Increasing Sustainability Encouraging Personal Responsibility by Drawing closer to God
Relief Services changes lives as we help our friends move to higher levels of sustainability over time thus becoming less reliant on others and more on God.
Relief Services are a cooperative of programs designed to help our friends draw closer to God, save money, stay out of debt, take care of themselves and their families and look at life's circumstances from a biblical perspective rather than a worldly one.
How do we do this?
First we assess where our friends are at to determine their level of sustainability and personal responsibility as our friends open up about their lives and current struggles. Biblical Counseling is designed to help our friends who know Jesus Christ become more like Christ every day and provide an opportunity to share the good news about Jesus to those that don't know him. It is vital that we seek His Kingdom and His Righteousness first in all of the situations we find ourselves in. Sadly, we (Christians) do not do this enough or at all. Relief Service Members commit to a minimum of 10 sessions of Biblical Counseling and dive into Gods word to see how God has designed us to live through the struggles we face.
Our savings program is a two year program that provides an incentive where we match 100% up to a $500 saved per year. If a member saves $500 in a year we match that with $500 so they would have $1000. We do this for a second year and without withdrawals they would have $2000. Any amount saved is a win as we encourage our friends to ready themselves for the rainy day ahead. We create a current financial picture, a snapshot so we have an idea of what our friends disposable income might be. Most of our friends struggle to make ends meet so we create the financial picture so they can see exactly what's coming in and what money is going out so they can effectively make changes to become less reliant on others. What an eye opening experience this is for our friends.
The No-Interest Micro Loan Program is a program designed to keep our friends from utilizing payday loan services that actually put them in more debt than they were in beforehand. Relief Service members can borrow up to $500 for any bill and then pay that back over a 6, 10, or 12 month time frame. This gives them skin in the game and dignity because even though we initially helped, they are the one that is actually pay the bill.
Would you consider being a Relief Coach? Our Relief Members meet monthly for about 45 minutes to review their financial plan, create goals, obtain guidance and accept actions steps that they follow through with until their next meeting. For more information on how to become a Relief Coach email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a huge endeavor. Instead of providing food, clothing and handing people in need a page of resources (that are extremely helpful) we are becoming the resource to our friends more and more as God directs us to what He wants us to do. Relief Services is not of our own doing, it is of God's leading. God has blessed CCR through your support over the past 10 years and He will continue to bless us with your support. Will you highly consider donating to CCR at this time? There are many people that we are helping and will help as we launch Relief Services the first week of July 2019. All donations are welcome and needed. We are averaging five Relief Service meeting a week, setting up loans for repayment over time, savings accounts, and counseling sessions. We cannot do this without your financial support!