Our mission at Samaritan Ministries is to share as many needs and help as many people as possible. Sometimes, members have more needs than what can be met by the community’s resources. When this happens, we use a process we call prorating to help the greatest number of people possible.
In other words…
It’s kind of like sharing juice with friends. Maybe there’s enough for four friends to have full cups. However, if a fifth friend arrives, everyone might need to take a little less so everyone can partake.
Prorating is a way for us to help the greatest number of members when there are a limited number of shares. We only ever prorate needs when there aren’t enough shares available. If prorating has to happen three months in a row, the membership votes on a share increase to prevent future prorating.
For full details on prorating, see Section VI.D of the Guidelines