Please help us keep our residents warm this winter by donating coats and blankets for the cold months ahead.

    1. Clean out a closet
    2. Organize a coat and blanket drive
    3. Pass the word along to family and friends

    For more information or to set up a time for delivery

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    864 North Highway 25 Bypass

    Greenville, SC 29617


This article was written by a representative of the Sisters of Charity Organization about the North Greenville Crisis Ministry.

North Greenville Crisis Ministry Focuses on More than Food

When North Greenville Crisis Ministry first began in 1983 through the Greenville County United Way, the organization focused on feeding the hungry. Now, in 2015, the organization offers food assistance, a clothing closet, crisis utility assistance and life skills classes to over 250 square miles of Greenville County.

With the mission of offering short-term temporary assistance, hope and love, build on a foundation of faith, North Greenville Crisis Ministry is able to give assistance to families every three months.

“We dropped the word “Food” from North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry to emphasize that we do more than give food to those in need,” Suzanne Kolb, Executive Director, said. “I felt like we were just putting Band-Aids on the problem as a temporary fix. With the addition of our life skills classes we’re trying to help people break the cycle.”

The life skills classes started in September of 2013 and take place several times a month and vary in subject matter. “They cover anything from gardening for sustainability to stress management to finance,” Joanne Turner, Chair of Board, said.

North Greenville Crisis Ministry relies heavily on its community to keep running and stay stocked. “Many organizations within our community recognize our ability to serve those who need us,” Kolb said. “We have developed partnerships with Greenville County Schools and Greenville Healthy System. They teach the forward classes.”

“Board members also take on responsibility within the organization,” Turner said. “Each board member is over a specific area such as clothing, food, or buying.”

Local churches and other organizations also recognize North Greenville Crisis Ministry’s ability. Churches often hold food drives or encourage donations. “We rely heavily on our community and we couldn’t do this without them,” Kolb said.

Special projects created by the organization also supplies them with items to address immediate needs. “We have special projects every three months or so to address needs we might not normally have supplies for,” Turner said. “We have school supplies drives, Thanksgiving projects, and we had “Project Fan” a few summers ago when it was so hot. The community donated fans for those who don’t have air conditioning.”

With the help of its community and from funders like The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, North Greenville Crisis Ministry continues to care for those in need in Greenville County.

To learn more about this organization visit its website at or their Facebook page.

The 2015 Tournament of Hope, scheduled for Monday, October 5, 2015, has been cancelled due to inclement weather and the conditions of the golf course. We will let everyone know of the rescheduled event when we have a new date and time. Thank you for your continued support of this ministry. 

The 2015 Tournament of Hope will be held at Furman University Golf Course on Monday, October 5th, 2015. Registration begins at 9am with a shotgun start at 10am. The players fee is $80. This fee includes 18 holes of golf as well as breakfast provided by Chick-fil-a, and lunch provided by Shortfields. Pre-registration is not a requirement but if you would like to sign up early, please call us at 864-834-7342 or email us at


Blue Ridge Fest presents North Greenville Crisis Ministry with a check for $14,500

2015 Golf Tournament of Hope is scheduled for Monday, October 5th at Furman University Golf Course.




The 2015 Postal Food Drive and the 2015 Car Show hosted by Ray and Karen Batson were huge blessings for the North Greenville Crisis Ministry. The postal food drive brought in around 11,000 pounds of donated food from residents of this area. A total of 30  volunteers worked alongside the mail carriers and postal employees on Saturday, May 9th to make this one of the most productive food drives in NGCM history.

On this same day, Ray and Karen Batson hosted their annual car show and food drive, with around 130 classic cars participating. This event also brought in around 4000 pounds of donated food. This ministry is truly blessed with wonderful, giving individuals supporting the mission with their time, energy, and generosity

Ray and Karen Batson

Check Out Our Name Change!!

We are now known as the North Greenville Crisis Ministry. Our board and volunteers felt that our name needed to reflect all of the programs our organization embodies. Stay tuned for new programs being offered and check out our class schedule under the More Tab.



Travelers Rest High School 2014 Food Drive

The Travelers Rest High School Student Council led their annual food drive benefiting the North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry. This most recent drive brought in a record amount of food for our organization. The total weight was approximately 8900 pounds of canned goods. On behalf of all of the staff and volunteers of our ministry, we would like to give a big thanks to all of the TRHS Student Body.

2014 Tournament of Hope scheduled for Monday, October 6th, 2014.

Come and join in the fun for the 2014 Tournament of Hope sponsored by the North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry. The tournament will be held on Monday, October 6th, 2014 at Furman University Golf Course. For more information on registration please contact us at 864-834-7342. On-site registration begins at 9am with a shotgun start at 10am. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

2014 Race to End Hunger

Results and Pictures of the event coming soon!!!


The Board of Directors for the North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry honors its volunteer’s each year with a luncheon as a small way of saying thank you for the many hours of work each volunteer contributes serving the needy in the Northern part of the county.  The luncheon was held at the Reedy River Fellowship Building adjacent to the Food Crisis Center in June 2014. Lunch was catered by M&M Enterprise.

A remembrance of the deceased volunteers for the preceding year is always a part of the program. In 2013 and 2014 two volunteers were lost to death.  Jackie Grogan and Alice Smith were remembered with a lighted candle and a recap of their years of service to the ministry by Karen Robertson, a former director serving when they were very active in our ministry.  Both of the deceased had family members present to receive a certificate of remembrance from the Board of Directors.

The Ministry has established an emeritus status for board members who have served ten or more years on the board of directors and no longer desire to be active, but prefers to remain as volunteers in the ministry.  Carolyn Crosby and William Sharpe received plaques in recognition of the number of years of service and as a small thank you for their invaluable time and efforts donated to the ministry.  Carolyn Crosby has served seventeen (17) years and Bill Sharpe eleven (11) years.  Their input and work has been vital to this ministry.

                       Marty, with his slight of hand tricks entertained the group with many acts of magic.  A magical theme was carried out in the decorations for the luncheon as well.

Another interesting and important part of the luncheon was a presentation to the ministry by Clyde Carr of $5,600.00 from his 47th annual charity golf tournament held in June at Rolling Green Golf Club.

A very hardy thank you to ALL volunteers of the North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry from the Board of Directors.  We appreciate all of you!                        

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To view the upcoming schedule of client classes, please look under the "More" Link and click on client class schedule!!

Forward Classes are a Hit

In order for clients to receive crisis assistance after the first initial time, they must attend three Forward classes in one year. Clients are provided with a schedule and the titles of each class at the beginning of every month. It is their choice what classes they choose to participate in. Some of our topics include eating healthy on a budget, diabetic cooking, low sodium tips, budgeting, parenting teens, food safety, and Employment tips for Greenville County Schools. Our classes are taught by dieticians, Nutrition experts, Counselors, Financial Planners, and Recruiters

Forward classes are designed specifically to provide information that will enable the client to move towards economic, healthy, financial, or relationship self-sufficiency.  This information can be used as a bridge to help these individuals build or rebuild hope for the future.

For more information please call us at 864-834-7342. Class schedules are provided under the MORE tab up above.



The North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry follows the Greenville County School District losing policy for weather conditions. If the schools are closed, so are we. If there is a two hour delay then we will open at 10am. Should weather conditions be bad on a crisis funding day, funding will be distributed on the first day we resume regular schedule. Thank you.

TRHS Student Council Holds Record-Breaking Food Drive for NGFCM

Humbled by the generosity of the young people in our community. TRHS held a food drive that contributed 5500 pounds of food to our organization. This organization can feed those who are hungry for 1 month. We are humbled, blessed and proud to be a part of such wonderful hearts and giving hands. For me personally, this punctuates what I already know to be true. The younger generation of this community is one of character and compassion.


On Sunday, November 17th, NGFCM received over 100 bags, decorated by the children of Travelers Rest United Methodist Church. These bags were filled with non-perishable foods and helped stock our shelves for the coming weeks.


The youth group from Reedy River Baptist Church worked diligently to fill over 230 bags with food for a traditional Thanksgiving Meal. Our ministry is truly blessed by the support of our community.

Finish-Strong Cyclist raises funds for NGFCM

Cyclist Justin Meade rode from Pickens, South Carolina to Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, October 18th to raise funds for NGFCM's utility crisis assistance program. His journey through the Blue Ridge Parkway ended up being a total of 165 miles and 17,000 feet of climb. Our ministry is beyond blessed to have such wonderful support  from the Finish-Strong organization along with individuals such as Justin. We look forward to following him on his next adventure.

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Its time to go through those closets and get out all of the old blankets, coats, scarves, gloves, and boots. Many people are in need of these items to stay warm during the winter months, and I hear it's going to be quite chilly in this neck of the woods!!! Drop your donations by soon!!!