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Crisis Control Ministry food, housing, and medication programs.

Forsyth County individuals that meet very low income levels, or that are facing an emergency, may be able to get help from Crisis Control Ministry. The charity organization and its partners focus on a few core functions. They include shelter (such as rent assistance), health care (prescription medications) and food (groceries and meals). There are a couple centers operated by Crisis Control Ministry in the Winston Salem region.

Financial aid, or short term loans, may be available from Crisis Control Ministry. The funds are focused on those with a onetime emergency, such as an unexpected car repair or medical issue. So the aid is limited and targeted.

Staff from Crisis Control work to provide funds to help people pay the bills during that crisis. In addition to that, they also want to ensure the client is back on the path to self-sufficiency. They also focus on homelessness in Forsyth County, and help pay rent for people facing an eviction or offer funds for a security deposit on a new home.

The services are focused on the working poor as well as elderly or disabled in the county. Crisis Control Ministry will also take a full assessment of the applicant’s need. Based on the result of this, the individual may get help for their utilities, such as water or heating bills. Also, one time rent help may be offered. Aid is usually for families that have an eviction notice or are at imminent threat of having their power disconnected.

Much of this is also done in partnership with other charities and agencies across Winston Salem and other towns. So if you don’t qualify, additional linkage may be provided. Or they can refer clients to government and public aid.

Food assistance is available from the ministry and local pantries. This is a shopper’s choice type set up, so clients will only select the groceries and items they need. This limits waste and increases efficiency. The food passed out may be as much to last at least seven days per family. There may be breakfast items passed out, milk, fruits, vegetables, meat and more.

Many low income residents, including children, in Forsyth County face hunger. The pantry that is available can help tackle this concern. There may also be free holiday meals and goods from soup kitchens at local churches. When seeking help, bring proof of income, expenses, ID, and Crisis Control Ministry may request other documentation as well. The application process is thorough.





All across Forsyth County, many non-profit community organizations donate to the programs indicated above. This allows these resources to continue to operate, and maybe even grow over time. Many schools, local businesses, churches, individuals, and other organizations consistently contribute. They often do this from food drive, fund raisers, and programs such as WEE Care! and Gift of the Month.

A Pharmacy is also operated by Crisis Control Ministry. As a matter of fact, it is the largest free pharmacy in Winston Salem or Forsyth County North Carolina. Thousands of prescriptions have been given to low income and uninsured patients in the community. Some clients may be given vouchers to pay for a portion of the prescription drug that is needed.

Get financial help and support from Crisis Control Ministry

There may be medications for people of any age, income, or race. While applicants don’t need to have a certain income in order to get medications, they need to have a true financial need. Some lifesaving goods may be passed out too, such as insulin. For more information, call 336-724-7875 ext. 1052.

The locations are 200 East Tenth Street, Winston-Salem North Carolina 27101. The phone number is 336.724.7453. A second sentence is at 431 West Bodenhamer Street, Kernersville North Carolina 27284. Call 336.996.5401.


By Jon McNamara


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