The Christian Assembly church in Eagle Rock made headlines last year when it partnered with a nonprofit organization to pay off the medical debts of thousands of poor families in Los Angeles County.
But the story did not end there.
In recent months, Christian Assembly has expanded its charitable endeavor, reaching thousands of more families with millions of more dollars in debt forgiveness.
Here’s how they’ve done it:
The initial debt-relief effort in 2019 was a partnership between Christian Assembly and RIP Medical Debt, a nonprofit that buys portfolios of medical debt from collection agencies for pennies on the dollar – and then wipes out the debtors’ obligations. Christian Assembly donated $50,000 from its congregation’s offering to RIP – enough to buy up and retire $5.3 million in medical debt owed by 5,555 families.