Concerns Committee of St Rose/St Mary parishes is involved
with many aspects of building relationships both within and
outside of our parishes. One of our programs is the
Hardship Fund. It is our purpose to assist
individuals, families and community members who have
experienced very difficult or demanding events in their
lives. As a faith community we want to help in some
way. Both of our parishes have collections throughout
the year to sustain this fund. Anyone who is
interested in making a personal donation at any time may do
In order to
have some consistency and accountability our committee has
developed the following guidelines to ensure a positive
outcome for all involved.
of the Hardship Fund is to touch people’s lives with a
caring spirit embodied by the community of St. Rose/St
need is not a criteria, but the true need is considered.
membership is not a criteria. Reaching out to
an un-churched person may be a way of evangelization.
Reaching out to a member of another denomination may
promote an ecumenical spirit.
Hardship Fund should not duplicate programs available
through other resources such as the Salvation Army.
Hardship Fund budget account will be available to the
Human Concerns committee on a monthly basis. Scrip
cards will be requested from the parish bookkeeper after
discussion at the Human Concerns meeting of potential
recipients of this outreach. The Hardship Fund
representative will submit a written request for Scrip to
the parish bookkeeper. The request will include the
names of the recipients but this information will be kept
confidential . Any funds distributed directly from
the parish offices will also be noted in the ledger.
The parish director is the only staff authorized to
approve funds distributed by the parish office. A ledger
will be kept of expenditures by both the committee and the
parish bookkeeper. Any returned Scrip cards should
be identified in the ledger as such.
use of Scrip gift cards will benefit both the recipient
and the parish.
should be as consistent as possible, and not extravagant
when the fund has a lot of money that has to be used or
limited when the fund is low. It is possible that
the recipient could receive additional help as needed in
purpose of the fund should be explained in the bulletin at
a minimum of four times yearly. This explanation
should also be included in the parish website. This
could identify more potential recipients. The parish
liaison to the Clintonville Area Ecumenical Council could
also be a source of potential recipients through their
involvement with that organization. The PCCW and
school staff could also be a source of potential
issues can limit how the fund can be utilized. While
some people might feel their privacy is invaded, the gift
cards could be accompanied by a card that states
..we hope you will accept… As we know
we’ve had people return gift cards expressing their
appreciation and suggesting they be offered to those
more in need.
parishioner can refer an individual or family who may be
eligible to be a possible recipient from the Hardship Fund.
For more information, please call the church office - (715)
201-9913. Ask for Lincoln Wood with your concerns.
for the Hardship Fund are on Ash Wednesday, Holy Thursday