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Friends of Firefighters, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 01/30/2014: Friends of Firefighters, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 11/10/2014: FRIENDS OF FIREFIGHTERS INC

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Brooklyn, NY
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Friends of Firefighters, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 01/30/2014: Friends of Firefighters, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 11/10/2014: FRIENDS OF FIREFIGHTERS INC

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Also Known As: FoF
Physical Address: Brooklyn, NY 11231 
EIN: 01-0611469
Web URL: www.friendsoffirefighters.org 
NTEE Category: F Mental Health, Crisis Intervention
F99 Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C.
M Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief
M20 Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services
P Human Services
P46 Family Counseling, Marriage Counseling
Ruling Year: 2002 


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Mission Statement

Friends of Firefighters is dedicated to addressing the physical, mental health, and wellness needs of New York City's firefighters (retired and active) and their families. Our ongoing mission is to provide long-term support and services through confidential counseling, wellness services, and other assistance required by firefighters and their families.

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Annual Revenue & Expenses

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2010
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2010

Total Revenue $386,935
Total Expenses $274,816

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Leadership

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Nancy Carbone

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Nancy Carbone has a background in education and maternal health. As a long-time resident of the Carroll Gardens community, Nancy had several friends on the job at the time of 9/11. She immediately began to support the firefighter community. Quickly, they stated their need for a place to gather separate from the department. She recognized the unique long-term needs of the fire department members and, with their support and encouragement, founded an organization dedicated to meeting those needs. Since September 11, 2001 she has served as head of Friends of Firefighters, Inc.

Leadership Statement:

Since 2001, Friends of Firefighters has served the New York City firefighting community through direct service and our many partnerships. Confidential counseling, therapeutic modalities such as yoga, biofeedback, massage therapy, acupuncture are offered in a circa 1870's firehouse (restored by firefighters from all five boroughs.) As our organization has grown, so too have the needs of the firefighters and their families. We have been privileged to bear witness to the bravery of our firefighters and honored to be welcomed into their lives. With this trust comes responsibility, a commitment to continue providing assistance to those who find it most difficult to ask for help.

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Programs

Program: Mental Health & Counseling (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
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Category:
Mental Health, Substance Abuse
Population Served:
Male Adults
Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program Description:

FoF offers confidential and free counseling services by LCSWs in the areas of anger management, stress reduction, anxiety and panic, depression, alcohol and substance abuse, relationship/marriage counseling, children and adolescents, retirement adjustment, trauma, grief and loss, balancing job and family.

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Program: Peer Support Program (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$1,200
Category:
Mental Health, Substance Abuse
Population Served:
Adults

Program Description:

Often what firefighters want and need is the support and guidance of one of their “brothers,” and we offer this through our peer support program. One way is through our monthly On the Arm Breakfast. The firehouse style kitchen provides a comfortable atmosphere for peers to connect with one another. Topics such as balancing family life, retirement, financial difficulties and stresses of the job are common topics between peers in the kitchen.

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Budget:
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Category:
Human Services
Population Served:
Adults

Program Description:

The sister of a firefighter volunteers at FoF to offer guidance and resources on questions of life insurance, wills, and financial planning.

Program Long-Term Success:

Program Short-Term Success:

Answers to firefighters' financial questions are answered immediately and clearly, providing comfort and knowledge.

Program Success Monitored by:

The volunteer who runs it

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Program: Massage Therapy (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
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Category:
Health Care
Population Served:
Adults

Program Description:

Massage therapy is offered in house, by appointment, with our licensed massage therapist.

Program Long-Term Success:

Massage therapy can be helpful in alleviating pain, improving circulation and range of motion, increasing joint flexibility, reducing inflammation, promoting tissue regeneration, as well as enhancing sleep quality, lessening depression and anxiety, and improving energy.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

Accomplishments: This past year we have succeeded in  raising awareness to the needs of the firefighter community via three different fundraisers and a greater on-line presence.  We have provided outreach and services; offered wellness services such as acupuncture, biofeedback, and yoga; and have offered resources such as referrals, scholarship opportunities, and guidance in budget and finances.  The mental health program has provided approximately 600 counseling sessions to firefighters and family members. These services focus on providing relief from symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder; implementation of coping skills; strengthening of social supports and alternatives to aggression and substance abuse.  The peer program provides activities formally once a month, and peer counselors are always available.    Organizationally, we have expanded our staff body allowing us to focus more specifically on services.  We have also added new members to our board of directors and  advisers.     Our ongoing goals are to continue to shape our work to meet the needs of this community.  We will continue to offer services and assess our work through evaluations to ensure that we serve our mission.  We expect to continue to offer wellness, mental health, and peer counseling support.      In 2009, grants from foundations, trusts, and local government made up 43% of our funding, and in 2010 it jumped to 74%. In 2009, funding from general public was 57%, and in 2010 26%. Percentage of total expenses devoted to services was 91% in 2009, and 87% in 2010.
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