A project of InReach since 1999, First In Families (FIF) partners with families, individuals and the community to fulfill the needs and life goals of families with developmental disabilities (including autism, Down syndrome, epilepsy and traumatic brain injury). FIF offers resources and assistance to help individuals and families become self-sufficient or meet a basic need, such as housing (rent or mortgage payments), utilities, food, clothing, furniture or appliances. This program can help when all other options have been exhausted.
FIF receives funding from the state, county and fundraising events. FIF also oversees Joshua’s Promise, which is dedicated to helping families that need assistance with funeral and burial arrangements for a child up to age 18 who died due to congenital, developmental disabilities.
FIF Guiding Principles
- Persons with disabilities and/or their families are the experts regarding their own life choices.
- Providers are respectful of and responsive to the direction given them by persons with disabilities and their families.
- Persons with disabilities and their families have the same rights, responsibilities and opportunities to contribute and participate in their communities as all other citizens.
- Communities have a responsibility to support the needs of persons with disabilities and their families.
- Persons with disabilities and their families, professionals, community and business leaders, and the general public need to work together in order to provide for a coordinated, effective resource base for persons with disabilities and their families.