Frequently asked questions
What is the Christian Science Nursing Care Endowment?
In the spirit of brother helping brother, this nonprofit fund provides financial assistance to Christian Scientists in Southern California who need Christian Science nursing care but cannot afford it. It provides for nursing assistance in a facility or at home.
Why is a Christian Science Nursing Care Endowment needed?
It is a privilege of Christian Scientists to rely radically on spiritual healing. Those wishing to avail themselves of Christian Science healing should not be deprived for financial reasons alone. It is appropriate for the Christian Science community to come together to ensure that access to Christian Science nursing care not be restricted by private insurance limits, medically oriented government programs or rising care costs.
What are the objectives of the fund?
- To promote immediacy in healing by financially supporting access to a spiritual environment conducive to healing.
To support Article VIII, Section 31 of The Manual of The Mother Church by Mary Baker Eddy, “Christian Science Nurse”.
To care for our own – Christian Scientists helping Christian Scientists.
To assist in demonstrating for all mankind the efficacy of Christian Science healing.
Who qualifies for assistance?
Southern Californians desiring Christian Science nursing care who have established financial need through an application process may qualify (Southern California is defined by the zip code range of 90000 to 93599). They must be receiving care from a qualified Christian Science nurse at home or in a facility, and must be working with a Journal-listed Christian Science practitioner. The fund benefits individuals by distributing aid directly to the care provider.
How is eligibility determined?
How will the endowment fund be enlarged?
It will grow with contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations, nonprofit organizations, churches, and Christian Science student associations. The Endowment is recognized by the State of California and the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. The fund is approaching $3,000,000 toward the initial target of $10,000,000, the amount needed to generate enough income to meet the current estimated need.
How does this coordinate with the fundraising efforts of the nursing facilities and other similar organizations?
Currently facilities must raise funds for patients unable to meet all care costs. As the Endowment provides more support, that need should decline. However, many facilities may still wish to raise money for other purposes.
How does the Endowment differ from Clearway, The Principle Foundation, and The National Fund for Christian Science Nursing?
How can I get more information and an application form?
You can download an application from this website or ask for an application form your branch church care committee, practitioner, facility, or nurse.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or write to:
Christian Science Nursing Care Endowment
P.O. Box 5621
Pasadena, CA 91117