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Family Crisis Connection

Help for Methodist Employees in Urgent Financial Need

Family Crisis Connection

We all need help sometimes. Family Crisis Connection is here to assist you and your Methodist co-workers in times of urgent financial need. Once every three years, qualifying employees are eligible for up to $1,000 in assistance.            

Donate to the Crisis Response Fund.

FCC can relieve financial stresses by paying:

  • Rents and mortgages
  • Utility and cellphone bills
  • Auto repairs
  • Daycare costs
  • Other unexpected expenses

FCC is funded by Methodist employees for Methodist employees. Methodist Hospital Foundation runs the program.

How do I get help through Family Crisis Connection?

Contact an FCC representative to start the process. Representatives are designated for each affiliate, but you can contact any of the representatives listed below:

Julie Raether
Julianne.Raether@methodistcollege.edu

Affiliate: Nebraska Methodist College

MHF NP Dodge Bldg.
402-354-7256

Amy Monzingo
Amy.Monzingo@bestcareeap.org

Affiliate: Nebraska Methodist Health System

Best Care EAP
9239 West Center Rd.
402-354-8000

Abigail Kutler
Abigail.Kutler@nmhs.org

Affiliate: Methodist Physician’s Clinic Women’s Center

Medical Office Bldg.
192nd & West Dodge Rd.
402-815-1813

Chaplain Melissa Strong
Melissa.Strong@nmhs.org

Affiliate: Methodist Hospital

Spiritual Care Office
402-354-4016

Chaplain Mike McMahon
Mike.McMahon@nmhs.org

Affiliate: Methodist Hospital

Spiritual Care Office
402-354-4016
 

Chaplain Daniel Johnston
Daniel.Johnston@nmhs.org

Affiliate: Methodist Women’s Hospital

192nd & West Dodge Rd.
402-815-1132

Chaplain Mike Thomas
Michael.thomas@nmhs.org

Affiliate: Methodist Hospital

Spiritual Care Office
402-354-4016

Chaplain Tom Williamson
Thomas.williamson@nmhs.org

Affiliate: Methodist Hospital

Spiritual Care Office
402-354-4016
 

Chaplain Jerilyn “J” Buresh
Jerilyn.buresh@nmhs.org

Affiliate: Methodist Hospital

Spiritual Care Office
402-354-4016

Chaplain Sandy Powers
Sandy.Powers@nmhs.org  

Affiliate: Methodist Hospital

Spiritual Care Office
402-354-4016

Chaplain Crystall Williams
Crystall.Williams-Bonner@nmhs.org

Affiliate: Methodist Hospital Campus

Spiritual Care Office
402-354-4016

Valerie Brooks
Valerie.Brooks@nmhs.org

Affiliate: Physicians Clinics - NE

Medical Office Bldg.
192nd & West Dodge Rd.
402-815-1735

Kelli Petersen
Kelli.Petersen@nmhs.org

Affiliate: Nebraska Methodist Health System

Human Resources
825 S. 169th St.
402-354-2210

Donna Wellwood
Donna.Wellwood@nmhs.org

Affiliate: Shared Service Systems

1725 S. 20th St.
402-536-5306

Frequently Asked Questions

Who decides if an employee receives Family Crisis Connection assistance?
Employees will discuss their needs with an FCC representative. If a request for assistance is approved, the FCC representative will work with Methodist Hospital Foundation on the employee’s behalf.

Are all employees eligible for assistance through Family Crisis Connection?
Employees who have worked for Methodist Health System for at least six months are eligible for assistance. Employees working for Methodist Health System less than six months will be directed to Best Care EAP for professional guidance.

What kind of assistance is available?
Family Crisis Connection provides assistance up to $1,000. Employees will not receive cash. Bills or invoices are submitted to the FCC Representative who forwards them to Methodist Hospital Foundation. The Foundation makes payment on the employee’s behalf.

Can an employee be helped more than one time?
Employees are eligible to seek FCC assistance once every three years. Employees can contact Best Care EAP for professional guidance at any time.

Can employees offer contributions to benefit Family Crisis Connection?
Yes! Gifts from employees make Family Crisis Connection possible. Methodist Hospital Foundation is proud to accept your FCC contributions at any time. During Caring Campaign, our annual employee giving campaign, you can support FCC through ongoing payroll deductions, a one-time payroll deduction or cash. Paid-time-off (PTO) hours can also be converted into a donation. See below for the PTO conversion information. One hundred percent of your gift will benefit Family Crisis Connection.

How does a gift of paid-time-off (PTO) work?
Donating PTO has proven to be a very popular way for employees to make a gift. PTO hours are converted to cash and taxes are subtracted – at approximately 35 percent by IRS rule. The balance benefits Family Crisis Connection. Please note: PTO hours are NOT transferable directly between employees.

What is a Family Crisis Connection Special Funded Effort?
A Family Crisis Connection Special Funded Effort (SFE) is an opportunity for employees in a certain department/affiliate to rally around a specific co-worker-in-need. To begin the process, the employee-in-need will visit with an FCC representative. If the FCC representative believes an SFE would be helpful, he or she will coordinate with the employee’s supervisor and begin the gift collection process. Individual gift amounts and the names of donors are kept confidential. Again, no cash will be disbursed. Methodist Hospital Foundation will pay bills on the employee’s behalf. The employee-in-need is encouraged to use all of the dollars generated on their behalf within one year of initiating the SFE.