Re: Fast Offering funds
- From: John S.Colton <colton.idislikespam.john@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2006 23:19:43 -0000
On Sat, 17 Jun 2006 01:32:13 -0000, David / Amicus wrote:
May non LDS get help / assistance from the bishop for food or help with
rent, utilities etc?
Yes, in general. Bishops/branch presidents typically have enormous
lattitude on how they disperse those types of funds.
In some areas there may be a few extra hoops to jump through, though.
IIRC, in Berkeley, due to problems with fraud (people trying to work
the church welfare system), requests from individuals that were not
known to the bishop had to be funnelled through a specially-called
"transient bishop". The transient bishop was not currently a bishop of
a ward, but had been in the past. There was one transient bishop in
the stake, I believe (Oakland stake). I guess he had some additional
contacts/experience/resources/etc to be able to sort out the real
cases from the fraudulent cases.
So if it was a non-member that the bishop knew, he could handle it,
but if it was someone he didn't know, he would refer them to the
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"A soft answer turneth away wrath:
but grievous words stir up anger." --Prov. 15:1