FINA works tirelessly to serve children, their families, and the elderly experiencing homelessness, mental-health and other medical issues, domestic violence, dementia, employment issues, and substance abuse as they try to maneuver complex systems.
In 2020 our world turned upside down with COVID-19. FINA continued to follow its mission by adding COVID-response programs to our well-established 24-hour referral service. These include the coordination of testing, vaccination, doctors’ appointments, transportation, grocery and drugstore deliveries, holiday-dinner distribution, and other supports for stricken clients. We have applied for funding to add a mentoring program for children whose reading levels have dropped during COVID school closings.
We have started advocating for clients with health insurance companies as benefits change and the rules are more confusing. Our elderly clients in particular are challenged with communicating with the doctors and other health care providers. They feel they are the forgotten generation, the new "throw-aways" or “put-aways.” Previously, the older generations in most cultures were revered, respected, and looked to for advice, but our youth-obsessed culture has sent so many negative messages to our elders.
FINA has once again stepped in to provide food, help with medical and insurance-company communication, and assistance to families at home by helping to provide home health care and support services. The scams perpetuated on our elder generation are outrageous, especially since most seniors are ill equipped technically to understand these scams. Elder intervention is needed now more then ever.
We are in the process of organizing a 30-year celebration of providing services for the community. In no way did our original Board of Directors envision what our corporation would be tackling for the next 30 years! We have grown to address so many issues that our challenged populations are facing. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has ensured our success in fulfilling our mission, including our Boards of Directors, paid support staff, lay and professional volunteers, and extremely loyal financial supporters who have ensured our success in fulfilling our mission.
FINA is a unique efficient service model. Our mission has always been to help our challenged populations. We need your support to continue our services.
Thank you in advance,
Cynthia J. Urbach
Cynthia J. Urbach, Executive Director
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals to help our challenged populations. Your generous donation will fund this mission.
Families in Need of Assistance, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation and all contributions are tax deductible according to the rules of the Internal Revenue Service.