HISTORY

The Mother Emanuel Empowerment Center was developed in response to the massacre that took place at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015.  The massacre had a profound effect on the families of those who were killed, witnesses, survivors, the Mother Emanuel congregation, and many others.

Nine partner organizations received funding from a grant awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice.  The grant award provided the organizations with fiscal resources to address the needs of those affected by this tragic event.  The nine partner organizations include:

  • National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC)
  • Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church
  • City of Charleston Police Department
  • Charleston County Coroner’s Office
  • Charleston County Clerk of Court
  • Charleston County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ninth Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office
  • Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center (CDMHC)
  • Berkeley Community Mental Health Center (BCMHD)

As part of this larger grant, the Mother Emanuel Empowerment Center was developed to be a central hub in developing programs and services for those impacted by this tragic event. Services began shortly after the massacre by partnering agencies.  A building on Mother Emanuel AME Church campus was renovated and opened on November 4, 2016 to serve as a physical space for the Mother Emanuel Empowerment Center staff.

This project is supported by Award No.2016-RF-GX-0001 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice or grant-making component.