CAP Debt & Financial Health Service

Equipping churches to walk alongside families in financial distress.

Today, there are people in your community whose lives are being devastated as a result of debt and financial crisis. People who are skipping meals so their kids can eat and some are on the verge of being evicted. They may be feeling suicidal, depressed and alone.

Partnering CAP’s service with the compassion of the local church is changing lives every year. Families are getting their finances back on track, working their way out of debt, finding a supportive church family and coming to know God.

What CAP provides

CAP provides your church with all the training and support to enable you to deliver a professional service that’s proven to help some of the most vulnerable in society. CAP equip your church to offer credit counseling, financial health coaching, budgeting skills and debt advice. CAP's service for people in need is completely free of charge, providing impartial advice that can be trusted and no products or services are sold. 

CAP brings all of the financial advice and credit counseling expertise, allowing your church team to focus on supporting the clients emotionally, spiritually and practically. This means your church won’t have to worry about all the financial and legal knowledge, as our highly trained caseworkers at head office will take care of all that for you. 

Covenant Fellowship Church in the south Chicago suburbs partnered with CAP in 2020:

What your church needs to do

In order to open a CAP Debt & Financial Health Service, your church will need the following:

  • To recruit someone from your church to become your church's CAP Center Manager. They will need to work a minimum of two days per week and they can be paid or volunteer in this role. CAP can provide a job profile for to help you find the right person. If two people wanted to 'job share' and work a day a week then that's also possible.
  • Your CAP Center Manager would need access to a computer, a cell phone, and internet access.
  • Most visits with clients take place in the client's home and so you will need a small team of 5-10 volunteers from your church who are willing to go with the CAP Center Manager on these visits to help support the clients.
  • Set up your church's monthly donation to Christians Against Poverty (see details below).
  • The best way to launch your church's new service is to book a CAP speaker to give a talk at a Sunday service or other launch event. This launch talk will help to promote your CAP Debt & Financial Health Service within the church, recruit a team of volunteers and inspire your congregation about the work of Christians Against Poverty. We will also give out free copies of CAP's book 'Nevertheless' and an opportunity for people to support the work of CAP by making a regular donation.

To find out how your church can partner with CAP then call the CAP Team on 331-215-9067 or email [email protected] to find out more.

Simon Wilce, Exec Director meets Kim Huffman from The Compass Church, Naperville IL to find out why they partnered with CAP:

How much does it cost?

Monthly Donation

Opening a new CAP Debt & Financial Health Service incurs a significant cost to CAP, but we are happy to invest in local churches that want to walk alongside people in financial distress in their communities. We do ask that churches share in this cost and make a monthly contribution towards at least a third of CAP's costs - a minimum of $375 per month. We don't want finances to be a barrier to your church partnering with CAP so keep us in the conversation and we'll see what we can do.

To find out how your church can partner with CAP then call the CAP Team on 331-215-9067 or email [email protected] to find out more.

Watch Christina's story to find out how CAP made a difference:

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