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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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Need Assistance?

If you are in need of food, shelter or other assistance, please email us at help@charlestonhomeless.org or call (843) 737-8357.  Please leave a message, including your name and phone number, and a housing counselor will return your call.   Please leave a valid phone number and make sure your phone can receive incoming calls.  

Food

  • Lunch is served Monday - Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
  • Anyone in need can arrive and be served a hot, nutritious meal.
  • The Soup Kitchen provides an average of 175 lunchtime meals per day to anyone in the community who is in need. Combined with meals for those living in the Men’s Shelter and Family Center, more than 200,000 meals per year are prepared and served with a food budget of $0.
  • Over 4,000 volunteers help prepare and serve meals in the Crisis Ministries’ kitchen each year.
  • Food and supply drives conducted in the community provide canned goods, cooking and cleaning supplies to operate the kitchen.
  • The refrigerated Food Rescue Truck travels to restaurants, grocery stores and businesses to rescue prepared and perishable food to be served in the Soup Kitchen. Each year, more than $500,000 worth of food is rescued and served.

Shelter

  • On average, Crisis Ministries houses 1,600 people per year. 
  • The Men’s Shelter provides 70 emergency shelter beds, 14 transitional housing beds for male Veterans and 20 overflow cots during extreme weather conditions.
  • The Family Center provides 30 emergency shelter beds for women and families and 10 transitional housing beds for female Veterans. 
  • The Transitional Living Center is a four-bedroom, four-bathroom house that provides transitional housing for up to 12 individuals and/or families.
  • The Palmetto House in Summerville provides housing for up to 20 women and families.

Hope

  • Typically, more than 80% of those sheltered become engaged in programs that help them become self-sufficient. Of those enrolled in programs, approximately 50% successfully move into housing each year.
  • Services provided on-site at Crisis Ministries include:
    • Primary Health Care is provided by a staff RN and volunteer physicians
    • Homeless Employment and Learning (HELP) includes adult education, GED classes and testing
    • Legal Services through the Homeless Justice Project are provided by a staff attorney, volunteer attorneys and students from the Charleston School of Law
    • Veteran Services are provided to ensure that those who once defended our streets do not have to sleep on them
    • Case Management
    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counseling

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