Mission: The Koinonia Foundation, Inc. is the non-profit organization providing both short-term emergency assistance and self-sufficiency services to the citizens of the Greater Kingstowne/Franconia area. We provide emergency assistance with food, clothing and a financial safety net. We encourage self-sufficiency by offering counseling and education to break the cycle of poverty.
Target demographics: Individuals and families who are in need of emergency assistance.
Programs: Emergency relief servicesthe emergency relief services (ers) is at the core of koinonia's mission. Koinonia, on an everyday basis, helps individuals and families overcome short-term obstacles in their lives. Koinonia provides life-saving and life-changing assistance that keeps poverty at bay in the lives of our clients and ultimately stablizes our community. Ers operates a food pantry and provides basic food products on a monthly basis. Ers also operates a clothing closet where clients are encouraged to select clothing and household items in an effort to help relieve money otherwise spent on clothing and/or household items. Finally ers offers financial assistance to cover needed rental or utility need, or prescription drugs; and a self-sufficiency plan created by both the client and koinonia staff in which goals are identified and a timeline is arranged.
seasonal programskoinonia's seasonal programs (sp) provide additional support for individuals participating in ers. Sp alleviates the financial burden of seasonal holidays, and other special times throughout the year. Sp will provide summer camp scholarships for school-age children, back-to-school supplies to include clothing and shoes, holiday food, and holiday and birthday gifts for children.
I had the most horrible experience with the people at this organization. Their mission statement is to treat people with dignity. That's far from what they did. In fact, I left there humiliated after the receptionist was rude to me in front of other people in the waiting room and yelled at me. She was very condescending and hostile. When I spoke with the Social Worker about my experience and behavior, she was sorry I "felt that way" . If you are at a low point, or need assistance or depressed, definitely don't go to this place. Despite it being listed nowhere on their website or anywhere on the internet, the receptionist scolded me that "we don't take walk-ins and we don't do same day appointments". I explained to her that I was not aware of that and she flippantly said well you should have known that because that's been our policy for a long time. Well, again, that policy is not listed ANYWHERE! She treated me like I was beneath her, despite the fact that I have donated funds to their organization in the past and didn't need an appointment for them to take my check donation. These people showed no compassion or kindness. Just mean. Beware. I will never be returning or recommending anyone to go there and I also shared this experience with some agencies in our county. They were not surprised.