RIP MEDICAL DEBT
We have a special Christmas giving tradition at St Peter in which we share our abundance in a project aimed at those in need outside our immediate community.
For Christmas 2019, we sent donations to a clean drinking water project in Kenya.
For Christmas 2020, our donations went to our sister parishes in Guatemala and Pahokee.
This year we are enacting our Advent message series theme of “Attitude of Gratitude” by collecting donations for RIP Medical Debt, a company that helps to abolish crippling medical debt.
Did you know:
Florida has some of the highest healthcare costs in the country and one of the highest uninsured rates.
Over one hundred million Americans, one in three, struggles with the weight of medical debt.
More than 60% of bankruptcies and 25% of all credit card debt in the America has medical debt as a root cause.
On average $1 in donations is leveraged to abolish $1000 in medical debt.
Many of the current campaigns are being run by churches and faith based organizations
Since 2014, when the company was founded, over 5 billion dollars in medical debt have been eradicated providing financial relief for over 3 million individuals and families.
RIP limits its debt purchases to people who earn less than twice the poverty level, or have out of pocket medical expenses that total more than 5 percent of their income or face bankruptcy.
Everyone we assist with medical debt through RIP will receive a letter notifying them that their debt has been relieved by St Peter in Jupiter.
Our parish will also receive a debt fulfillment report which summarizes where debt was abolished and for how many individuals.
Our goal is to raise $15,000 which will erase 1.5 million dollars in medical debt.