Financial Assistance

The most significant gift that has ever been given was God’s sacrifice of His son on the cross to pay the debt for our sins.  Our giving is rooted in the character and nature of our Heavenly Father.  His gift has changed our lives so that we want to give as He has given.  We can never repay Him for His gift to us, and we don’t seek to do so.  Our giving is an overflowing of our love and thankfulness for Him.  The money in College Baptist’s assistance fund was given by our congregants as a gift to the Lord.  We hope you will see our assistance in this way—as a gift from God, first to the people in our congregation and then, through them, from Him to you.

We seek to extend aid when unexpected and serious circumstances develop, creating a hardship in which the health, safety or welfare of one or more members of the household is directly affected. Typically, these hardships are the result of a job loss, an accident, illness, or death in the immediate family.  Examples of eligible expenses include housing, utilities, health, and travel.  We can only offer one-time, short-term assistance.  Clients may be asked to consider letting go of non-essential living expenses before assistance is approved.

Follow the steps below to seek assistance from College Baptist Church.  Following these requirements does not guarantee that assistance will be provided.  Any approved funds will be made payable to the provider of the service.  No money will be given to the applicant, and no cash will ever be given.

1) MEET WITH LOCAL AGENCIES
Before you approach us for aid, we ask that you first meet with representatives from the Community Action Agency (55 Barnard Street, 437-3346), the Department of Human Services (40 Care Drive, 439-2290), and the Salvation Army (160 East Bacon, 437-4240) to seek help with your situation. 

2) GATHER APPROPRIATE DOCUMENTATION
If you have not been able to gain assistance from these local agencies, please gather any appropriate documentation, such as letters from the three agencies, driver’s license, lease or mortgage agreement, bank statements, and billing statements.  We can only consider bills that are in the name of the person providing identification.

3) BRING YOUR DOCUMENTS TO THE CHURCH OFFICE
Come to the church office (200 N. Manning Street) with your documentation during our office hours (9am-12pm and 1-3pm Tuesday-Friday).  We will make copies of your documents and help you fill out the assistance application.  Your information will only be disclosed to those involved with your situation. 

4) ATTEND A WORSHIP SERVICE
We seek to invite you into God's family.  We hope to be able to bless you financially, but we can't meet all of your needs.  However, we know from the Bible that "God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19).   We invite you to attend one of our worship services (Sunday mornings, 10 AM June-August, 10:45 AM September-May) and meet with one of our church leaders afterward to talk about God's love and promises for you.  
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