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Church helping pay off Hoosiers' medical debt

Northview Church raised $20,000 during recent congregations. The money will be used to cover $2 million worth of medical debt by partnering with a charity.

Posted: Jun 17, 2019 6:16 PM
Updated: Jun 17, 2019 6:22 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Northview Church is giving back to Hoosiers in a big way. They are helping nearly 2,500 people pay off their medical debts.

The church raised $20,000 during recent congregations. Northview has 11 locations in central Indiana, including a location on Lindberg Road in West Lafayette.

Pastor Steve Poe created a "Dollar Club" asking members to donate one dollar towards a cause.

"The idea is that, "what can you buy with a dollar?" Not much. Not even a Coke anymore. But when combined all together we can make a significant difference in the lives of a family,” said Poe.

The church wanted to find a way to relieve stress some may face.

"We realized that medical debt is kind of a national crisis and there's a lot of people that dealing with that that don't have help and don't see a way out,” said Campus Pastor Dave Fladung.

Northview partnered with the charity group "RIP Medical Debt. The charity takes donations to purchase medical debt for pennies on the dollar.

Fladung said the $20,000 donation covers $2 million worth of medical debt.

"We're always trying to be creative in how we love on people in our community. So we came across RIP as an option for somebody that could bless people in a way that we haven't before and something that we see as a real need,” said Fladung.

Families facing financial hardships were randomly selected in the zip codes where there is a Northview Church location, including Greater Lafayette.

"We don't know who they are. They might go to our church, they might not. But that has nothing to do with the selection process. We don't actually even know who they are,” said Fladung.

Poe says the donations have gone a long way in reducing medical debts.

"They bought up 21 percent of all the debt in those seven zip codes,” Poe.

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