fiscal year ending June 30, 2019
More than 50,000 individuals were served in person or through local partnerships.
On average, a family may receive $392 in rent and/or utility assistance.
Children under 18 made up 42% of those benefiting from Crisis Assistance Ministry services.
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
Last year, Julia shared her story of Thanksgiving after a visit to Crisis Assistance Ministry. Yet, hidden in that one brief moment were so many more moments of loss, resilience, and hope. This fall, Julia shared her journey with Crisis Assistance Ministry volunteers gathered for their annual recognition dinner. Here, in her own words, is her story.Read More
“You gave me hope when I had none. And when you’re struggling like I am, hope means everything.” That’s how William describes his visit to Crisis Assistance Ministry while trying to get through the devastating impacts of renal disease, job loss, and a neglectful landlord.Read More
Darneal is a hard-working musician helping to support his girlfriend and her school-age children. When summer brought a drop in income for her teaching assistance job, he swallowed his pride and sought help to avoid eviction and restore disconnected utilities for their family.Read More
As a native Charlottean, Kara had been aware of Crisis Assistance Ministry for some time but never imagined she would need to seek out the agency’s services. But a job loss and other strains on her finances meant that several years ago, she needed a temporary hand up.Read More
Mecklenburg County residents received more than 1,000,000 items free-of-charge.
More than one million items were distributed to customers at a value of $3.3 million.
Mecklenburg County residents received an average of 198 mattresses per month.
For over 40 years, Crisis Assistance Ministry has been here to meet families’ most basic needs addressing challenges brought by the community’s explosive growth and economic transition.
By keeping families in their homes with utilities flowing, we prevent homelessness for those who are housing insecure.
By providing clothing, shoes, household items, furniture, beds, and appliances free-of-charge, customers can divert limited financial resources towards essential bills.
By empowering customers to set personal goals and address the factors that contributed to their financial crisis, through regular meetings with a caseworker, families get on a path to economic mobility.
By educating the community about the realities of poverty and lack of economic mobility, we put a face on the problem, serving as a voice for those served.
Families receiving financial assistance earned an average gross monthly income of $1,435 compared to $4,850, the average for Mecklenburg County.
On average, customers seeking assistance had 71% of their income obligated to pay rent and utilities.
Your generosity enabled families in need to receive $2,438,379 in emergency housing assistance.
28% of the work of Crisis Assistance Ministry is performed by volunteers.
95% of customers receiving financial assistance remained stably housed 60 days later.
For every dollar donated, 92 cents goes directly to support programs.