Protecting families from experiencing a crisis of homelessness

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During the summer months, the requests from congregations come in frequently for assistance for their neighbors. So far this summer, our caseworker Niki, has supported dozens of churches in preventing utilities shutoffs and evictions. Niki frequently runs a check to a landlord to ensure the payment makes it in time, protecting families from experiencing a crisis of homelessness.

By providing in-depth case support to churches and encouraging our church partners to meet relational needs of each person who walks in their door, we are wholistically addressing spiritual and basic needs through our Congregation Connections program.

Submitted by Emma Garcia
Access of West Michigan
Diaconal Quarterly Report – Summer 2019

The Access caseworkers support congregations in stewarding resources and funds in their benevolence outreach programs. This is done by providing casework services at no cost with the goal of the congregation building relationship with neighbors that come to them for assistance.

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