(Jan. 5, 2007) — The Association of Brethren Caregivers (ABC) Board approved budgets for the agency during a conference call on Dec. 12, 2006. The board approved budgets of $570,360 for 2007 and $617,320 for 2008.
Board members expressed concern that overall giving has decreased each year since 2004, although ABC’s programs are in demand and well received. Executive director Kathy Reid noted that the agency’s expenses have been kept to a minimum with the only increases occurring in medical insurance and rent.
Eddie Edmonds, chair-elect of the board, said that donations for 2006 may be lower by as much as $60,000 from donations received in 2004. This continues to be an issue because less than one-third of all Brethren congregations include ABC in their annual budgets. As an independent ministry, ABC does not receive funds from any other denominational agencies and relies on congregational and individual donations for its programs.