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Crisis Ministries provides food, shelter and hope to Charleston's most vulnerable citizens. This could not be possible without the support of the community. Donate now and be a part of the solution to end homelessness one person at a time, one family at a time.

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Crisis Ministries was established in 1984, but what began as a warm meal and volunteer-staffed shelter has evolved into a comprehensive service agency dedicated to helping families and individuals end their homelessness. Click here to learn about all the services we provide to the hungry and homeless.

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Volunteers help Crisis Ministries provide the basic human needs of food, shelter and hope to our clients. Crisis Ministries would not be able to provide these services without the thousands of volunteers who give of their time and energy and contribute to making our organization a success. Join us in making a difference by clicking here now.

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Support Crisis Ministries

Crisis Ministries depends on donations from the community to provide food, shelter and hope to the men, women and children who live here as they work to get back on their feet and into homes of their own. 

You can support Crisis Ministries with a monetary donation to support our programs that help our guests return to self-sufficiency; by helping us provide our guests with essential personal items; or with food donations so we can continue to serve healthy meals to hungry people. 

You can make a gift online to support Crisis Ministries:

For more information about how your gift can make a difference, or to make a gift toward the construction of our new Men's Shelter and Soup Kitchen, please contact Liza Turcotte, Director of Development, at (843) 723-9477, ext. 126 or lturcotte@charlestonhomeless.org

Donations can be received by check made payable to "Crisis Ministries" and sent to:
PO Box 20038
Charleston, SC 29413

Food and Supplies Make a Big Difference!

Crisis Ministries is building a new Men's Shelter and Soup Kitchen directly adjacent to our current property. During construction, access to our facilities may be limited. Thank you for your patience as we work to build a new home for our neighbors in need. 

We accept donations between 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Soup Kitchen. Due to construction, parking is no longer directly adjacent to our facility. Please click here for directions to parking and the Soup Kitchen.


If you have a large donation or questions about needed items, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Brad Cashman, at 737-8369 or bcashman@charlestonhomeless.org.

Thank you for supporting Crisis Ministries!

Urgently needed items:

  • Backpacks for children and adults(new)
  • Blankets(new) 
  • USDA approved bacon, sausage, ham, chicken, and ground beef
  • Unsalted butter
  • Salad dressing
  • Creamer
  • New sweat pants for men and women sizes S,M,L,XL,2XL

Nonperishable food  

  • Cream of mushroom
  • Grits
  • Penne pasta
  • Oil(olive, sesame, vegetable)
  • Butter
  • Waffles and syrup
  • Biscuits
  • Sesame seeds
  • #10 (large) cans of vegetables  
  • Condiments(hot sauce, ketchup, oil, vinegar, steak sauces) 
  • Spices(salt, pepper, garlic salt, etc...)
  • Tomato sauce
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Fruit juice(orange,apple,grape,etc...)  
  • Fresh lemons/limes


  • New, packaged blankets
  • New, packaged girls and women underwear 
  • New men's and women's slip resistant black shoes and steel toe boots:size 6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13 
  • New single and double baby strollers
  • New baby car seats
  • Ponchos/umbrellas  
  • Men and Women's Deodorant
  • New, packaged women t-shirts
  • Women's bras, larger sizes
  • Diapers size 4 and up
  • New, packaged pillows
  • New, packaged white twin bed sheets 
  • Newly packaged white towels 
  • 2 pocket folders for school supplies
  • Binders for school supplies
  • Flash or thumb drives

Other needed items: 

  • Plastic cutlery packs with napkins
  • white napkins
  • 8 oz plastic/paper cups
  • Foil roasting pans
  • Laundry detergent
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Cleaning supplies

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