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Exploring Poverty and Community Support: NWAHEC's Eye-Opening Visit to Crisis Control Ministries

Jun 12, 2024 10:23:40 AM / by Brooke Kochanski

Northwest Area Health Education Center held a Team Development Activity: Living on the Edge, a Poverty Simulation and Crisis Control Ministry Tour on Monday, June 10th.

Crisis Control Ministry is located in Downtown Winston-Salem. The mission of Crisis Control Ministry is to assist people in crisis to meet essential life needs and to become self-sufficient.

"We believe that food, shelter, and medicine are basic human needs and that we strive to meet the needs of people in Forsyth and Stokes Counties who are in crisis and dealing with unfortunate circumstances. We strive to give help for today and hope for tomorrow by providing our neighbors with support, advocacy, understanding, and information."

As one of the largest emergency assistance provider in Forsyth County, NC, Crisis Control Ministry served 18,107 people in FY 2022 between our Winston-Salem and Kernersville locations. They provide short-term emergency services for residents of Forsyth and Stokes Counties including rent/mortgage payments, utility bill assistance; food from the Client Choice Food Pantry; and medications from the Licensed Free Pharmacy. 


Northwest AHEC team participates in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion activities for staff, this month we were able to go visit the staff at Crisis Control, tour the facility, and participate in some enriching activities to expose ourselves to the realities of the community that we serve. 

What is a Poverty Simulation?
A poverty simulation is a guided experience that exposes participants to the realities of poverty, including the challenges of navigating the complex world of government services and other essential service providers. 

Why have a Poverty Simulation?
Have you ever wondered why it seems so difficult for some people to escape poverty? Have you ever wanted to help but not known how? The poverty simulation is an invaluable experience that will undoubtedly impact your perspective of your community and the impoverished. Advocate from a place of knowledge as well as compassion.


Check out photos from NWAHEC visit:









Crisis Control just celebrated 50 years of service to the community. Learn more about Crisis Control - https://www.crisiscontrol.org/who-we-are/




Tags: Social Determinants of Health, winston-salem, crisis

Brooke Kochanski

Written by Brooke Kochanski

Marketing & Communications Specialist at Northwest AHEC

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