Mental Health, Crisis Intervention

Friends of Firefighters, Inc.

  • Brooklyn, NY
  • www.friendsoffirefighters.org

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.

Main Programs

  1. Mental Health & Counseling
  2. Peer Support Program
  3. Financial Guidance
  4. Massage Therapy

service areas

New York

Self-reported by organization

Areas Served Narrative

The 5 boroughs of New York City

Self-reported by organization

ruling year

2002

Principal Officer

Nancy Carbone

Self-reported by organization

Keywords

firefighters, FDNY, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan, counseling, 9-11, September 11, fire men, firemen, fire fighters, community, grass-roots, volunteer, firemen, fireman, 343, firehouse, non profit, heroes, rescue workers, recovery workers

Self-reported by organization

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2014, 2013 and 2012.
Register now

EIN

01-0611469

 Number

2293017727

Physical Address

199 Van Brunt Street

Brooklyn, NY 11231

Also Known As

FoF

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

Family Counseling, Marriage Counseling (P46)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

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.  
 

 

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Self-reported by organization

Program 1

Mental Health & Counseling

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.

Category

Mental Health, Substance Abuse

Budget

Population Served

Male Adults

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program 2

Peer Support Program

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.

Category

Mental Health, Substance Abuse

Budget

$1,200.00

Population Served

Adults

Program 3

Financial Guidance

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

Category

Human Services

Budget

Population Served

Adults

Program 4

Massage Therapy

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

Category

Health Care

Budget

Population Served

Adults

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Self-reported by organization

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    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.   
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    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. In 2014, we received a Hurricane Sandy Social Services Block Grant, allowing us to expand mental health services to all 5 boroughs, as well as augmentations to our acupuncture, biofeedback, and financial guidance programs. Moving forward, we will continue to seek grants and funding to expand and improve the mental health and wellness services we offer.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.

service areas

New York

Self-reported by organization

Areas Served Narrative

The 5 boroughs of New York City

Self-reported by organization

External Reviews

The review section is powered by Great Nonprofits
Source: greatnonprofits.org

Financials

Financial information is an important part of gauging the short- and long-term health of the organization.

FRIENDS OF FIREFIGHTERS INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

NEED MORE INFO ON THIS NONPROFIT?

Free: Gain immediate access to the following:
  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2014, 2013 and 2012
  • Board Chair, Board Co-Chair and Board Members
  • Access to the GuideStar Community
Get all this now for free
Need the ability to download nonprofit data and more advanced search options? Consider a Premium or Pro Search subscription.

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Friends of Firefighters, Inc.

Leadership

NEED MORE INFO ON THIS NONPROFIT?

Free: Gain immediate access to the following:
  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2014, 2013 and 2012
  • Board Chair, Board Co-Chair and Board Members
  • Access to the GuideStar Community
Need the ability to download nonprofit data and more advanced search options? Consider a Premium or Pro Search subscription.

Principal Officer

Nancy Carbone

BIO

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.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"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."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Matt Finkes

Category 5 Sports

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section, which enables organizations and donors to transparently share information about essential board leadership practices. Self-reported by organization


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?