In March of 2011 Independence Network, a program that serves adult individuals with a wide range of disabilities, including Autism and Downs Syndrome, was on the verge of closing due to severe budget shortfalls. Out of this fiscal crisis, Friends of the Independence Network Students, Inc was born when parents and other family members of the IN students banded together. FINS raised enough emergency funds to keep a downsized version of the original Independence Network program running for four consecutive school years and now seeks to expand our base of support beyond family and friends to the community at large.
Our Mission & Vision
Friends of Independence Network Students, Inc, in partnership with program professionals, is dedicated to providing a broad spectrum of support to the Independence Network Program. Our goal is a financially stable, continuously improving, enriching educational and vocational setting for the students of Independence Network.
Our vision for Independence Network is that it will continue to provide a life-long learning environment for students of all ages, knowing that no matter what an individual’s intellectual capabilities are, everyone is able to continue to learn and grow given the proper support and encouragement.
Independence Network is an exceptional, one of a kind program that cannot continue without FINS support. FINS needs community and corporate support to continue enhancing and improving the Independence Network program. This support can include individual donations, corporate sponsorship, employer matching funds, and/or grants.
Sriram, Board Member
Physician with Kaiser-Permanente for past 26 years. His daughter has been a student at Independence Network for the past 10 years.