Monday, September 24, 2012

Not just a good church, but a good neighbor

Most people picture retirement as a relaxing time, but for Darlene it turned out to be a time of financial insecurity.

“The checks don’t go up like the cost of living,” she says.

She and her husband tried to supplement their income, but they still found themselves struggling. Darlene (who didn’t want to share her last name), also helps support her granddaughter-in-law and three great-granddaughters, two of whom have special needs. She knew she needed help.
For two years, she and others have found it at Central Assembly of God’s Community Engagement Day, which is the second Saturday of every month.

“They don’t treat you like you’re a nobody,” she says. “Some churches make you go a service to get help, and they just treat you like a number.” At Central, though, she says that’s never the case. “To me it’s just a great place where you can be treated like a human being should be treated.”


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