WHAT IS CONGREGATION CONNECTIONS?
Congregation Connections links social services and faith groups, working to strengthen communities throughout Kent County by supporting ministry and outreach teams. We collaborate with over 200 congregations across 17 denominations, offering training and casework services.
Our mission is to connect the faith-based community to issues of justice and stewardship within their benevolence outreach.
We envision a thriving network of faith communities that act as centers of relationship and connection with their neighbors.
The Benefits Outreach Program works with congregations and other community centers to assist individuals in applying for all federal benefits available through MI Bridges, including SNAP (food stamps), State Emergency Relief (SER), cash assistance, childcare assistance, and healthcare coverage.
The Access caseworkers support congregations in stewarding resources and funds in their benevolence outreach programs. We do this by providing casework services at no cost with the goal of the congregation building relationship with neighbors that come to them for assistance.
HOW IT WORKS
It’s important to us that congregations are able to build relationships with their neighbors and engage their communities in effective ways. So when a neighbor makes a request to the congregation for resource assistance, the congregation connects with Access to provide casework services and gather local resources on behalf of the congregation so that they can have more time to focus on building those relationships and be good stewards of their communities.