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Other ways you can offer help

My last blog focused on how sometimes our good intentions to ‘help’ can really ‘hurt’ a person’s chances to clear up a debt and get a fresh start.  By having someone first apply with agencies who may be able to offer financial assistance, there is a greater possibility that multiple sources of assistance could help […]

When is helping really hurting?

Sitting across the table from someone who is facing an eviction or utility shut-off, a natural first reaction would be to fix it, especially if there are children at home.  As Christians, we all struggle with the challenge to see everyone as Jesus.  We need to believe that Jesus is among us, that He walks beside […]

OSM Safety Awareness Brown Bag Workshop (Learning How to Safely Help Others)

OSM Safety Awareness Brown Bag Workshop (Learning How to Safely Help Others) An individual approaches you for money and they get angry and aggressive when you say “no.” What do you do? How can you protect yourself? How can you prevent such a thing from happening? Lt. Patrick Merrill from the Grand Rapids Police Department […]

ACCESS OSM can help your Benevolence Ministry be more than writing a check….

ACCESS of West Michigan began over 25 years ago out of a need to have a central database to record those who had received help from congregations.  The first official employee was a Caseworker, to coordinate and offer assistance to churches who were being asked for financial assistance.  Now, many years later, we know that the need for this […]

How to Best Work with OSM Caseworkers

As I am putting together the information from the OSM Survey Monkey (thanks to all those who took the time to participate) I thought would comment on some of the confusion out there on how ACCESS Caseworkers can best work with Congregations. First of all, both caseworkers use voicemail and email to respond to inquiries. […]

Not so Easy Decisions

So, you answered the call to serve as a benevolence volunteer. Putting our Christian values to work to help others through difficult times seems like a natural progression, but what about the not so easy decisons? Finding out that a family has not made any utility payments and are now facing a shut-off if your […]