Now in its 10th year, the BB&T Lighthouse Project is a company-wide community service effort that engages thousands of associates to address critical community needs. In 2019, BB&T associates completed nearly 1,200 community service projects including more than 84,000 volunteer hours. Over the years, many BB&T teams have served at Crisis Assistance Ministry during their […]
For over twenty years, Sheila worked at the same fast food restaurant, making salads for little more than minimum wage. After all that time, she earned just a dollar an hour more than the day she started. When a cut in her hours brought her to Crisis Assistance Ministry seeking assistance, her path began to change.
As the debate about how to fix Charlotte’s affordable housing shortage rages on, it’s important to remember that skyrocketing rents are not the only factor. “Affordable housing” means a household spends no more than 30% of its income on rent and utilities. It’s that second part – the cost of utilities – that often gets left out of the conversation.
In the age of social media, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the latest self-care trend. From bath bombs to meditation apps, self-care can be both exhausting and expensive. Luckily, the secret to increasing your sense of well-being may be easier than you think.
Octavia prayed she would find a way to cool her home again after a landlord failed to repair the only window unit in her 3-bedroom home.
Despite working five days a week to support herself and her two children, she didn’t have enough cash left after bills to do anything about it on her own. To top it off, the crushing heat made it harder to manage her recent Lupus diagnosis. Then, during one of the hottest weeks of the summer, the community answered her prayers.
A recent discussion and training session brought together college-aged interns with community advocates who have experienced life on the bottom rung of the economic ladder in Charlotte. The wide-ranging conversation allowed participants to put themselves in the shoes of the people they will serve and to think a bit differently about the lives of people in poverty.
Trauma-informed care is increasingly recognized as a preferred approach in medical and behavioral health settings. Crisis Assistance Ministry staffer Rochelle McCrimmon shares its application in the daily work of serving neighbors in financial crisis.
Thanks to donations made by generous supporters like you, Crisis Assistance Ministry not only met the 2019 Challenge set by Atrium Health, but also surpassed our goal. The money raised has already been put into action to prevent homelessness and preserve dignity for neighbors with limited financial resources.