Choosing a New Path
Every man's journey to Crossroads is unique, but the one thing they each hold in common is a lack of stability. They may have overextended their relationships, been overtaken by an addiction, or struggled to gain traction after losing a job. Others have experienced a series of trauma, often a result of toxic environments, poverty, broken relationships or poor choices. Whatever the case, our doors are open.
For men in crisis, Crossroads is a place to rest, refocus, and restore individuals to lifelong self-sufficiency. Our individualized programs offer a variety of tracks to choose from, and include classes, casework, and coaching designed to prepare men for the positive life they were made to live.
In 2018 at Crossroads
The introduction stage is devoted to providing men with immediate resources such as food, clothing, shelter and safety, as well as introducing them to Crossroads' services. Our campus has capacity for 110+ men to participate in an individualized track program of their choosing, and a small number of beds for emergency and short-term shelter. In providing help, our staff begin to engage men through crisis support groups; men who commit to a specific track will work with a caseworker who will assist them in discovering and reaching their personal goals.
Heart is what we use to describe the bulk of our program tracks. Crossroads staff works closely with each person to address the issues that brought him to our doors. Men take part in classes such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Anger Management, and Open Door to address the mental, emotional, and spiritual concerns of their past and present. Our Resource Center is also available to equip men with the computer skills, certifications, and continued education that will empower them to attain competitive employment and sustainable housing. During their program, men are also encouraged to engage spiritually and build community through local church involvement, support groups, and chapel services.
Toward the end of each track, men dedicate their time to securing their future. They pursue competitive employment, continue their education and attain sustainable, independent housing. While some men may find these opportunities right away, others continue the search for months past graduation to ensure they will thrive. To help with this transition, we don't ask men to move out the day after graduation, and even offer transitional housing through our Banfield apartments to those who qualify. Along the way to the new life God has prepared for these men, we laugh, we cry, and we make sure to celebrate the big and small victories together. Home looks different for everyone, but we believe every person should have the opportunity to discover that looks like for their unique circumstance.