This is a great tip about accessing donated funds. Thanks for sharing it. I’ll add a few more tips.
I’ve known about these donated, what’s named as, Benevolent Funds, for years. Every church I’ve been at, including from three different denominations (United, Anglican & Baptist) have had this program. The process has been similar across the board. The person requesting the funds goes in, asks the secretary or receptionist (usually the first person they see) for help. They’re then connected to whomever is in charge of dispensing the funds. , and are then given the help.
Many of my churches were nice. They don’t ask too many questions. Some chose to dispense cash, others gift cards, bus fares, or vouchers to, for example, a hot meal program. They were also able to hand out things like diapers, formula, sometimes clothes, and other much-needed items.
Another useful resource comes from Ontario’s new social prescription.
The method of accessing the social prescription is not always accessible though some require customers to line up, no matter what the weather. Some only distribute to a population that they’re been set up to serve as a non-profit.