Mother Emanuel Empowerment Center (MEEC) is a collaborative effort of comprehensive care between Mother Emanuel AME Church, the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) in the department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), and Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center (CDMHC). The Mother Emanuel AME church hosts the location of the empowerment center on the grounds of the church campus to serve as a central resource hub to connect those impacted by the Mother Emanuel AME church massacre to advocacy, grief support, and/or mental health counseling. Staff will offer a wide range of services designed to assist families, survivors, and church members in their recovery and to provide a gathering place that facilitates their connection to each other. The MEEC staff will assist in developing resiliency by building programming and retreat events for adults and children to foster long-term recovery and to bolster connection and support.


Our Mission:

The primary mission of the Mother Emanuel Empowerment Center is to provide support and access to specialized services for those who were directly affected by the Mother Emanuel AME Church Massacre.

A secondary mission is to provide resources to those who were indirectly affected by this tragedy as well as to the community at large.

Who We Serve:

Many of the specialized services we provide are limited to direct victims of the Mother Emanuel AME Church Massacre who include:

  • Family members of those who were killed
  • Surviving witnesses and their family members
  • Members of the Mother Emanuel AME church congregation

However, the informational services provided in this website are free to anyone in the community.