F.R.E.E.D.O.M. Affiliate – Providence
With nearly 1,000 weekly attendees from every community in Rhode Island, as well as Northern Connecticut and Southeast Massachusetts, the Cathedral of Life Christian Assembly is considered to be one of the fastest growing churches in the state of Rhode Island. Established in 1999, the mission of the Cathedral has been “empowering others to change their world”. Toward this objective, in June 2001, Practical Truth University (PTU) was developed for the purposes of educating members of the congregation, as well as the surrounding communities, in areas of personal finance, entrepreneurship, marriage and family, as well as leadership.
Since its inception, on a quarterly basis, PTU has conducted financial literacy training designed to increase its participants understanding of financial matters with particular emphasis on affordable mortgage and housing options. The curriculum for PTU was created with the assistance of professional members of the congregation from the education, counseling and finance industry.
With a desire to expand this ministry into the community, and to sort through myriad offers of partnership from the secular community, Cathedral of Life contracted with F.R.E.E.D.O.M. to establish a homeownership education and counseling and financial literacy program which would impact the broader constituency of low and moderate income citizens. Wells Fargo mortgage was selected as the primary lending partner. After prayer, meditation, negotiation and deliberation, “Call Rhode Island H.O.M.E” was initiated. While the initial outreach began with 6 churches, mosques and/or synagogues, one additional such body will be added to the outreach effort on a monthly basis, depending on the flow of participants into the program.
Those persons who have severely damaged credit and who need a full credit rehabilitation and ‘overhaul’ will be referred to CCCS of New England We will also utilize flyers, posters, point of purchase displays for local businesses, non-profit service providers and other local agencies as well as public service announcements via radio and television and through the extensive scheduled broadcast programming of the participants. Religious leaders will also make appeals during their regular worship services and place notices in their respective bulletins.