The Dorcas Crisis Ministry exists to serve local residents who find themselves in a temporary financial crisis, using proceeds from the Dorcas Thrift Shop. Trained, compassionate volunteers interview applicants to determine how Dorcas Ministries can best assist those in need.
Assistance may be given with past-due necessary bills such as utilities, prescription medicine, or housing expenses (rent/mortgage). Residents of Cary and Morrisville may also receive food assistance from the Dorcas Ministries Food Pantry. Durable medical equipment supplies (that is, walkers, crutches, canes, or bedside commodes) are provided free of charge when in stock.
Applicants for financial assistance must provide proof of identity and residence in Cary or Morrisville.
Effective May 31st, 2016, Dorcas financial assistance will also be made available to families who live outside our service area of Cary and Morrisville, but have who have children in Cary and Morrisville schools.
Effective January 2018, Dorcas financial assistance will also be made available to persons who live outside our service area of Cary and Morrisville, but have been employed in Cary or Morrisville on average 20 hours per week for one year.
Open Monday – Friday 9 AM – 3 PM by appointment. Call 919.469.9861, ext. 203 to schedule an appointment.
“Barbara” suffered the perfect financial storm and had no idea where to turn when the property manager at her apartment complex referred her to Dorcas Ministries. Barbara is a fast-food restaurant manager and mother of one. She has been living paycheck-to-paycheck for many years, always keeping her head just above water. Then, the worst happened. Her restaurant was sold to another restaurant group who then reset her leave to zero. Just a month later, she was involved in a serious car accident. With no accumulated leave, she had to go on leave-without-pay while she recovered from her injuries. Combined with large co-pays for the ambulance, hospital visit and doctor’s office follow-ups, she was buried in added expenses. To make matters worse, when she filed the claim with insurance, she learned she was underwater on the loan and now owes the bank $2,000! Her rent was coming due and she had a disconnect notice for Progress Energy. Thanks to a special provision in the Crisis Ministry policies for such cases and after careful checking of all her supporting documents, we were able to pay her rent in full for a month and pay the past due on her Progress Energy bill, giving her the breathing room to work on paying off her other debts. You’ve never seen a person filled with as much gratitude and humility. But, best of all—she had hope. And there’s no price you can put on that.
Types of Financial Assistance
- Emergency Lodging
- Mental Health
- Car Repairs
- Car Insurance
- Home Repairs
Crisis Ministry Location & Hours
187 High House Road
Cary, NC 27511
Open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m by appointment.
Call 919.469.9861, ext. 203 to schedule an appointment.
Training Center will be open from 10 AM – 1 PM.
Documents Required for Assistance
Requirements for Financial Assistance:
- Photo ID
- Documentation of a Financial Crisis (defined as a large unexpected necessary expense or sudden dramatic decrease in wages.)
- Proof of Residence in Cary or Morrisville (utility bill with your name, lease, etc.)
- OR Proof a child in your household attends school in Cary or Morrisville School (recent report card or letter from a school social worker)
OR Proof you have been employed in Cary or Morrisville on average 20 hours per week for one year.
- Application Form
- Proof of Income for ALL ADULTS in the household (last 2 month’s pay stubs or last month’s bank account statement showing disability, unemployment, social security, child support or other income)
- PAST DUE bill or letter
- Rental Lease or Mortgage Statement
- For Returning Applicants: Documented proof of progress on your Action Plan