The Helping Hand Fund exists in order to assist with the urgent financial needs of Ecclesial Members, and their dependents where help is not available from public sources. The following information is intended as a guide for use in deciding whether or not the fund should be used, and how to go about it.
Ecclesial Responsibility

While the Ecclesia’s primary responsibility is for the spiritual welfare of its Members, it is also responsible to provide help where it can in meeting practical needs. “If a Brother or Sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, depart in peace and be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body, what doth it profit?” (James 2:15-16). The Ecclesia will seek to provide necessary assistance where the resources of the individual and his family are not available. Where help is available through insurance and public welfare agencies such as Medi-Cal, the Ecclesia will provide assistance until such help becomes available.

Financial problems

A written request should be made to the Recording Brother or any Member of the Arranging Board. The request should state the circumstances surrounding the request, and the purpose for which funds are needed. Any additional information that would be helpful to the board in reviewing the request should be included. Any Member of the Arranging Board may assist in preparing the written request. The Board will review the request and determine how best to meet the need. Funds may come from the Helping Hand Fund or from other Christadelphian sources available to the Board, including the Joy Fund.

1. Needs of $300 or less. The Ecclesial Treasurer is authorized to provide funds on an emergency basis on his own judgment without seeking approval from the Arranging Board.

2. Needs over $300. The request will be considered at the next regularly scheduled Arranging Board meeting.

3. Needs of more than $1,500 (one-time) or an on-going need. The Arranging Board will appoint 2 board Members to meet with the requestor and report back to the Arranging Board.