A North Carolina organization is helping people stay warm this winter

Triad residents woke up Monday morning to much colder weather, and many can expect their utility bills to rise as the temperature drops. This is where organizations like Crisis Control Ministries step in to help. The non-profit organization works with people in Forsyth and Stokes County who are going through a crisis, such as unemployment and paying utility bills. Tammy Caudill, public relations and marketing manager for Crisis Control Ministries, says more people need help as prices have risen. “If you have to spend more on one thing, it will affect you in all areas,” she said. “So we’re seeing more people who are in real crisis because they’re not doing everything they can do, but they just don’t have the resources they need to cover all of their needs.” Crisis Control ministries have felt the effects of rising prices. They say they are spending 30% to 35% this winter compared to the past. Need help. Abby McCall, director of community and volunteer relations for the organization, says there are ways people can cut costs this winter. She encourages people to have conversations with their energy providers and landlords, to see if there are ways to make the payments more manageable. However, she says the doors of crisis control ministries are open to anyone who needs help. “So we have different partner agencies that we can refer people to,” she said. “As the neighbors arrive, through a talk with us, we can learn more. We take a person-centered approach. You and I might both be unemployed and need help, but the way it happens in our life is very different.And so we really want to hear what it’s going on in someone’s life and see how we can steer it in the right direction.their Kernersville office at 336-996-5401.

Triad residents woke up Monday morning to much colder weather, and many can expect their utility bills to rise as the temperature drops.

This is where organizations like Crisis Control Ministries step in to help.

The non-profit organization works with people in Forsyth and Stokes County who are going through a crisis, such as unemployment and paying utility bills. Tammy Caudill, public relations and marketing manager for Crisis Control Ministries, says more people need help as prices have risen.

“If you have to spend more on one thing, it will affect you in all areas,” she said. “So we’re seeing more people who are in real crisis because they haven’t done everything they can do, but they just don’t have the resources they need to cover all of their needs.”

Crisis Control Ministries felt the effects of rising prices. They say they are spending 30-35% this winter compared to the past.

The nonprofit is also experiencing an increase in calls for help, and they say they are seeing almost as many as 30 people a day who need help.

Abby McCall, director of community and volunteer relations for the organization, says there are ways people can cut costs this winter. She encourages people to have conversations with their energy providers and landlords, to see if there are ways to make the payments more manageable.

However, she says the doors of crisis control ministries are open to anyone who needs help.

“So we have different partner agencies that we can refer people to,” she said. “As the neighbors arrive, through a talk with us, we can learn more. We take a person-centered approach. You and I might both be unemployed and need help, but how it happens in our life is very different. And so we really want to hear what it’s going on in someone’s life and see how we can steer it in the right direction.”

If you or someone you know needs help, you can call the Crisis Control Ministries Winston Salem office at 336-724-7453, or their Kernersville office at 336-996-5401.

Aubrey L. Morgan