Mission & Vision
The mission of Crisis Assistance Ministry is to provide assistance and advocacy for people in financial crisis, helping them move toward self-sufficiency.
Our vision is to inspire our community to justice and generosity as we provide help, hope, and understanding to people struggling with limited financial resources.
It’s been a while since Edna had the luxury of lingering over a cup of coffee. Over the past four years, she has crashed with friends, lived in her car, and most recently, lived at the Salvation Army Women & Children’s Shelter. That all changed thanks to your support and Edna’s hard work overcoming chronic homelessness.Read More
The Economic Mobility Program helps families move towards financial security and introduces pathways to economic opportunity. Enrolled families are given the opportunity to work one-on-one with a caseworker for an hour per week for up to 90 days.
In a vibrant city like Charlotte, it’s easy to overlook the fact that many are suffering amid affluence. Our Civic Engagement Program increases awareness of the complex issues facing more than 100,000 neighbors in Mecklenburg County living in poverty.
By the Numbers
More than 20,000 households were served in person or through local partnerships.
Average Financial Assistance per Emergency
On average, a family may receive $419 in rent and/or utility assistance.
Children Benefiting from Our Services
Children under 18 made up 42% of those benefiting from Crisis Assistance Ministry services.
Elevation Church, a long-term partner, volunteers to bring breakfast or lunch to waiting families a few times a month. During those visits, they saw our Charlotte neighbors huddled next to outlets on the floor, waiting for their phones to charge. They saw children anxiously tugging on their parents’ arms asking to leave, restlessly tossing about in their seats, running around searching for any distraction. They saw this and decided to do something about it.Read More
For aspiring nurses, an understanding of what life is like for people in underserved communities is a critical part of their education. At UNC Charlotte, students have a chance to experience what their patients may face on a day-to-day basis through Crisis Assistance Ministry’s Poverty Simulation.Read More
It’s a new year and a new decade. That means it’s time for the decennial census which, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, has occurred every ten years since 1790. The census is an important part of our democracy, helping to determine the allocation of community resources.Read More
Everybody Has a Story to Tell
Everybody Has a Story to Tell: You Changed Wendy's
Wendy first visited Crisis Assistance Ministry for help decades ago when her children were small. Today, she is a member of the agency’s Board of Directors. Watch this brief video and listen as she shares how your support changed her family’s future.
A Story of Hope & Thanksgiving: Julia's Story
Just a year ago, Julia was feeling overwhelmed. Her family had already pushed through tragedy to get back into stable housing, but things would never be "normal" again. She visited Crisis Assistance Ministry for a little help, and thanks to a generous donor, found renewed hope for the holidays too. This is her story.
Empowered by Help with Utilities & a Brand New Stove: Patricia's Story
Patricia turned to the community for help through Crisis Assistance Ministry and found hope in the form of restored utilities and a working stove.
Finding a Voice and a Way Forward, with Your Help: Sheila's Story
Sheila finally found her voice. Through personal determination, her caseworker’s coaching, and moral support from other program participants, she traded her low-paying job for one paying several dollars more per hour.
Good News, Thanks to You: William's Story
William had it all – a happy family, a wonderful place to live, and a great job. All of that changed quickly and unexpectedly. With your help, his story on the upswing and he wouldn’t be smiling without your support.
Asking for Help Requires Bravery: Shaniora's Story
“People are really here to help you,” says Shaniora, an aspiring baker who found herself needing help when chronic illness and surgery derailed her plans to support herself while finishing her degree.
When Working Hard Isn't Quite Enough: Schawniekaw's Story
Schawniekaw first came to Crisis Assistance Ministry when her landlord filed for eviction. She and her three children packed all their essentials into their truck. They honestly weren’t sure if they would be able to return to their apartment by the end of the day. With your support, she's turned her life around for the better!