At QC Family Tree, we orient our lives around the Abundance of God in the world. When we share with one another, there is enough for all of us. But we know that in our society, injustice often means that some neighborhoods and households have excess, while others live for years in scarcity and lack.
The novel coronavirus has shown how deep that injustice runs. In our Enderly Park neighborhood, people near us work in higher risk jobs, usually with low compensation. They lack adequate insurance. This disease affects people we love disproportionately, and it requires us to act now, and for the foreseeable future, to “do justice, love kindness, and to walk humbly with God,” as the prophet Micah says.
Stay at Home orders are affecting our neighbors. For some, it means the choice to continue working and be exposed to COVID19. For others, it means a loss of income all together. There is no good choice available, and the need is great. In response, we are establishing a QCFTCares Relief Assistance Fund.
We are asking our supporters who do not need some or all of their stimulus money to work with us to redistribute it to people who need it. Here's how it works:
Families in the QCFT network who are experiencing financial hardships.
One of our neighbors is the mother of a toddler. She works in a distribution center where three people have tested positive for coronavirus, and she no longer feels safe coming into work. By choosing to stay home and keep herself safe, she loses not only her income but her health benefits from her employment.
Another neighbor is a mother of two but provides for many more children in her home. Before COVID19, she was facing eviction. That has been delayed for now, but she is seeking help for feeding her family and securing housing after the grace period is lifted.
QC Family Tree is asking individuals who have extra from their stimulus checks to donate to QCFTCares. We are asking you to dig deep and give sacrificially. Staff at QCFT will allocate funds based on need.
We will accept donations until May 22, 2020. After this date, we will distribute funds to families before June 1 rent is due. These funds will be given freely, without the expectation of repayment.
While we are supporting our local neighbors in Charlotte, North Carolina, we are extending this invitation to anyone who is able to share their resources, from anywhere in the nation.
QC Family Tree started 15 years ago, with a couple of families who looked at the story of the earliest church, recorded in the book of Acts, in the New Testament. There, believers gathered together, pooled their money, and distributed it to others so that there was no one needy among them. We’ve tried to live into that vision ourselves, though not always with success. But we continue to return to it, and we want to call our supporters to engage in that kind of sharing. In this moment of real crisis, there are plenty of resources. We need to work together to distribute them well.
How can I help?
1. Donate to QCFTCares
2. Indicate online or on your check that your donation is to “QCFTCares”
3. Share the word with your friends
4. Check in on your neighbors, and ask for help when you need it.
A Couple of Details
1. QC Family Tree will not keep any administrative funds from QCFTCares donations. Everything that comes in will go directly to families in need.
2. We have already identified a network of families we will be working with. For now, we will not accept any other referrals. If you know of a family in need, we may be able to connect you to other resources or funds that are being established. If we are wildly successful in raising funds, we may re-evaluate this decision.