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Families and Communities Together Relief - FACT Relief

Marietta, GA   |  www.factrelief.org

Mission

The mission of FACT Relief is to support families suddenly battling a debilitating and/or terminal disease as well as other catastrophic life events that may impact the ability of the head of the household to provide for the family. Our goal is to bring communities, friends, families and loved ones together for a common purpose. To be able to immediately and sustainably help those we love financially get through a painful and debilitating time. We accomplish that by offering targeted financial support as well as long-term planning and guidance for the benefit of these families with a demonstrated need.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Kelly Foster

Co Principal Officer

Jennifer Parker

Main address

2246 Roswell Road

Marietta, GA 30062 USA

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EIN

47-2746306

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Project HOPE

With Project HOPE we seek out families with young/dependent children who have lost their major source of income due to a catastrophic injury or illness. We have seen the devastating financial burden this puts on a family, often left with substantial amounts of debt or even worse, bankrupt.

Our goal is to aid families during the peak of their financial hardship for up to one year. As with our other programs, we work with the Emory ALS Center, the ALS Association of Georgia, and/or the Shepherd Spinal Center to identify potential beneficiaries that would qualify for this program.

Eligible beneficiaries complete our standard application for review. Once accepted, we work closely with our beneficiaries to determine a budget for all uninsured medical costs and day-to-day necessary household expenses. Beneficiaries the go through our monthly bill submission and approval process, as well as receive financial guidance and/or support for the navigation of medical payments.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
People with disabilities
Chronically ill people
Terminally ill people

This program is designed to help those who are living with paralysis with the out-of-pocket costs associated with around the clock caregiving. The goal of this program is to help cover those costs, as well as to help caregivers with the coordination of care by maintaining a local network of resources specific to the needs of those living with paralysis.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of families who have received assistance from FACT Relief to help cover uninsured medical expenses.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since our inception in 2015, we continue to help more families each year.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our goal is to bring communities, friends, families and loved ones together for a common purpose. To be able to immediately and sustainably help those we love financially to get through a painful and debilitating time. We accomplish that by offering targeted financial support as well as long-term planning and guidance for the benefit of these families with a demonstrated need.

When a friend was diagnosed with ALS in 2015, we realized that he and his family needed help. They needed financial advice, fundraising tools, and a plan for dealing with their devastating news. A small group of people came to his aid with conviction, persistence and a “can do” attitude.

What we learned helped us formulate a model that could be used by others who suffer similar situations. The result is Families and Communities Together (FACT) Relief, a non-profit and grassroots organization that provides financial and fundraising tools to help communities rally support for those families facing the financial burden of catastrophic injury and terminal illnesses. Since then, we have initiated several programs to service the community.

FACT Relief has a website with our mission, beneficiary stories and an online application. We receive calls and applications regularly from our website. We send out newsletters regularly to our beneficiaries and donors to provide updates. We will reach out to our databases and ensure our network of caregivers; home care agencies and hospitals/rehab facilities are aware of this project.

We would also work closely with the ALS Clinic at Emory and the ALS Association (GA Chapter) to recruit program participants. We already have a close working relationship with both organizations, and have helped many families through their leads. We also have a list of aides and nurses that we employ for several clients. They often reach out to us if looking for work, and we continue to cultivate relationships with both private caregivers and public home care agencies and will do an initial outreach as soon as possible to advise of this project.

We are also working to boost our social media presence on both Instagram and Facebook so the community is aware of our current projects and programs.

At FACT Relief, we work to ensure that we remain close to our beneficiaries and do what we can to keep an individualized touch with them, remaining open and available to them to assist with their needs, whether it is related to their care for living with paralysis, or other general issues.

Both Kelly (Executive Director) and Jennifer (Associate Director) have established relationships with not only the Emory ALS Clinic and the ALSA, but local home care and rehabilitation facilities, as well as companies that provide durable medical equipment. We continue to build our network, constantly updating our database of qualified caregivers and those who specialize in helping improve the quality of life for someone living with paralysis, including people living on a ventilator.

We regularly attend conferences and webinars of local agencies to ensure we stay up to date on other local programs and offers, so that we may stay abreast of current healthcare and/or insurance changes of which we should be aware. We openly share our information with other organizations in hopes of building a better network in our local area all around. Our working relationships can help ensure that our program is successful. We can refer others to programs that we are aware of, and others can refer people they know to us. We want to see families who are coordinating care get access to all programs we know about, and our local network helps us with that.

FACT Relief was formed in 2015 to help someone that was diagnosed with ALS. Once family and friends realized what a huge financial impact the disease was taking, they came together looking for ways to help. They realized the family needed financial advice, fundraiser tools and a plan for dealing with their devastating news.

What they learned helped formulate a model that could be used by others who are in similar situations. The result was Families and Communities Together Relief or FACT Relief, a non-profit and grassroots organization that provides financial and fundraising tools to help communities rally support for those families facing the financial burden of catastrophic injury and terminal illnesses. Since then, we’ve helped more than 20 families dealing with catastrophic illness or injury, most of whom were diagnosed with ALS and living with paralysis.

Our Executive Director has worked directly with all families served since FACT Relief was started. She has worked tirelessly to establish 501(c)(3) status, set up our website and outreach efforts, create programs, onboard clients, coordinate care, and work closely with families to help raise funds while also taking care of financial issues related to their care. She remains a close touchpoint for each of our families, learning about each illness or injury and working to understand the best ways our organization can help in each situation, while also providing a level of genuine compassion that families don’t often find on their home care journey.

We recently hired an Associate Director whose husband passed away after living with ALS for over a decade. He was completely paralyzed for over five years, able to communicate only with an eye gaze device. Also, with a lot of care and coordination, he also lived a full life on a ventilator for over three years. With her, our Associate Director brings extensive knowledge on the role of caregiving for someone who is paralyzed and looking to continue living their best life despite circumstances. She also brings her own network of resources and contacts for our local area and those beneficiaries we serve.

Financials

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Families and Communities Together Relief - FACT Relief

Board of directors
as of 04/27/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Thomas Pearce

Maxex, LLC

Term: 2015 -

Gary Motley

Motley Insurance Agency

Peek Garlington

Edge Capital Partners

Dr. Jonathan Glass

Emory Hospital

Stuart Carrington

Transwestern

Jack Murphy

Carter USA

Russell Hardin

Cousins

Katherine Ohlhausen

Independent Event Planner and Project Manager

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/16/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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