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RCEMA Providing Service For Elderly "Shut-Ins"


The Richland County Evangelical Ministerial Association has recognized that the virus that has shut down the globe has created specific difficulties for our elderly “shut-in” population. The book of James tells us that pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. (James 1:27) Therefore, we have partnered with the Richland County Commission on Aging in an effort to confront these difficulties.

We have worked together to establish a service designed to meet the needs of these persons who cannot get out of their homes to get essential grocery items, pharmaceuticals, mail, etc.

To qualify for this service; you can call the Richland County Commission on Aging at 433-3701. They will confirm that you have a verified need and coordinate with the Care Team(s). Approved services will be provided the following business day.

We are asking the people taking advantage of this service to ensure that where possible they have formulated a clear shopping list, and have paid for the items by phone. If they are not able to make a phone purchase, then a check made out to the payee, to be filled in by the volunteer is acceptable. The items purchased will be accompanied by a receipt at all times. If a participant must pay with cash (which we are trying to avoid for a number of reasons) then two receipts will be printed, one for the client, and one for our records to ensure that nothing untoward has occurred.

The participating congregations are: The Church of the Nazarene; Faith Alliance; People’s Congregational; Pella Lutheran; Fellowship Baptist and Shepherd of the Valley.

Each church will provide these services through a two-person team of volunteers on a rotating basis.

Show me your faith without deeds, and I (we) will show you my faith by my deeds. James 2:18.


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