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Crisis fund needs your help

Published: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 10:31 a.m. CDT

Three-fourths of the year is over, and it’s time to share a report of how the Union County Ministerial Alliance’s crisis fund has done, so far, this year. This report was written by the Rev. Jim Morris, who administers the fund.

The needs in the community have grown this year, and funds are about 14 percent above last year’s figures. If disbursements continue at the present rate, the fund will provide more than $36,500 in emergency assistance in 2013. And this is in addition to the food vouchers, which are given out from the Christmas Basket fund.

Administrators of the fund continue to work to deal with attempted abuses of the system, and have placed several individuals on a “permanently ineligible” list.

To date this year, $27,441.54 has been distributed and approximately 1,125 family units have been assisted. The balance, as this is written, is down to $191.11. While funds have not run out for several months, there is a probability of doing so Monday.

The fund has only received $22,448.54, and reserves have depleted.

Union County Ministerial Alliance appeals to churches, individuals and organizations in the county to help out in this hour of need, as the holiday season is upcoming.

Fifteen of the 19 churches in the county participate in the crisis fund, and the alliance is thankful to them for their commitment to people in crisis in Union County.

If anyone has any questions, comments or suggestions, direct them to Morris, who coordinates the fund, or to any clergyperson in the county. Call Morris at 782-2427 or 782-2715. Leave a message, and he will call you back.

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