The family of a woman with disabilities approached Wake County FIF seeking assistance to obtain a screened in porch. Her extreme allergies to stinging insects had kept her permanently indoors and isolated until then. Through a joint effort of FIF, Wake County Human Services and a local church, her porch was built, and she now can visit with neighbors and make friends in her community.
High Country FIF works with Communities in Schools, a local program that provides students with scholarships to attend college. The students complete their required community service hours by helping FIF get things accomplished that would otherwise cost FIF time and money.
FIF of Mecklenburg has an ongoing partnership with Joshua's Promise, serving as its incubator and conduit for funding. Joshua's Promise is a nonprofit started by an FIF mother, in partnership with her employer Grant Thornton. It was begun in the memory and honor of the son she lost to leukemia. So far over $4,419 has been raised to help other families like Joshua's.
In partnership with 9 different businesses, individuals and organizations, FIF of the Sandhills helped a mother with disabilities who was living with her family in a mobile home with no hot water or heat. After providing her with a new home, they also connected her to resources to build skills in parenting and homemaking.
FIF of Mecklenburg held its second annual Boundless Art event, an inclusive, art exhibit that showcases the work of artists with and without disabilities. This event is a collaborative effort with help from many organizations including Southeastern FIF. Close to $4,000 was raised to support many activities in the community. Southeastern FIF also generated over $10,000 in their annual auction.
A mother and her two young children came to FIF of Durham for help moving out of a shelter. FIF assisted with her relocation to an apartment and the enrollment of her children in early intervention services. Resources from FEMA and donated mattresses were also part of the support they received.
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