Crisis Ministries receives $2 million grant from VA

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Crisis Ministries has been awarded a $2 million grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Service for Veterans Families program.

The grant will allow Crisis Ministries to provide case management and supportive services to assist homeless veterans or those at risk of losing their housing.

Over the past two years, Crisis Ministries has assisted 750 veterans and their families with SSVF funding.

With the award, officials with Crisis Ministries say they anticipate serving an addition 500 veterans and their families in 2014 throughout the Lowcountry.

"This is an affirmation of the work we do to help our Veterans and their families. Not only will this money help homeless Veterans, it will also save many Veterans and their families from becoming homeless," said Stacey Denaux, CEO of Crisis Ministries.

Last month, police arrested a former chief financial officer for the organization who was accused of embezzling more than $96,000.

The Charleston Police Department charged 55-year-old Carol Libby with breach of trust with fraudulent intent. Court documents released indicate Libby embezzled $96,199 over an 18 month period.

According to Crisis Ministries officials, the funds Libby stole were meant for several institutions that work with the organization.

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