The Benevolence Fund
Each congregation within the Sojourn Houston family contributes to a centralized Benevolence Fund, an account earmarked for members and non-members in need of financial assistance. This fund is replenished primarily through individual donations, though some congregations contribute via their annual budgets.
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Policies & Procedures
The Benevolence Fund Policies and Procedures are summarized below. To read the entire document, click the button at the bottom.
At least one member of the household must be working, retired, disabled, or have a pending job placement. The Financial Stewardship Team may ask to review budgets, invoices, bank statements, etc.
Cash assistance requires Elder approval. Ordinarily, we pay bills directly or write a check when receipts are provided.
Any financial need less than $250 should be met by the Neighborhood Parish.
Each calendar year, assistance per family is limited to $1000 for Covenant Members and $500 for non-members engaged in a Neighborhood Parish. Exceptions may be made with Elder approval.
Covenant Members may also receive up to a $2,000 interest-free loan.
Donations specifically directed to an individual or family are not tax-deductible. Covenant members may give directly to the Benevolence Fund, but Sojourn is not thereby bound to render assistance.
Submit a one-time donation or set up a recurring donation to the Benevolence Fund below.