To be considered for a financial assistance or a counseling “scholarship,” the applicant must:
1. Show a record of three months attendance at CCF
2. Show a record of regularly giving during that three months period
3. Make a statement of household income
The online form is the primary provision for applying for a Helping Hands Counseling Assistance Scholarship. Paper copies of the form are available at the church office and may be submitted to Pastoral Care.
Types of expenses that may be covered are housing, medical treatment, transportation to or from a place of employment, and funeral expenses.
Expenses that cannot be paid by Helping Hands funds include school expenses, business ventures or investments, anything which brings financial profit to the individual or family, paying off credit cards (exceptions can be made when an individual has had to use a credit card in a crisis or emergency, e.g. hospitalization, death, etc.), needs of individuals who are wanted by the law or for paying fines as a result of breaking the law, housing for unmarried couples, legal fees, penalties relating to late payments or irresponsible actions, or private school fees or tuition.
Funds will not be disbursed for food since there are other ministries who disburse food (Cape Coral Caring Center, CCMI, or Grace Community Church).
All recipients must attend Cape Christian membership class and financial stewardship class or be personally mentored in development of a home budget.
(Additional requirements for individuals applying for Helping Hands funds for a second time):
Applicant must have completed a financial workshop or class, or received approved individual financial counseling. The Pastoral Care department can help direct these individuals to find appropriate classes or mentors.
The applicant must have begun systematic giving, leading to tithing and experiencing the joy of returning back to God a portion of what God blesses to us.