Need exceeds Crisis Assistance's resources

Feb. 23, 2013 @ 06:27 PM

While they work to help those in need in Union County, Crisis Assistance Ministry is planning new programs to raise funds and awareness this year. 

Last year, the agency served 1,030 households in Union County with $297,074.86 in emergency funds for rent, mortgage and/or utilities, according to a statement from the organization. 

The also made 6,732 referrals to locals and families, connecting them with services in the county, and gave away more than 245 bags of groceries and products from their emergency pantry, the statement read.

Last year, the agency had to turn away 365 qualified candidates due to lack of funding. 

This year, the agency will begin offering a program called "Breaking the Cycle of Poverty," which will teach financial literacy skills to clients. The program will provide workshops and one-on-one counseling and financial planning assistance by local agencies and volunteers. The program will help clients increase their wealth and assets to help them save in the future. 

The program will serve at least 25 families who the agency has assisted more than twice in the past. 

The second annual CrisisRun will be held March 23 this year, to raise funds for the agency. 

The event will include a 10K, 5K and mile fun run to raise money for the organization. It will be held at Wingate University. 

Anyone interested can register online atwww.racesonline.com. There will be awards and other activities throughout the day.