This post is brought to you in partnership with Crisis Assistance Ministry. All opinions are our own.
This week marks the start of the 2018 holiday season of hope and warmth, and families all over Mecklenburg County will sit down to a warm meal and recite the things for which they are thankful. Unfortunately, for those who have experienced tragedy, the holidays are not always so joyful.
Many families in our community are also facing hardship that affects their ability to celebrate the season. When this happens, it is crucial that we step in and help them solve these difficulties. With your help, Crisis Assistance Ministry does that for many folks in Charlotte and surrounding areas, including Julia.
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In 2016, Julia’s son committed suicide and her husband was critically injured, leaving him unable to work. With the lost income and mounting medical bills, life seemed to be spiraling out of control. Before long, Julia and her husband found themselves homeless.
Thankfully, the story does not end there. After managing to pool together enough money to find a place to live, Julia came to Crisis Assistance Ministry to ask for help. Her sympathetic, attentive caseworker listened to her story and the agency made a payment directly to the power company to help keep the lights on in her family’s new home. That was in November 2017.
Julia then received more good news. Long-time Crisis Assistance Ministry donors Sallie and Derick Close were providing her family with a robust Thanksgiving dinner.
“I didn’t even know how much that would mean to me until it happened,” said Julia.
“My grief would not allow me to celebrate,” said Julia of this first holiday celebration since the passing of her son. But due to the work of Crisis Assistance Ministry, “not only were we able to celebrate with the lights on; I was able to celebrate with my family again.”
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The work of Crisis Assistance Ministry
Crisis Assistance Ministry is a local nonprofit that helps Mecklenburg residents by serving as a one-stop shop for families and individuals facing financial hardship to help move them toward self-sufficiency. Due to generous donations and partnerships, families in the community have access to emergency rent and utility assistance, clothing and household items, beds and furniture free of charge as well as help planning for the future. All these services are supported by more than 40,000 hours of service by volunteers annually and donations of over 1 million items of clothing and furniture.
The need for the crucial services provided by Crisis Assistance Ministry is evident in a community where a minimum wage worker would need to work 103 hours per week to afford a two bedroom apartment. The agency sees around 200 families per day who are working hard to stay in their homes with running water and power. Crisis Assistance Ministry helps prevent homelessness and preserve dignity for customers.
On Giving Tuesday, November 27, the goal of Crisis Assistance Ministry is to provide much-needed help to 25 families. You can make a difference by helping reach that goal at crisisassistance.org/givingtuesday. 91% of money raised by Crisis Assistance Ministry goes directly to fund its programs.
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