Tricounty Family Ministries

Helping those in crisis move to a place of stability and ultimately self-sustainability since 1983

We offer a safe, compassionate, and inviting place for all people in need

Tricounty Family Ministries is a non-denominational, non-profit providing food, clothing, medical care, counseling, job placement, shelter, financial assistance and vital services to the impoverished

Feeding Programs

Clothes House

Since we opened our soup kitchen operation in 1983, Tricounty Family Ministries has provided over 5 million meals in hot lunches served three days a week at our Center, meals delivered to the homebound and emergency groceries given to families from our food pantry.

Clothing is a constant need as shown in the approximate 800 pieces of clothing are given away each month. Last year alone Tricounty Family Ministries supplied over 8,000 pieces of clothing to almost 3,500 people. 

Tricounty Family Ministries’ volunteer health program strives to foster and facilitate "whole person" health (body, mind and spirit) of anyone in need. These Healing Hands Ministries focus on helping under-served, uninsured and lost individuals with their medical needs, while fostering relationships that empower them to better maintain their own long-term health care.

Healing Hands

Our History...

Founded in 1983, Tricounty Family Ministries began providing hot meals to the hungry. In subsequent years clothing distribution, homebound meal delivery and food pantry were added. Leveraging our resources, we have served over 5. 3 million meals to date. We realize solving the problem of poverty goes much deeper than simply providing basic needs. Tricounty Family Ministries addresses the cyclical causes of poverty and abuse as clients come to our center for basic needs, gain our trust, and complete life changing programs geared to move those in crisis to self-sustainability.

97% of all resources go directly to those we serve

Tricounty Family Ministries has provided over 5 million meals to the hungry at

no cost over the last 32 years

We offer a hand up rather than a hand out, bringing clients from a state of crisis to stability to self-sustaining members of the community

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Tricounty Family Ministries maintains the audited standard of 

97%of all resources going directly to those we serve

Since 1983, we have relied on the generous time and talents shared by our volunteers. We welcome all skill sets as well as youth 14 and older!  


Contact Us

3349 Rivers Avenue

North Charleston, SC 29405


Hours of Operation

Intake: M-T-W-F 8:30 am-1 pm

Breakfast: M-T-W-F 8:30 am-10:00 am

Lunch: M-T-W-F 11 am-12:30 pm 

Healing Hands: M-W-F 9:30 am-2 pm or all patients are seen

The Doctor is In M 10:00 am until patients are seen

Counseling: M-W-F 9 am-2 pm or all clients are seen

Administration: M-F 8:00 am-3 pm

“Wherever you turn, you can find someone who needs you. Even if it is a little thing, do something for which there is no pay but the privilege of doing it. Remember, you don’t live in the world all of your own.”

~Albert Schweitzer

Our Board of Directors


Susan Hanshaw, Board Chairman

Retired CEO Tricounty Family Ministries

Elsie Smalls, Vice-Chair

Associate Dean and Professor, Springfield College

Clark Hanger, Treasurer

Owner of Hanger Aviation

Pastor Ryan Lyles, Secretary

Church of the Redeemer

John Haire

Local Owner of Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q

David Yarborough Jr., Esq.

Founder of Yarborough Applegate Law Firm, Attorney at Law

Marshall White, MD

Neurology & Pain Management

Meet the Chairman, Sue Hanshaw


Rev. Paul Aebischer  

​Kevin Alford

Lynn Bean

Rev. Richard Belser             

Lindy Coleman

Rev. David Dubay

​Carl Ehmann, MD

Dwight Freeburg

Preston Hipp

Al Jackson

Rev. Cam Keyser

Charles Larson

Bill Pence

Douglas Sass

Dean Stephens

Rev. Herman Yoos

Sue Hanshaw came to Charleston in 1984 with her husband to expand an insurance brokerage agency in South Carolina. She has served in numerous positions in her working career including Business Advisor in a brokerage agency, Owner of a clothing design business, City Clerk/Manager – Raytown, Missouri, Art Gallery owner, Soup kitchen volunteer and businesswoman. Sue served as the Executive Director of Tricounty Family Ministries from 1991-1997 and CEO 1999 - 2015. She was instrumental in the establishment of Healing Hands Ministry, Families in Transition, ; as well as continuing to build the feeding, clothing, mentoring and emergency assistance programs that the lost and forgotten people in greater Charleston so desperately need. In July, 2015, Sue retired as CEO but was delighted to be invited to become the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Sue’s love and compassion to empower the less fortunate at Tricounty Family Ministries will be a life-long endeavor.