Jesus taught us that by serving “the least among us” we’re really serving Him. We take his commands to love others in a practical way seriously, and the ministry of Vision Plus is one of the ways we show His love to others (Matthew 25). Vision Plus provides temporary financial and educational assistance to community members who find themselves in distressed circumstances. Vision Plus also works in conjunction with Bethalto Area Ministerial Alliance and other community agencies to instill a fresh “vision of hope” to those who need it most. Our ultimate objective is that Vision Plus will honor Jesus while leading people to a loving and caring God.
Who is eligible?
Anyone who is hurting and in need of a helping hand.
Does everyone receive assistance?
Everyone receives prayerful consideration. Sometimes referrals to other organizations are deemed the best solution. At times, when funds are available, direct financial assistance may be given.
If beneficiaries become repeating recipients, financial planning sessions will be required. These private budgeting sessions will equip individuals to set financial priorities and develop personalized goals. Budgeting sessions are always available on an appointment basis.
Are there guidelines?
Each case is evaluated on its own merit. As opposed to government programs, there are no strict guidelines on income levels. Our system is based on honesty and accountability. If an individual is not willing to assist in fulfilling the given need, we can do little to help the situation. The goal of this ministry is to help people become accountable for themselves.
What needs are considered for financial assistance?
We consider needs such as power bills, housing assistance, food, and assistance for certain medical and prescription needs. We do not assist with credit card bills, loan payments, or phone bills.
Do I have to pay this back?
This ministry is a gift to those who receive benefits. There is no mandate to pay it back. If someone wishes to give back to the ministry, they certainly can, but are not required to do so.
How is Vision Plus funded?
Vision Plus is funded solely on donations. If you would like to contribute, you may donate online or by mailing a check to the church office. Checks can be made out to First Baptist Church.
Sundays at 10:15 a.m. | Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.