RCA pastors, their spouses, and long-time missionaries give to the church in countless ways. Yet in retirement, some find themselves in extenuating financial circumstances. The Assistance Fund awards grants to retirees or their surviving spouses to help meet critical needs.
BOBS is responsible for awarding grants. Grants may be provided for housing and utilities, ongoing medical insurance premiums, or other documented financial needs. Retirees or surviving spouses requesting a grant must complete a self-reporting application, which is reviewed by a staff team. Recipients must file an annual reapplication to continue receiving assistance.
In 2014, General Secretary Ed Mulder and wife Luella gave a generous donation to endow the BOBS assistance fund. Every year, proceeds from that endowment contribute to the funding of the assistance fund. If you'd like to donate to the Ed and Luella Mulder Assistance Fund Endowment, click here.
If you know someone who could use a grant from the assistance fund or would like to apply, contact the Board of Benefits Services at 866-221-5480 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mental health support
The Board of Benefits Services has contracted with Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services to provide free confidential Christian counseling services. Through the Employee Assistance Program, eligible RCA pastors, retirees, denominational staff, missionaries, and their households can receive up to three counseling sessions per issue.
While Pine Rest has clinics only in Iowa and West Michigan, BOBS works with a network of providers who can provide face-to-face counseling across the U.S. and Canada.
On the Fidelity NetBenefits website, you can manage your account, view your investment portfolio, set up a consultation with a retirement planner, and access a resource library.
Having trouble with NetBenefits? Call 1-800-343-0860