Crisis Ministries began as a soup kitchen at Grace Episcopal Church in 1984. Also in 1984, the Coastal Community Foundation’s Human Needs Endowment was created with a little over $60,000 in gifts from Billie and Alan Houghton. Crisis Ministries was among the first grant recipients, allowing it to evolve into a comprehensive service agency dedicated to helping families and individuals end their homelessness. The Rev. Alanson Bigelow Houghton became the Vicar of St. Stephen’s in 1987 and Crisis Ministries has been a part of St. Stephen’s Outreach ever since. Each month, St. Stephen’s shops and provides food for breakfast for those who live at the Shelter. Volunteers from our church, coordinated by Iris Carson, prepare and serve the food six times a year, alternating with Porter Gaud School. Crisis Ministries’ clinical team provides mental health and substance abuse counseling, case management and primary healthcare. Employment and education services, legal services, veteran’s services, and housing counseling are all available onsite at the Shelter in a barrier-free environment where homeless individuals feel comfortable. By providing basic food, shelter, social services, and counseling onsite, Crisis Ministries enables over 300 people to return to self-sufficiency and homes of their own each year.