If you’re wondering how to find churches that help pay bills, you’re in luck. Low Income Relief has gathered information on the best ways to locate churches that help pay bills near you.
When you’re trying to find churches that help pay bills, one of the most important things to remember is that most religious organizations will help you regardless of your faith. Whether you belong to the Christian or Catholic faith, Judaism, Islam, or no religion at all, these resources are for you.
Christian Churches That Help Pay Bills
Below are a few Christian and Catholic organizations that offer help paying bills.
Catholic Charities is a nationwide organization affiliated with the Catholic church, which helps people in need.
Visit the Catholic Charities website to find a Catholic Charities agency near you.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is another Catholic organization that operates throughout the United States. Groups of parishioners called “conferences” have organized across the U.S. to provide relief to people experiencing poverty, hunger, and homelessness. And yes, they may be able to help you pay your bills.
Contact the Conference of “Vincentians” near you using this locator tool on their website.
Lutheran Services in America
Lutheran Services in America helps to operate over 300 social services organizations in the United States. Many of those organizations are churches that help pay bills.
To find a member organization that might be able to help pay your bills, use this search tool on their website. You can select your state from the dropdown menu and leave the other search fields blank to find all of the Lutheran Services organizations in your state.
The Salvation Army’s mission statement states that it is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church, and that its mission is to is to “preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”
The Salvation Army carries out their mission by providing disaster relief, food assistance through soup kitchens and food pantries, job trainings, and yes, help paying bills.
The Salvation Army operates across the United States and each Salvation Army center offers different services. To reach out to the Salvation Army near you, use this search tool on their website by entering your zip code.
A word to the wise: The Salvation Army is notorious for requiring a lot of paperwork and information in order to access financial assistance. The Salvation Army can be a good resource if you are in need of assistance, but it might be to your benefit to try other organizations first.
Jewish Organizations That Help Pay Bills
The Jewish Federation of North America supports organizations across the U.S. and Canada. While most of these organizations specifically help Jewish individuals and families, some help non-Jewish folks as well.
To locate and contact a Jewish Federation organization near you, use this locator tool on their website.
Islamic Organizations That Help Pay Bills
Islamic Circle of North America
The Islamic Circle of North America serves communities across the United States. ICNA helps respond to natural disasters, and offers other assistance to those experiencing poverty.
To find out what services are offered near you, check out the “Where We Work” tab on ICNA’s website and select your state.
Other Organizations That Help Pay Bills
211 (United Way)
One important resource you might find helpful is United Way. United Way is not itself a faith-based organization. However, they have a national network of non-profit organizations that work in local communities—sometimes with churches that help pay bills.
Contacting United Way is easy. All you have to do is call 211, or visit their website. United Way can connect you with a wide variety of resources, including rental and mortgage assistance, help with utility bills, low-cost healthcare, and discounted prescription drugs.
Mutual aid organizations operate independently and do not have a central office or funding structure. Rather, they are groups of local community members who come together and help one another with anything that is needed. Many mutual aid groups work in collaboration with churches that help pay bills, host food pantries, or provide other services to the community.
The best part is you usually don’t have to provide “proof” that you are truly in need. These organizations typically trust that you’re telling the truth, and believe that everyone should receive help when they need it and provide help when they can. For example, maybe you would help an elderly community member carry groceries home from the store, while someone else in the community would help you pay your bills. It’s a win-win!
If you’re looking for churches that help pay bills and other faith-based organizations that provide assistance, we hope these resources help.