Agency Closing

Board of Directors

Judith K Resnick, President

Kristin Hustus, Vice Pres.

Karen Langlois, Treasurer

Catherine Fisk-Natale, Secretary

               

Jeffrey Adgers

Larry Albert

David Eppner

Vivian Kotler-Haas

Martha Littlejohn

Marcus Rivera

Susan Storey

Howard Sovronsky

It is with both great sadness and great regret that the Board of Directors of Families in Crisis, Inc. has reached the painful decision that the agency can no longer continue operating, as of September 30, 2017.  As a Board, we have agreed to a plan of action that will result in the dissolution of our 501 (c)(3) corporation.

Over the last 40 years, Families in Crisis has worked throughout Connecticut to support families whose lives and relationships have been disrupted when a family member enters the criminal justice system.  Our agency has advocated for and provided services to families of offenders in order to support and strengthen family ties and reduce recidivism. 

We are proud that we have built a unique and credible reputation as one of only a few organizations dedicated to meeting the critical needs of offenders and their families. Although the needs of offenders and the impact of incarceration on families is as great as ever, many things have changed within out state and our society since we began this mission. 

Closing this agency has been a very difficult decision, and one that we have taken only after extensive deliberation. Unfortunately, funding streams and priorities have shifted making it impossible to continue programs and services as well as to sustain the mission of FIC.

The decision is in no way a reflection on our respect, support or regard for our staff. They are team of exceptionally talented and committed individuals who have performed in the most capable and professional way possible. Nor does our decision reflect in any way a diminished belief in the agency’s mission. We continue to believe that supporting families is a vital and critical component in successfully reintegrating offenders into society and reducing the impact of incarceration on our society as a whole.

Currently, much of our funding comes from the state, and as we all know the state’s financial situation is unstable and unknown.  This has greatly affects FIC’s ability to operate in the last two years.  We’ve spent extensive time exploring all options and have reached the conclusion that the obstacles are insurmountable. 

The Board is mindful of our fiduciary and legal responsibilities. We are very aware of the responsibility and the obligation we have to our staff, our clients and our funders both large and small. 

 While we wish circumstances were different, we feel we have no choice but to accept what is in front of us and move forward in the most responsible way for all parties involved. The Board of Directors, in cooperation with our contractors, is in the process of determining the best way to transition our clients to new providers over the next few months. At this time, the agency is committed to fulfill its obligations through September 30, 2017.

 Thank you for your support over the years. It has been invaluable in strengthening families in our communities affected by incarceration.   

 

Sincerely,

 

Judith K. Resnick, President                                                   Joyce Betts, CEO