Crisis Ministries finds a new way to help its clients

By Dean Stephens {}

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Crisis Ministries has found an innovative way to help its homeless parents find the time to find work and give their kids something to do, too.

It's a summer camp and it's given Sherray Jackson the chance to move out and move onto the next chapter of her life. Jackson has been on a long journey, one that she has made hand-in-hand with her 9-year-old twin boys, DJ and Scooter."They're my reason why I do everything I do - why I breathe, why I push, why I striveto give them a better life. They are the reason why I get up in the mornings and do what I do," she said.To understand what Jackson has done is to understand the life she left behind in Brooklyn, N.Y."When we have two-year-olds getting shot right by our house, the boys see this; they are scared and crying and I told{} them we are moving to a better place," she said. In March, the eight-year Navy veteran moved her kids from the crime-riddled neighborhood in Brooklyn to Charleston."I moved here with absolutely nothing, which left me homeless for this period of time. My situation didn't come from unemployment or anything like that," she said.

"I'm well educated and have a bachelors degree. I moved here to give my kids a better life and if that means I'm homeless for a little while, so be it."Some would call it a bad break, but not Jackson, or her boys, DJ or Scooter."There's a lot of people to make friends with and there's not mean people. Everybody is really nice," Scooter said.The three stay at Crisis Ministries and the nonprofit sent the boys to a summer camp in downtown Charleston. This is the first year the nonprofit has sent its kids to camp."I've been at camp for two months. I've made so many friends. It's not even getting old. Every day is a new day here," DJ said.The camp gives the boys an outlet and Jackson a chance to move forward."It allows me to do things I need to do during the day, I go on job interviews and look for affordable housing," said Jackson.

Jackson said she's had several positive job interviews and is now just waiting for an offer.

Jackson calls her homelessness temporary. What's permanent is her love for Scooter and DJ and a camp that has given them all a summer to remember.