From Rev. Beth:
I want to give a huge THANK YOU to all of the generous people, groups, and organizations who have donated to help those who face struggles.
I also want to share a word to people who are seeking financial help for themselves or friends as the weather turns and we enter the coldest, harshest months. Many churches, ours included, will provide assistance in one or more ways, and many have various stipulations about how those funds are used, so I want to be clear about how CSCC can help you. If you are in need, I hope you will reach out! Even if the church isn’t able to help you, we are always available to assist in seeking out resources. In general, here is how the CSCC Emergency Fund is used:
• At the pastor’s discretion, or at the request of a partner agency or congregation, we may be able to help pay a utility bill or a month’s rent directly to the company or landlord. There are also times when various churches or community groups will pool money together to cover a month’s rent.
• We also have available emergency grocery cards, gas cards, and small coffee/breakfast cards. In the event of an emergency, we may even be able to cover an overnight in a hotel.
• The church also provides a list of resources, including town, county, state, and federal agencies, that provide long-term support in various ways. If we do this, it’s because we know that the system is available, and though it may be tedious, it does eventually work. Trust us: we want you or your friend to succeed.
• Sadly, we cannot give beyond our financial resources, however much we would love to end all financial hardship everywhere. If our financial resources are spent or fully allocated, we will do our best to connect you with other places.
• One other note… unfortunately the church cannot be counted on to assist in long-term financial support. The church can only offer financial support on an emergency basis.
While I wish we could do more, we’re working in flawed systems to do the most we possibly can with pooled resources so that as many people can be helped as possible. I also want to assure you that your situation and circumstances are kept in strict confidence. I will not only help you to the extent that I or the church is able, I will also pray with you and counsel you if you wish. Because above all else, you need to know that you aren’t alone. Scripture says in 1 Corinthians 12:26 ”If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.” We are together in this.
You are not alone.