Families In Need of Assistance, Inc., is currently working with a local law firm to develop an endowment plan so our work can continue into the future. A grant writer has been hired to work on broader reaching grants
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.
Families In Need of Assistance, Inc. has been on the front line in coordinating programs for the challenged during the present COVID epidemic and response.
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.
FINA provided lunches and dinners to the first responders at the hospitals along with drinks and desserts. The emergency room staff were sent meals during the height of the pandemic. This was coordinated with local restaurants and delicatessens.
FINA made triple ply masks for their clients and professionals in the beginning when masks were hard to buy. We partnered with their supporters to provide new winter coats for the shelters when they would not accept used. FINA developed a safe delivery of their services for COVID clients and shelters. Clients were able to obtain their needs without contact with the drivers. These measures and services enabled everyone to stay safe.
Moving forward, 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.