Organization that helps families in need asks for donations to help continue assistance

Organization that helps families in need asks for donations to help continue assistance

CHARLOTTE — Crisis Assistance Ministry is one of Channel 9’s neighbors in need.

The organization’s primary mission is to keep people from being evicted or having their utilities cut off.

Director Carol Hardison said the need is unprecedented since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the community.

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“That was the big shock, in March, that you recall, when all of a sudden on two-hours notice, someone who had lived in a hotel, sometimes for years, most times for many, many months, found themselves being kicked out,” Hardison said. “And so, as the financial emergency room of Charlotte, we were asked and we came together and created a stopgap system. And we were able to stop 1,300 families from being evicted over a five-week period.

It took $700,000 to meet that need, which will grow more on June 1 when “eviction” courts open.

Hardison guarantees 100% of donations now are going toward rent and utility payments for those in need.

To help, text “DIGNITY” TO 91999 or go to their website.