Assisting Families of Inmates, Inc.
1 North Fifth Street, Suite 416
Richmond VA 23219
Mission Statement

The mission of Assisting Families of Inmates is to strengthen the families of inmates in our community and to enhance the lives of their children.


CEO/Executive Director Fran Bolin MSW
Board Chair Peggy Green
Board Chair Company Affiliation Execeptional Education, Richmond Public Schools (retired)
Contact Information
Address 1 North Fifth Street, Suite 416
Richmond, VA 23219
Telephone 804 643-2401
Fax 804 643-2464
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1981
Former Names
Prison Visitation Project1981
Prison Family Support Services, Inc.2000
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $255,300.00
Projected Expenses $255,300.00

The mission of Assisting Families of Inmates is to strengthen the families of inmates in our community and to enhance the lives of their children.



Assisting Families of Inmates works to help families preserve and strengthen positive relationships with relatives incarcerated in Virginia’s state correctional facilities. Through a continuum of direct and support services, AFOI helps families cope with incarceration and prepare for release and reunification. Last year AFOI provided over 2,500 trips and/or visits by video to many of Virginia’s correctional facilities for family members. We also provided thousands of resource referrals for housing, utilities, food, clothing and medical services. The Virginia Department of Corrections has estimated that nearly one fifth of the state’s prison population resided in the Richmond area prior to incarceration. Given that figure, approximately 5,000 families in our community are affected by the incarceration of a family member.



Assisting Families of Inmates is is need of funding for our core programs - Transportation Program, Video Visitation Program and the Milk and Cookies Children's Program. Our organization is also seeking dedicated volunteers to be a part of our Board of Directors. If you are interested in being a part of our board, and have an interest in this cause, please contact us! We would love to chat with you further about our volunteer opportunities, including board membership!
Assisting Families of Inmates, Inc. (AFOI) was created in 1978 as a volunteer transportation program designed to assist Richmond area families visiting relatives in state prison. Until then, visiting was impossible for low-income families because most state prisons are located in isolated, rural areas not served by public transportation. The initiative was lead by Thomas A. Edmonds of Second Presbyterian Church who was familiar with the needs of prisoners’ families from earlier years of volunteering with a similar organization in Florida. Edmonds saw a need in the Richmond community and convinced other downtown area churches to join in by providing much-needed volunteers, personal vehicles and financial support. Within six years the AFOI program was providing visiting-day transportation to 15 state prisons, hot meals when family members returned from visiting and support outreach services such as support group meetings and referrals to other community service organizations.
Today our services include: 1. Monthly visiting-day Transportation Program to many state prisons, correctional centers and work units;  2. Information on prison visiting and correctional policies and procedures, including answers to frequently asked questions and dress code regulations;  3. Assistance to help families identify and prioritize their needs and goals; resource referrals to other organizations that aid with housing, employment, childcare, etc.; 4. Volunteers to chaperone children on visits with their incarcerated mothers; 5. A program serving children with incarcerated parents called the Milk and Cookies (MAC) Program;  6. Consultation with other organizations, including the Department of Corrections, on issues including programming for children impacted by parental incarceration as well as offender re-entry and family reintegration;  7. A Video Visitation Program offering remote visiting opportunities with sixteen of Virginia's correctional facilities from five areas around the state (Richmond, Norfolk, Petersburg, Alexandria and Roanoke).  
The overwhelming majority of AFOI clients are African-American women and children residing in the Richmond area. Over 95% of our clients served report annual income levels of less than $15,000.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Southwest Virginia
Board Chair
Board Chair Peggy Green
Company Affiliation Execeptional Education, Richmond Public Schools (retired)
Term Dec 2017 to Dec 2019
Board of Directors
Board Members
Donna Anderson Faculty, Virginia Union University
Shirley Braxton-House Registered Nurse, MCV Oncology�Department (retired)
Ann Cavan Regional Principal, Virginia Department of Corrections (retired)
Thomas Edmonds Executive Director, Virginia State Bar (retired)
Peggy Green Execeptional Education, Richmond Public Schools�(retired)
Janet Hammer Anthem (retired)
Layton Lester Hotline Investigator Senior, Virginia Department of Corrections
Jackie Smith Mason Assistant Dean of the Honors College, Virginia Commonwealth University
Robin Pope Moss Group Vice President/Process Procedures Manager, SunTrust Mortgage
Jane Nelson Chaplain, Westminster Canterbury (retired)
Carol-Lee Raimo Corrections Services Section, Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (retired)
Doug Ramseur Virginia Indigent Defense Commission
Kathleen Sestak Girl Scouts of Virginia
Jim Smyth EZ3D Technologies
Emma Washington Virginia Premier Health Plan
Emilie Webb Pyschiatric Nurse, McGuire VA Medical Center (retired)
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 9
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
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Executive Director
Executive Director Fran Bolin MSW
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 100
Retention Rate 100
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted 2014
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Fran Bolin - Top 40 Under 40Style Weekly2015
Assisting Families of Inmates' Transportation Program provides Saturday transportation to many of Virginia's state correctional facilities, prisons and correctional centers. Our buses travel on the first three Saturdays of each month. The cost is $12 for an adult and $1 for each child up to two children (after two children the cost is capped at $14). When our riders return to Fifth and Main Streets after visiting they are greeted by friendly volunteers from local churches, civic organizations and other groups who have prepared a delicious meal for all program participants. We realize that visiting-day is both a physically and emotionally exhausting day and it is our hope that by providing dinner to our families we are helping to provide some time for fellowship while also easing some of the potential exhaustion, stress and/or strain of the day.
Assisting Families of Inmates' Video Visitation Program provides opportunities for approved family members and friends to visit with their incarcerated loved ones at sixteen (16) of Virginia's state correctional facilities. Video visitation is currently offered on Saturdays and Sundays and costs $15 for a 30 minute visit and $30 for a one-hour visit. There are currently four locations around the state at which family members and friends can visit. These visitor centers are located in Richmond, Norfolk, Alexandria, Petersburg and Roanoke.
Assisting Families of Inmates' Milk and Cookies Children's Program is a school-based support program for children with an incarcerated parent(s) in several local Richmond elementary schools. The program currently operates in Fairfield Court, Woodville and Greene Elementary Schools. The MAC Program is designed to work with children of incarcerated parents and their caregivers. Enrolled children participate in a 17 week group curriculum which is augmented by individual support, tutoring, mentoring, family case management and other services.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $255,300.00
Projected Expenses $255,300.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$180,040$170,000$154,200
Individual Contributions$49,535$26,615$26,585
Investment Income, Net of Losses$78$45$105
Membership Dues------
Special Events$6,408$5,927$10,332
Revenue In-Kind$12,070$13,223$12,535
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$233,904$226,050$220,139
Administration Expense$19,973$23,456$22,321
Fundraising Expense$24,819$17,131$16,228
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.050.970.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%85%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue10%8%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$247,157$229,953$235,958
Current Assets$230,964$205,116$200,725
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$17,007$15,084$12,632
Total Net Assets$230,150$214,869$223,326
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities13.5813.6015.89
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2016View
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from audited financial statements.
  • Audited financial statements and IRS 990s prepared by Hansen, Smith, Cone & Robertello, PC.