a. The disbursement is intended to be a one-time gift for someone going through a difficult financial crisis. It is given after the person has used their personal resources and requested help from family and friends. It is not a loan and it is not necessary to repay in either money or labor.
b. Disbursements will typically be made to individuals no more than twice a year.
c. Checks for disbursements will be made out to third part agencies such a utility companies, landlords, etc.
d. While these disbursements will often be emergency in nature, it may take up to 5 business days to process the request, thus the application should be made as soon as the potential issue is identified.
e. Before disbursement we require an application be submitted. Some of the questions may seem personal; however, we consider this due diligence on the part of the church.
As funds may be limited, priority for disbursement will be as follows;
a. Regular attendees of Community Bible Church in good standing, and involved with the church body.
b. The broader community that have connection to Community Bible Church
The fund exists to help meet individual basic needs. Samples include:
d. Medical treatment including medicine
Disbursements that would generally not be considered include but are not limited to:
a. School expenses (not some supplies)
b. Credit card expenses
c. Legal costs
d. Housing for unmarried couples
e. Late fees or irresponsible actions
f. Business debts
Due to our location close to the freeway we frequently have transients visit the church office seeking assistance. Our goal is to treat these individuals with love and respect while insuring that the Church, the children of Sonshine ELC, and our employees are safe.
It is our policy to:
a. Never give out cash.
b. Request positive ID of everyone traveling together including children
c. Request a phone number of someone we can contact to verify the travelers situation
d. Provide direction to the local Medford Gospel Mission for appropriate needs such as lodging
e. Evaluate the situation and we may provide food or gas coupons as appropriate
f. Restrict movement of the transients to the foyer area of the church unless escorted with preferably two other individuals