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Employer-Sponsored Retirement Products

Overview

As a church plan, Pension Fund is able to offer flexible and worry-free retirement options for employers and their employees. Our team of Area Directors will meet with you to discuss your needs and help you get started.

Individual Savings & Retirement Products

Overview

Whether you’re just starting out or closer to retirement, choose from a variety of products to help you reach your retirement and savings goals.

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Ministerial Relief & Assistance

Our relief programs meet the evolving needs of new, active, and retired clergy and their families to ensure all ministers and lay workers can enjoy a strong, smart, secure retirement.

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Make An Impact with a Donation

Your gifts and financial support helps ministry workers in need bridge the unexpected from now until retirement (and beyond).

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Discover planning and educational tools & resources to help you navigate your financial wellness journey.

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Pension Fund has partnered with Pete the Planner® to provide members with access to financial guides who will help answer your tough financial questions & online tools such as calculators and eLearning courses.

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month: Mental Health for All

This article is brought to you by our partners at Learn to Live. Learn to Live is a free wellness and mental health service offered to all Pension Fund members who are active ministers and their household members (spouse and children) over the age of 13. Learn more on our Learn to Live page.

It’s important to recognize that mental health struggles can affect individuals from all walks of life, including those in minority communities. Many minorities have trouble getting mental health care, and there are many reasons why this is true: they may be afraid people will treat them differently; they may not be able to find help in their own language, in their own neighborhood or with someone who shares the same cultural background; some people of color may not be able to pay for care or lack insurance to cover it. For instance, minority groups have a higher percentage of uninsured than their white counterparts. Just 7.5% of white people are uninsured compared to 11.5% of black people, 18% of Hispanic/Latinx people and 14.9% of Native/Indigenous people.

During National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month let’s focus on helping those who have been marginalized and shunned from mainstream spaces get the care they need. There are several ways a person of color can receive mental health support. Here are some options to consider:

  • Therapists and Counselors: Seek out mental health professionals who specialize in providing therapy to people of color. They may have experience and cultural competence in understanding the unique challenges and experiences faced by individuals from diverse backgrounds. Look for therapists who explicitly mention their expertise in working with people of color. Don’t know where to start? Ask your pastor. Many pastors have a list of counselors they have referred to in the past.
  • Community Mental Health Centers: Many communities have mental health centers that offer low-cost or sliding-scale fee services. These centers may have counselors or therapists who can provide support and treatment for a wide range of mental health concerns.
  • Support Groups: Joining support groups specifically tailored to people of color can provide a sense of community and understanding. These groups may focus on issues related to race, ethnicity, cultural identity, or shared experiences. They can be found through local organizations, community centers, or online platforms.
  • Online Resources: There are various online mental health resources specifically designed for people of color. Websites, forums, and social media platforms can connect individuals with supportive communities, educational materials, and online therapy options.
  • Nonprofit Organizations: Some nonprofit organizations focus on providing mental health support to marginalized communities, including people of color. These organizations may offer counseling services, helplines, or referrals to local resources.
  • Culturally-Specific Services: Look for mental health services that cater specifically to your cultural background or heritage. These services can offer culturally sensitive approaches and understanding that can be particularly helpful for individuals of color.
  • Primary Care Providers: Your primary care doctor can be a good starting point for seeking mental health support. They may be able to provide referrals to mental health professionals who have experience working with diverse populations.

Remember, it's important to find a mental health professional or support system that you feel comfortable with and that understands your unique experiences and needs. Don't hesitate to reach out and explore different options until you find the right fit for you.

We can help.

This July let’s make sure people who are suffering get the help they need. Learn to Live offers support that is free of charge all year long for active ministers and their family members 13 years old or older. Start a self-paced digital program for Stress, Anxiety & Worry, Depression, Social Anxiety, Insomnia or Substance use — or connect with an expert, supportive coach.

Get started today by visiting our Learn to Live page. If you’re already a member, simply sign in with your username and password.

Gifts by generous donors to Ministerial Relief and Assistance (MRA) make programs like Learn to Live possible. Learn more about MRA here.

Julio es el Mes Nacional de Concientización sobre la Salud Mental de las Minorías: Salud Mental para Todos

Este artículo es presentado por nuestros socios de Learn to Live. Learn to Live es un servicio gratuito de bienestar y salud mental que se ofrece a todos los miembros de Pension Fund que son pastores activos y los miembros de su hogar (cónyuge e hijos) mayores de 13 años. Obtenga más información en nuestra página de Learn to Live.

Es importante reconocer que los problemas de salud mental pueden afectar a personas de todos los ámbitos de la vida, incluidas las de comunidades minoritarias. Muchas minorías tienen retos para obtener atención de salud mental, y hay muchas razones por las que esto es cierto: pueden tener miedo de que las personas los traten de manera diferente; es posible que no puedan encontrar ayuda en su propio idioma, en su propio vecindario o con alguien que comparta el mismo origen cultural; Es posible que algunas personas de grupos minoritarios no puedan pagar por el servicio o no tengan un seguro que lo cubra. Por ejemplo, las minorías tienen un porcentaje más alto de personas sin seguro que sus contrapartes blancas. Solo el 7.5 % de los blancos no tienen seguro, en comparación con el 11.5 % de los Afroamericanos, el 18 % de los Hispanos/Latinos y el 14.9 % de los Nativos/Gente Indígena.

Durante el Mes Nacional de Concientización sobre la Salud Mental de las Minorías, concentrémonos en ayudar a aquellos que han sido marginados y rechazados de los espacios convencionales a obtener la atención que necesitan.

Hay varias formas en que los grupos minoritarios pueden recibir apoyo de salud mental. Aquí hay algunas opciones a considerar:

  • Terapeutas y consejeros: Busque profesionales de la salud mental que se especialicen en brindar terapia a personas de los grupos minoritarios. Pueden tener experiencia y competencia cultural para comprender los desafíos y experiencias únicos que enfrentan las personas de orígenes diversos. Busque terapeutas que mencionen explícitamente su experiencia en el trabajo con los grupos minoritarios. ¿No sabes por dónde empezar? Pregúntele a su pastor. Muchos pastores tienen una lista de consejeros a los que se han referido en el pasado.
  • Centros Comunitarios de Salud Mental: Muchas comunidades tienen centros de salud mental que ofrecen servicios a bajo costo o con tarifas variables. Estos centros pueden tener consejeros o terapeutas que pueden brindar apoyo y tratamiento con una selección robusta para problemas de salud mental.
  • Grupos de Apoyo: Unirse a grupos de apoyo diseñados específicamente para los grupos de minorías puede brindar un sentido de comunidad y comprensión. Estos grupos pueden centrarse en temas relacionados con la raza, el origen étnico, la identidad cultural o las experiencias compartidas. Se pueden encontrar a través de organizaciones locales, centros comunitarios o plataformas en línea.
  • Recursos en Línea: Hay varios recursos de salud mental en línea diseñados específicamente para los grupos minoritarios. Los sitios web, los foros y las plataformas de redes sociales pueden conectar a las personas con comunidades de apoyo, materiales educativos y opciones de terapia en línea.
  • Organizaciones sin fines de Lucro: Algunas organizaciones sin fines de lucro se enfocan en brindar apoyo de salud mental a comunidades marginadas, incluidas las personas de grupos minoritarios. Estas organizaciones pueden ofrecer servicios de asesoramiento, líneas de ayuda o referencias a recursos locales.
  • Servicios Específicos: Busque servicios de salud mental que se adapten específicamente a su origen o herencia cultural. Estos servicios pueden ofrecer enfoques culturalmente sensibles y comprensión que puede ser particularmente útil para las personas de grupos minoritarios.
  • Proveedores de Atención Primaria: Su médico de atención primaria puede ser un buen punto de partida para buscar apoyo de salud mental. Es posible que puedan proporcionar referencias a profesionales de salud mental que tengan experiencia trabajando con poblaciones diversas.

Recuerde, es importante encontrar un profesional de la salud mental o un sistema de apoyo con el que se sienta cómodo y que comprenda sus experiencias y necesidades únicas. No dude en comunicarse y explorar diferentes opciones hasta que encuentre la adecuada para usted.

Nosotros podemos ayudar.

Este julio asegurémonos de que las personas que sufren obtengan la ayuda que necesitan. Learn to Live ofrece apoyo gratuito durante todo el año para pastores activos y sus familiares mayores de 13 años. Comience un programa digital a su propio ritmo para el estrés, la ansiedad y la preocupación, la depresión, la ansiedad social, el insomnio o el uso de sustancias — o conéctese con un experto que lo apoyará.

Comience hoy visitando nuestra página de Learn to Live. Si ya es miembro, simplemente inicie la sesión con su nombre de usuario y contraseña.

Las donaciones hechas por donantes generosos a la Ayuda y Asistencia Ministerial (MRA) hacen posibles programas como Learn to Live. Obtenga más información sobre la Ayuda y Asistencia Ministerial (MRA) aquí.