Local pastor proposes charitable 'clearinghouse'

New office would coordinate, distribute aid within community

Pastor Brian Haynes of the First Baptist Church wants to form an office that would function as a clearinghouse for the charitable foundations here in Moffat County.

The office would utilize the model of Love INC., which is a system organized an distributed by World Vision, Inc. World Vision, a worldwide Christian organization, would supply a blueprint for the structure of the new entity, providing guidelines for training and logistics and offering direction and assistance.

This office would be an organizing body for charities and churches, helping to coordinate assistance by processing aid requests.

Right now, a person who needs assistance must make several phone calls and fill out multiple and duplicitous forms to cover one issue. Haynes' proposal would eliminate that duplication.

The new office would allow the person or family to receive the assistance they require in one stop. Filling out forms once will make the applicant eligible for assistance from all participating charitable foundations, with the new office organizing the donations and/or services that are required to handle the situation.

Other charitable organizations responded positively to the idea.

"We've been very supportive of Love, Inc.," said Corrie Scott, director of the Moffat County United Way. "All of us see the need."

At an interagency meeting of non-profit organizations in January, the proposal was well received, but there will be hurdles and issues to deal with. "When you try to implement something this complicated, sure, there are going to be conflicts, but I don't see them being so detrimental that we won't be able to get it up and going," said Scott.

Pastor Haynes made his proposal at the Board of County Commissioners meeting Wednesday. The board expressed support of the concept, but took no official action on the subject.

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