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Crisis Assistance Ministry marks 40 years of public service

Crisis Assistance Ministry employee Barbara Guilmette gives out free meals Thursday to Christina Smith, left, Nevaeh Hairston, 4, second from left, Treasure Hairston, 2, third from left, and the two girls' mother Yolanda Maness, right, in the Ministry's lobby Thursday. Crisis Assistance Ministry celebrated its 40th anniversary on Thursday by serving food to people in need waiting in its lobby for help with utility bills and rent.
Crisis Assistance Ministry employee Barbara Guilmette gives out free meals Thursday to Christina Smith, left, Nevaeh Hairston, 4, second from left, Treasure Hairston, 2, third from left, and the two girls' mother Yolanda Maness, right, in the Ministry's lobby Thursday. Crisis Assistance Ministry celebrated its 40th anniversary on Thursday by serving food to people in need waiting in its lobby for help with utility bills and rent. dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

Crisis Assistance Ministry marked 40 years of public service Thursday by serving free lunches to the dozens of people waiting in line for help. The agency, located just outside of uptown, offers last-minute financial assistance to people who are about to be evicted from a rental home or have their utilities turned off. The meals were prepared by the catering staff at another nonprofit, Hope Haven, a residential program for homeless people recovering from addictions. Crisis Assistance was founded by Charlotte’s faith community during the economic recession of the early 1970s. Since then, it has become an independent agency that helps families avoid falling into homelessness.

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