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PURPOSE

The Encompass Cares Employee Emergency Relief Fund was established to help employees that are active at the time of their hardship and their immediate families with emergency situations beyond their control which has caused a financial hardship (immediate family for the purpose of this program is defined as legal spouse or legal dependent child).  An emergency is defined as an unforeseen circumstance that calls for immediate action and an urgent need for assistance or relief.

 

GUIDELINES

  • Serious illness or injury to yourself or immediate family member which has a significant impact on your financial situation.
  • Loss of primary residence due to a disaster.
  • Prevent the loss of primary residence due to an unforeseen financial circumstance.
  • Death of an employee or immediate family member which causes a financial hardship.Immediate family members are defined as legal spouse or legal dependent child (minor or full-time student up to 23 years of age.)
  • Victim of a crime (defined as a person to which a crime has been committed against) causing a financial hardship related to a necessity.This would include severe bodily injury, domestic violence, etc.

 

CRITERIA

  • Incomplete requests will not be processed.Supporting documentation and signatures are required and must be submitted with the application (examples of documentation include:  eviction/foreclosure notifications, past due utilities, police/fire report, invoice of funeral expenses, doctor’s note and other related documentation).  Documentation must be on letterhead or statement of owned party.
  • Employees must have minimum of 90 days of service.
  • Employee must participate in the annual Encompass Cares Day of Giving campaign.
  • Only one request for assistance per family, per year, (rolling 12 months) will be granted in a 365-day period.
  • Employees cannot apply for the same financial hardship more than once.

 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

  • Requests are reviewed by the Grant Committee in the month received.
  • Employees will receive notification by email within two weeks.
  • The maximum amount of assistance the fund provides is $7,500.00 per occurrence.

 

COMPLETING THE APPLICATION

  • Complete entire application and provide as much detail regarding your circumstance as possible.

 

FUND GUIDELINES

 

The following guidelines are provided for your reference with determining an Encompass Cares Employee Emergency Relief Fund grant, and reflect the ranges of previous grants awarded.

Type of Event Circumstances/Requirements Recommended Grant Amount
Fire or Natural Disaster
  • Insured for home and contents. Deductible required (i.e. $1000)
  • Immediate living expenses (i.e. temporary housing, food and clothing – $2000 to assist with approximately two months of living expenses)
Up to $2,500 based on immediate needs
Fire or Natural Disaster
  • Insurance not sufficient for replacement
  • Partial home damage and content loss
  • Immediate living expenses
Up to $5,000 based on estimated losses and immediate needs
Fire or Natural Disaster
  • No insurance
  • Complete loss of home and contents
  • Immediate living expenses
Up to $7,500 based on estimated losses and immediate needs
Death of Immediate Family Member
  • Insurance not sufficient for funeral expenses
  • Travel and other related expenses
Up to $7,500
Family Assistance
  • Unique medical need
  • Basic living needs with impact to dependents
  • Travel expenses
Up to $7,500

*Grant amount should not exceed 75% of total loss.