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COMPASSION CENTER

Financial and/or personal hardship is something no one should have to go through alone.

Below is a list of resources to help you during this hard season.

BILL PAYMENT CONCERNS

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Budget

If you haven’t looked at a budget in a while, now’s the time to do so. Every Dollar is a great free app to use to get a budget together.

  • Get clarity from your income sources as to what the reality will look like over the coming weeks.

  • Cut spending to bare necessities. If you can’t pay all of your bills, Dave Ramsey recommends you spend your money on these four items first and in this order:

    • Food 

    • Utilities 

    • Shelter 

    • Transportation

Defer Payments

  • If you’re still not able to cover all of your expenses, identify payments that can be deferred:

    • Call creditors to explain your situation. You can ask for temporary relief on your monthly payments. If you offer to still send some money, even if it’s a smaller amount than your typical payment, they might be more willing to work with you.

    • If you have federal student loans, you can forbear (interest accrues) or defer (interest doesn’t accrue on subsidized federal loans) your loan payments.

    • For student loans, use this questionnaire to understand what options are available to you.

  • If you’re paying extra on debt(s) right now and have less than one to two months’ worth of expenses in an emergency fund, it might not be a bad idea to temporarily stop extra payments and then restart them once things settle down.

  • Enroll for health insurance, if you can.

  • Use this week to get a game plan together and gather information, as there may be more changes coming.

Unemployment Insurance

FINACIAL COUNSELING

FINANCIAL COUNSELING

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Sign up for FREE financial counseling at Thornapple Valley Church by filling out a short initial intake form below!

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

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Barry County Cares is a faith-based community non-profit that seeks the cooperation of local churches, individuals and businesses to help people in need in Barry County.

 

United Way of Barry County can assist you with many critical needs, or connect you to a well-suited community partner. Please visit their office or call for assistance.

 

Family Promise of Barry County delivers life-saving services; prevention, shelter and stabilization to families in need.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

FOOD ASSISTANCE

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Food Pantries

- Hastings Green Street United Methodist Church

- Delton Faith United Methodist Church

- Dowling Country Chapel

- Middleville United Methodist Church

* Call Barry County Cares (269-948-9555) for the above pantries for more information.

 

More Food Pantries

- Hastings, Thornapple Valley Church: 269-948-2549

- Orangeville Baptist Church: (269) 664-4377

- Orangeville Community Outreach: (269) 838-5887

- Lake Odessa, Mannas Market: (269) 838-5887

- Lakewood Community Council: (616) 374-3117

- The Underground Pantry: (269) 578-6169

 

 

Food Initiatives:

TUESDAY DISTRIBUTION:

Maple Valley Community Center of Hope, Nashville Maple Valley School District 

Every week from 9:30-10:30am | (517) 930-2107

Kilpatrick United Brethren Church, Woodland
3rd Tuesday from Noon – 1pm | (269) 367-4534

McCallum Church, Delton
1st Tuesday from 3:45-5:30pm | (269) 623-8226

WEDNESDAY DISTRIBUTION:

Green Street United Methodist Church, Hastings
Operated by Barry County United Way
Every week from 10-11am | (269) 945-4010

Soups On, St. Francis Church, Shelbyville
Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday from 7-9am | (269) 664-4345

The Gathering Place/Community Center, Freeport
4th Wednesday from 9-11am, (616) 765-9055

THURSDAY DISTRIBUTION:

Thornapple Valley Church, Delton

3rd Thursday from 3:30-5:30pm | (269) 795-9581

FOOD ASSISTANCE

MENTAL HEALTH ASSISTANCE

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Text "Care" to 77948 to learn more about counseling.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES:

Barry County Mental Health

Pine Rest 

Wedgewood 

FREE professional counseling at Thornapple Valley Church every Monday and Thursday by appointment only.

Evening appointments now available via Zoom by appointment only.

MENTAL HEALTH
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