Emergency Assistance

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Social Worker Office Hours:  Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10:30am-1:30pm

Phone number: 233-0723

In 1999, MSPC hired a part-time social worker to administer an emergency assistance program which has grown from serving 17 individuals/families and $461.16 in 1999 to serving 801 individuals/families and $23,188.53 in 2011.  The table displays the dramatic increase.  The emergency assistance program primarily assists with rent, utilities, and transportation but also helps purchase forms of identification, medication, auto parts, etc.

 Year
# Families/ Individuals Served

 

Total Amount

 

Per Person/ Family Average

 

1999 Sept.-Dec. 17 $470.16 $27.66
2000 25 $870.62 $34.82
2001 48 $2,259.00 $47.06
2002 91 $3,244.58 $35.65
2003 169 $9,380.33 $55.51
*2004 368 $12,786.26 $34.75
*2005 410 $8,645.72 $21.09
2006 440 $11,850.76 $26.93
2007 552 $13,124.32 $23.78
2008 636 $18,395.95 $28.92
**2009 852 $44,222.62 $51.90
**2010 908 $44,648.26 $49.17
2011 801 $23,188.53 $28.95
2012 941 $23,796.04 $25.29
2013 1127 $31,043 $27.54
2014 1102 $25,786.34 $23.40
2015 943 $25,608 $27.15

*In 2004,MSPC started distributing Lextran bus passes, which cost $15.00 each.  For this reason, the number of people that we helped increased significantly, but the amount per person/family decreased. In 2005, the trend continued as more bus passes were distributed.

**In 2009 and 2010, MSPC received federal funds to distribute to the community in addition to the church budgeted funds.  With the federal funds, we were able to help with a full month’s rent or utilities.  For this reason, the number served, the total amount distributed, and the amount per person/family all increased.  In 2011, MSPC did not apply for federal funds, and numbers returned to normal trends of gradual increase.