By Todd Cohen
GREENSBORO, N.C. — A Community Crisis Center has been established at St. Thomas Chapel Pentecostal Holiness Church in northeast Greensboro.
The center, located in the church’s old building at 633 N.C. 150 West, provides needy people with food, clothing, shelter and help in paying rent and fuel bills.
No one is housed at the center, which pays for hotel rooms for homeless people.
A top priority this year will be to raise $100,000 to provide housing for at least 20 families, says Darryl Hunter, who heads the center and is youth pastor at the church and son of its pastor, Tyrone Hunter.
“We want to concentrate on housing families,” he says. “Our ministry is focused on helping families in crisis situations.”
The crisis center has received support from the church, as well as individuals and local businesses, and works with local social services agencies.
For the holiday season, for example, the center prepared food boxes for roughly 165 families referred by local agencies. And it has placed donations boxes at local Kmart and Winn-Dixie stories, and has received permission to solicit donations at two Motivations barbershops.
The center also plans to sponsor a golf tournament in the spring to raise money, and is preparing applications for foundation grants.
“We’re looking for anybody that will help us with our mission in the business community,” says Hunter, works nights waiting tables at the International House of Pancakes.