Global pandemic | Economic recovery | Racial injustice
In these dire times communities are experiencing desperate need, and churches are struggling to respond.
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The Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn has one of the highest rates of single-mother families, many of whom are running from domestic abuse situations.
Due to the economic challenges of the pandemic, some are barely making rent. Many aren’t. In fact, 40% of the student body at this neighborhood’s K-8 school live in a shelter or are homeless.
These mothers must work. But with the pandemic-mandated closure of hundreds of child care facilities, along with day-to-day economic struggles, they are in dire need of safe, affordable childcare services.
You Can Change This Story
The local church in Bedford-Stuyvesant has imagined a comprehensive program to meet this need.
They envision creating a space for congregation members to provide safe, around-the-clock childcare services and adequate housing space for these families.
They envision providing after-school programs, homework assistance, and nutritious meals to students and families, free of charge.
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Almost half of the families in the community of Bloomfield live below the poverty line. At a brutal 30%, their unemployment rate is one of the highest in the nation. For those who can find work, 72% of them are under-employed.
The effects of the pandemic are stretching these already underserved families to the breaking point. Most struggle to put food on the table, much less pay for everyday household items – like bathroom tissue and dish soap – that we take for granted.
You Can Change This Story
he local church in the Bloomfield community already knows what to do.
They have already established relationships with local farmers who will provide fresh fruits & vegetables, milk, poultry, and beef to feed these families.
They have already collaborated with local retailers who will donate returned items that these families so direly need.
They already envision a network of drive-thru centers where church members will pray with families while food and household goods are placed in their cars safely.
All they need is a delivery truck.
The Change the Story Fund exists to help congregations meet local, critical needs like these. Your gift of as little as $10 will provide micro grants that empower churches to Change the Story in their communities.
CHANGE THE STORY TODAY
Everywhere Jesus went, His presence and actions changed the story for everyone He encountered—the poor, the sick, the imprisoned, the hopeless.
(See Luke 4:16-21)
Frequently Asked Questions
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It’s easy! Click “Apply” above to download the grant proposal form. Complete the form and e-mail it to ChangetheStory@chog.org. The Proposal Review Team will vet and respond to the proposal within an estimated 5 business days. If the proposal is approved, we will connect with you about how to proceed. If the proposal is not approved, the team will offer feedback on how to strengthen it for the future.
No! Our goal is to support the local church in caring for and engaging their community. The money is a grant given to start the project. There is no requirement to return the funds, only to share your story with us on how the funds were used.
No. This grant process deals with issues arising from the pandemic as well as issues related to racial injustice. There will be another process for funding to encourage community engagement by churches in general which will be available in the fall of 2020.
In order to expedite distribution and get relief on the ground, we are limiting the first round of the Change the Story pandemic grants to a maximum of $2,500.
Proposals can be sent in now! We will support projects on a first-come-first-served basis, so we encourage you to apply quickly!
This fund was born out of collaborative conversations between Church of God Ministries, our partners in ministry, and the local church. We are leveraging our communication platforms to amplify the stories of impact from the local church, and we are committed to distributing the funds received through these efforts back out to the local church for continued and enhanced kingdom impact.