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Our History

Faith in Action Steuben was founded in Hornell, NY in 1995. At first, we were serving in the towns of Hornell, Arkport, and Canisteo, but we began expanding to western Steuben in 2003. After a few more years, in 2007, we were reaching eastern Steuben as well. Starting with only 3 zip codes in 1995, we currently serve in 28 zip codes which covers most of Steuben County.

Mission Statement

"Faith in Action Steuben County is a coalition of congregations, civic groups, and individuals working together to serve older adults in need a little assistance to continue living independently. This support is provided at no charge to the recipient by caring volunteers, selflessly giving their time and compassion to others."

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Meet the Team

Dick Russell first became aware of the Faith in Action program when he and his family attended a presentation at the church they attended given by Tippy Irwin, the first director of "Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Program", as it was known then. Dick leaned over to his wife, Kathy, and told her, "This is something I want to be involved in after the kids grow up." Little did he know that he would get his wish in a most unsuspected way some eight years later when the Executive Director's position became open. Dick was hired and has served in that capacity since 2003, overseeing the program's expansion from serving 3 towns to now covering 25 different zip codes throughout all of Steuben County. Dick and Kathy reside in Canisteo, NY. They enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren and being involved in their church, where Dick serves as Pastor/Elder.
Angela Jenkins is the office manager at Faith in Action. She has been with FIA since 2016. Angela manages day-to-day operations, scheduling, and works closely with our recipients and volunteers. It will most likely be her friendly voice on the other end of the phone. Angela lives in Hornell with her husband, two sons, and their dog.

Board of Directors

President: Dorothy Behan
Christy Balliett
Bill Gunther
Vice President: Heather Lisi
Carolin Campbell
Janet Farnsworth
Treasurer: Kate Paterson
Amy Irvine
David Barnard
Secretary: TBD
Ellen Mason