How a Church in the Northeast Helps Those in Financial Struggle
A church in the center of the CITY must offer practical support to local people suffering from financial difficulties.
St Nicholas’ Church in Durham’s Market Square has announced it will be able to raise money for those in need to buy a specific item, such as replacing a broken cooker for a family in financial difficulty or outfitting someone with maintenance clothing to help get a job.
This potential support is made possible through a new partnership with Acts 435a national online charity that gives donors the ability to connect with people who need help.
Acts 435 allows St Nicholas, or St Nics as it is known locally, and other participating local churches and charities, to post requests for specific needs on their website.
Individuals can then go online and donate any chosen amount to purchase the specific items that will help people in difficult circumstances, helping them bridge the gap of the financial crisis.
The charity was set up to enable people willing to support people and families directly in their area or in another area of the UK, by donating what they can afford.
These donations fund items such as fridge-freezers and furniture for local people who may be homeless, fleeing domestic violence, people new to the UK, or who may have lost their jobs or been in debt. .
‘Michael’, the Acts 435 representative in Durham who works at St Nics, described it as ‘a unique charity’.
“It operates on a hugely profitable model, working through churches and regulated charities to connect donors directly to people in need.
“One hundred per cent of donor funds go to those in need and the charity has helped over 32,000 people nationwide since its launch 11 years ago.
“Working with Acts 435 will allow us to be such a blessing to people in our local community and we are thrilled at the opportunity.”
Further information on Acts 435 is available via www.acts435.org.ukor by contacting ‘Michael’, or ‘Lydia’, at the church.
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