Crisis Centre Ministries is a Christian charity that has been working in Bristol for over 30 years, dedicated to helping those with life disrupting problems, such as homelessness and addiction, to enjoy a healthy independant life.
Crisis Centre Ministries run 4 main projects: The Wild Goose Drop-In Centre is open five days and six evenings a week where clients can receive free hot food, practical support and signposting to other appropriate social and voluntary services. The Life Skills & Initial Training for Employment (LITE) course teaches fundamental life skills and basic preparation for work, for people in recovery through a three month course and ongoing support. The Spring of Hope Womens' Night Shelter provides emergency accommodation as well as emotional support and practical support, to women fleeing from abuse, relationship breakdown and prostitution. The East Bristol Foodbank provides short-term emergency food provision to those in extreme need.
During 2014, Crisis Centre Ministries helped -
- place 241 persons into short term accommodation and 23 into long-term accommodation.
- provide 110 women with emergency accommodation and practical support.
- served 3200 meals ever week for 49 weeks of the year.
- made 274 visits accompanying clients to course, rehabs and hospitals.
- hand out 2156 food parcels, which fed 4577 people, 1781 which were children and 2796 were adults.
- provide 665 counts of practical help which includes sleeping bags, clothing and furniture.
- provide 1760 sessions of listening support.
At Ebenezer Church, we have been supporting Crisis Centre Ministries through practical ways, encouraging volunteering, financial support and prayer for many years. It is a vital work to help those living on the streets and in destitute circumstances in our city.
Please take an opportunity to find out ways of getting involved by visiting their website or contact the Church Office. Regular updates of the work can be received on the Crisis Centre e-bulletin which you can subscribe to here.
Read about Michael's story - "When I moved to Brislington I had nothing and went to the Methodist Centre. However, living in Brislington was destructive to me physically and emotionally. I often had to drink to survive and was the victim of racial abuse. I did bad things to make ends meet and was gradually losing the plot..." Read more
Here is a video of Kevin's story -