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.

 

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Fran Bolin MSW
Board Chair Judith Holland
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired - School Counseling - Richmond Public Schools
Contact Information
Address 1 North Fifth Street, Suite 416
Richmond, VA 23219
Telephone 804 643-2401
Fax 804 643-2464
E-mail family@afoi.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1981
Former Names
NameYear
Prison Visitation Project1981
Prison Family Support Services, Inc.2000
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $255,300.00
Projected Expenses $255,300.00
Statements
Mission

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.

 

Impact

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.

 

 

Needs
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!
Background
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
Area
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Statewide
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Ashland
Chester
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Southwest Virginia
Statewide
Board Chair
Board Chair Judith Holland
Company Affiliation Retired - School Counseling - Richmond Public Schools
Term Dec 2015 to Dec 2017
Email judithholland@comcast.net
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Donna Anderson Virginia Union University
Mr. Paul Beigbeder Retired
Mrs. Jessi Bullard Young Riverside PACE
Mr. Bruce Cruser Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
Mr. Thomas Edmonds Virginia Bar Association, Retired
Ms. Peggy Green Community Volunteer
Ms. Shirley Houze Retired
Mr. Layton Lester Retired
Ms. Jane Nelson Retired
Mrs. Robin Pope Moss SunTrust Mortgage
Mrs. Jackie Smith Mason Virginia Commonwealth University
Ms. Emilie Webb R.N., 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
Governance
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
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Fran Bolin MSW
Staff
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 100
Retention Rate 100
Plans
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
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
ConnectRichmond2007
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Fran Bolin - Top 40 Under 40Style Weekly2015
Programs
Description
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.
Description
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.
Description
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$13,674$18,000$7,000
Government Contributions$170,000$154,200$150,000
Federal--$4,200--
State$170,000$150,000$150,000
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$26,615$26,585$21,396
$2,926$2,080$1,847
$25,770$26,230$25,692
Investment Income, Net of Losses$45$105$112
Membership Dues------
Special Events$5,927$10,332$3,741
Revenue In-Kind$13,223$12,535$11,338
Other------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$226,050$220,139$207,702
Administration Expense$23,456$22,321$19,610
Fundraising Expense$17,131$16,228$14,793
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.970.970.91
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%85%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%8%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$229,953$235,958$90,917
Current Assets$205,116$200,725$46,432
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$15,084$12,632$8,970
Total Net Assets$214,869$223,326$81,947
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities13.6015.895.18
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
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
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from audited financial statements.
  • Audited financial statements and IRS 990s prepared by Hansen, Smith, Cone & Robertello, PC.