Families In Need of Assistance, Inc. In the Spring of 1989, while visiting a homeless shelter the director met a little boy who came up to her and said he was very worried that the Easter Bunny would not be able to find him at the shelter. The director assured him that the Easter Bunny would find him. She asked the shelter director how many children were living at the shelter. FINA then proceeded to find thirteen baskets and filled them with candy. She returned the day before Easter with the filled baskets and each year the Easter project grew. The next project was a mitten hat and glove drive for the shelter residents. As the projects expanded food drives, clothing drives, and tutoring programs were added and FINA began to serve other not for profit programs.
A local law firm incorporated the program and a local accounting firm applied for our 501 (C) (3) status. We became a 501 (C) (3) Corporation in January 1993.
In February of 1993 Families In Need of Assistance, Inc. coordinated a Community Partnership against Domestic Violence in Albany County. As a result, FINA was instrumental in developing the first Zero Tolerance Policy for Domestic Violence in the Albany Police Department. We continued being a referral and resource for homeless people and domestic violence victims, and were also instrumental in developing domestic violence training for Judges for the New York State Office of Court Administration.
FINA instituted tutoring programs in inner city schools with student liaisons from both public and private schools. Some of our former student liaisons now serve on our board of directors.
In the ensuing years, FINA has provided extensive case management and advocacy for cancer victims, drug addicts and, recently discharged hospital patients. FINA coordinates with medical care, other not-for-profits and a variety of groups and businesses to provide a cadre of services.