Love Builds Up

A Family

Mission: Crisis Assistance Ministry provides rent and utility assistance for people in financial crisis, helping them move toward self-sufficiency. Individuals receive counseling and support services to give them the tools they need to reach for economic mobility.

Population Served: Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents facing financial crisis.

History: Crisis Assistance Ministry began in 1975 when a group of local clergy and lay people pooled resources during a severe recession to better respond to overwhelming demands on food pantries and clothing closets. In 1985, they were asked by the United Way and Mecklenburg County to become the community’s central location for distribution of emergency financial assistance.

Approach: Support includes emergency financial assistance for rent and utilities, referrals, extended financial literacy courses and other support programs to identify root causes of crisis, clothing and essential household goods. Additionally, they collaborate with other poverty-fighting agencies and engage community leaders through hands-on educational programs on the real impact of poverty.

How Love Builds Up

Individuals and small groups can volunteer at Crisis Assistance Ministry’s Free Store, provide in-kind donations, purchase and assemble dressers or tables for clients, or participate in their breakfast ministry. 

 If you would like to engage in Myers Park Presbyterian Church’s partnership with Crisis Assistance Ministry, please email