While sometimes referred to as “homeless,” our clients are actually in crisis. They have much more complex issues than simply not having a place to sleep indoors.
We define “crisis” as a traumatic or stressful change in a person’s life. When a trauma occurs due to a house fire or natural disaster, people with meaningful human relationships, healthy support systems and access to sufficient physical resources are able to recover in a relatively short period of time.
Men who come to us lack these resources and, due to various circumstances, depend primarily on outside resources. They may have overextended their personal support systems or rejected other resources, thus requiring significantly longer periods of time to stabilize. Others have experienced a series of traumas, often a result of toxic environments, broken relationships and poor choices.
For men in crisis and in need of assistance, we are a means to re-enter society as self-sufficient, productive citizens. At Crossroads, our 3-phase program offers an array of services, geared at preparing men for positive, valuable futures.
Phase 1 - Introduction
Phase 1 is devoted to introducing men to the Crossroads program and live-in accommodations. It is here that staff begins to engage the men through introductory crisis support groups. Men committed to participating in the full program are assigned a case worker and an individualized, crisis-focused program plan.
Phase 2 - Stabilization
Crossroads staff works closely with each man to develop feasible steps and goals for accessing available community resources and future housing. They are provided with clinical counseling and group therapy necessary to combat histories of trauma and mental health. Men are equipped to attain competitive employment through the on-site adult education components, vocational training programs and collaborative community internships. Men are engaged spiritually through local church involvement, support groups, Bible classes and chapel services.
Phase 3 - Re-entry
This final phase is dedicated to men who have successfully completed the program requirements of Phases 1 and 2. Men in Phase 3 dedicate their time to securing competitive employment, pursuing higher education and attaining safe, independent housing options. Since many men are deterred from self-sufficiency due to their crippling financial debt, The City Mission offers its Living Free Program to clients who wish to minimize, or entirely eliminate such debt. Before seeking independent housing, such men are encouraged to continue residing at Crossroads until their entire debt is repaid.
Last year, Crossroads provided 69,051 meals and 31,913 nights of shelter to 1,090 men in crisis. We helped 171 men as they worked through our life changing program.
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