Getting Diaconate Care

If You Need Immediate Financial Assistance
Redeemer's congregation has given generously over the years to enable the Diaconate to provide financial assistance to those in our church community who are in need.

  1. Contact Us: Diaconate Helpline 917-719-0259

  2. Assessment: The leadership team determines whether to accept you as a client based on a list of criteria (e.g. Redeemer affiliation, type of need, asset information).

  3. Getting Care: If the Diaconate is able to assist you, you will be assigned a deacon/ess or a pair of deacons/esses depending on your specific needs. Our goal is to partner with you and see your situation change over time until you no longer need our assistance. This partnership is a two-way street. We expect you to be honest with us and to make full disclosure of your financial situation. You can expect us to strive to understand, encourage and love you in Christ, to provide for your basic needs when appropriate, and to pray for and with you.

Information about Financial Assistance
For clients seeking financial assistance, we will first ask to go over your budget. Requests will be considered based on your basic living needs. Each request for financial assistance goes through a review process sometimes involving several deacons/esses. Clients may be asked to consider letting go of non-essential living expenses before assistance is approved. Financial assistance may continue over time, however, with the intent of reducing and eventually discontinuing our financial assistance when appropriate. The Diaconate occasionally provides long-term financial assistance, but does not provide loans under any circumstances; nor does it compensate for individual business risks. Please understand that financial assistance is not guaranteed, and that the Diaconate is not always able to provide it.