By Kathy Chouteau
Help is on the way for local community members needing an assist with their water and PG&E bills during the pandemic.
Maranatha Covenant Church at 3829 Macdonald Ave. in Richmond is offering partial help on the aforementioned utility bills for those who are struggling to make ends meet. Interested community members can stop by the church’s parking lot every Monday and Thursday from 4-7 p.m. to apply for assistance.
According to Pastor Walter Gomez, the church saw the need and then raised funding within the congregation to help offset the financial impact of others’ bills. Assistance-seekers need not be part of the church’s congregation. “As long as there is a need and they are part of the community, we are there to help,” he said.
Pastor Gomez, who said the church’s goal is to help 100 families, estimates that they will have enough funding to partially offset people’s water and PG&E costs for two to three weeks.
To receive assistance, community members should stop by the church’s parking lot on the designated days and have their most recent related bills ready.
For more info, call the church at (510) 230-4413. Learn more about Maranatha Covenant Church, an evangelical covenant church, here.