Local Hero: Kristy Crill
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) — Kristy Crill loves Savannah so much she wants to change it.
“It’s a problem that our streets are littered with beggars downtown. This is a problem for visitors who come to our city. It’s a problem for business owners,” said Kristy Crill.
Crill has solved this problem on many levels since moving to Savannah 364 days ago.
Her Dive Savannah ministry delivers meals to homeless camps and offers outreach services to Christ Anglican Church where homeless people can access computers and phones to try to rebuild their lives.
But his goal is a solution, not sympathy.
“My personal burn, my goal and my fire is to love the least of them with all I can and have. However, I in no way seek to be an enabler, and I seek to serve my fellow small business owners and do something about the really big problem we have,” Crill said.
The Dive has also launched a return to work program where homeless people can get one-on-one attention and assistance to become employable.
“We bring certain companies to work with us in all kinds of capacities for individuals. And what we want to do is give them the opportunity to prove themselves, so that they volunteer for a month and show that they will show up, that they are reliable, that they do good job,” said John Reuter.
“People who follow our program will learn a certain work ethic. They are going to learn and be nurtured into a mindset that you have absolutely nothing to do on any street in Savannah with your outstretched hand because we can teach you and put you in a position where you win” , Crill said.
This is Crill’s latest project. But not his last.
She’s trying to buy the old B&B Paints building on MLK Boulevard through her newly formed 501C3 and turn it into Dive Savannah’s new home with a homeless drop-in center, lounge for homeless veterans. shelter and four apartments for veterans whose families are too large. for the Tiny Home project.
“There is not another like it in this community. I am told that there is not another like it in the country.
A professional chef, Crill plans to include a training kitchen and offer other courses for homeless job seekers to continue the work this WTOC hometown hero does non-stop in Savannah. since a year.
“Just last week we were able to work with a young woman who came to us straight from prison. She was encouraged to come to us. She needed to go to rehab, we put her in rehab. We will help people get to where they need to be, but I know where they need to be is not on our streets, not at all. This has to change.”
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