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Economic Mobility Program

Crisis Assistance Ministry’s Economic Mobility Program helps families move toward financial security and introduces pathways to economic opportunity. Outcomes are improved for families at risk of homelessness by addressing underlying social determinants of quality of life.

Enrolled families work one-on-one with a specially trained caseworker for an average of three months to identify barriers to financial security and to set goals for the ­future. Housing stability is guaranteed through a rent and/or utility subsidy while ­customers work towards their goals.

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How to Enroll

Individuals who are interested in the Economic Mobility Program should first meet with a caseworker in the Basic Needs Program.

Economic Mobility Stories

There is No “Them” or “Us”

By Tovi Martin | August 31, 2022

When I wake up in the morning, I am not worried about whether I am going to struggle to pay my rent this month. I am not worried about whether my lights are going to get turned off or if I won’t have water in the next couple of days. When I wake up in the morning, my first worry is if I am late for work or class, and that is a privilege I didn’t even know I had until I began working at Crisis Assistance Ministry this summer.

On Juneteenth, Equity, Equality, and Freedom

By Tovi Martin | June 20, 2022

Juneteenth marks a celebration of freedom—at least in the legal sense of the word.  But it also evokes several bitter truths surrounding emancipation and its legacy. We see the ripples of that legacy here every day as we work to help our neighbors whose struggles are made more difficult by the social and systemic legacies of chattel slavery in the United States.
As we reflect on a historic moment in time, we can’t overlook the centuries of disenfranchisement that have followed legal emancipation and consider whether true freedom, equity, and equality have yet to arrive for many of our fellow citizens.

Sometimes You Need A Friend

By Website-Administrator | April 29, 2022

You could be that friend to offer hope and help during a trying time. With your help, people like Mary find that support through Economic Mobility specialists like Crisis Assistance Ministry staffer Randee. Caring community members like you have the unique opportunity to offer help during the initial financial crisis and to extend hope through vital life-changing resources like the Economic Mobility program. All with a gift before our Challenge comes to a close at midnight on April 30.

You and Lucy Are Lifelines

By Website-Administrator | April 13, 2022

Meet Lucy the loyal 16-year-old black lab. Pet lovers know the importance of a furry best friend. Lucy has provided Tammy with a lot of love and support over the years. Tammy and Lucy moved to Charlotte to support her sister with her first pregnancy. She got a job as an assistant manager but soon […]

A Phone Call Changed Her Life

By Website-Administrator | March 30, 2022

Her reality changed in an instant when she got the call that she was furloughed. Betsy was at a loss for what to do next but she needed to be strong for her three children ages 10, 14, and 16, and her elderly mother.

International Women’s Day

By Bonnie Tiernan | March 7, 2022

Observed worldwide as a celebration of “the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women,” International Women’s Day is also a global call to action for accelerating women’s equality. At Crisis Assistance Ministry, we see women’s extraordinary perseverance and potential every day. Hardworking women like Mariagrazia, who was sidelined by an accident but refused to give up, and Shavonna, whose tenacity and grace are a testament to her indomitable spirit.

What A Difference You Made

By Tovi Martin | December 12, 2021

In 2021, your support powered so many transformations — from the thousands of families you helped to the innovative new ways they received services. Thank you for preventing homelessness and preserving dignity for so many of our neighbors during an unprecedented year.

Tanisha Invites You to Move Forward Together

By Website-Administrator | July 14, 2020

Tanisha came to America as a hopeful child. After a difficult struggle, she now feels able to fully realize those childhood dreams thanks to generous individuals like you.

Budgeting Tips from an Economic Mobility Specialist

By Website-Administrator | May 8, 2020

Thinking about money can be hard. Sometimes it can just seem easiest to ignore it completely. But not planning for or thinking about our finances might mean that there isn’t enough to cover the things we really need. That’s why it makes sense to try and come up with a plan, a spending plan/budget, for your money.