First Presbyterian Church of Fort Collins

First Presbyterian Church of Fort Collins cleared more than $1.2 million in medical debt for more than 1,200 Colorado families in December. Through its Mission and Outreach Center, the church made a $5,000 donation to RIP Medical Debt, a nonprofit that has developed the capacity to retire medical debt at pennies on the dollar.

“Our church is committed to putting our faith into action, spreading God’s compassion and justice in the world,” said Senior Pastor Corey Nelson. “The partnership with RIP provided an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors. One of our priorities is working to eradicate poverty, and this is a meaningful step. The RIP donation is one of many steps the church is taking under its Matthew 25 initiative, designed to address issues of poverty, race and congregational vitality.

Approximately half of the retired debt was held by families in Larimer, Weld and Boulder counties, with the remainder spread across Colorado.

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