The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Newton Chapter recently donated funds to the St. Matthews Representative Payee Program.  

The mission of the Payee Program is one way of fulfilling the larger mission of St. Matthew's which is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.

The Payee Program at St. Matthew's was started in 1997. It has grown from a small beginning to serving more than 100 beneficiaries of Social Security and/or Supplemental Security Security benefits.

Federal law requires some people who receive these benefits, due to a mental or physical disability, to have an agent manage their finances. If the beneficiary does not have a capable friend or family member, the St. Matthews Payee Program provides trained volunteers to handle weekly contacts, pay their bills on time and make certain they have money for food and miscellaneous for the remainder of the week. 

In addition to support from the church, volunteers from both Midland National Bank and First Bank of Newton assist with the program.

There is no cost to the beneficiary.

For more information about the payee program, call 283-3310.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since our founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.