“We probably make money with the system. The cost of registrations through ABC is more than offset by the time saved in terms of human capital, as well as the paper saved, postage saved and value of the image we put forth to our clients.” Kep, The Diocese of New Jersey
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BLESSED KATERI TEKAKWITHA CATHOLIC PARISH
Eliminating all-nighters with ABC Signup
Blessed Kateri is a vibrant parish north of Los Angeles that signs up thousands of children annually for religious education classes. Classes are in such high demand that, in years past, parents camped on the church’s sidewalks the night before signups opened. The process was also a strain on registrars; it required paid staff plus 14 volunteers. “It would take us over three months to input all of the registration information into our software data system,” said Bobby Vidal, the parish’s director of evangelization and lay formation.
A dramatic change
In 2007, Blessed Kateri turned to ABC Signup for help. The turnaround was dramatic. Parents no longer had to sleep on sidewalks in order to guarantee spots for their children. Families could register from home – or anywhere – the moment registration opened. In minutes, hundreds of children were signed up for the highest-demand classes. Everyone had an equal opportunity to sign up, or to be on an automatic wait list if necessary.
ABC Signup eliminated headaches for registrars, too. The parish no longer requires any volunteers to help handle signups, because families enter all information themselves. Parish staff can view and print automatic reports that used to take hours to prepare. Paid personnel have more time to perform other essential tasks, including preparing for classes.