MISSION

To enhance the lives of those affected by addiction and incarceration through faith-friendly housing options designed to instill hope, accountability and self-reliance.

VISION

To see men and women set free through the application of Biblical principles as they cross over to become valued and productive members of our community.

VALUES and general INFORMATION

Crossing HOME values:

  1. SAFE Housing
  2. SECURE Jobs
  3. SOBER Accountability
  4. SOCIAL Community
  5. SPIRITUAL Restoration

These Crossing HOME values offer structured independence by which individuals can stand upon their own two feet and find support from the larger community around them.  Volunteers empower our residents by providing and maintaining healthy housing environments, offering life coaching, mentoring, and help with finding sustainable employment. Local community agencies also provide mental health resources and further chemical dependency treatment as needed.

With Crossing HOME, reentry is not a specific program; it is a process for each individual that starts when one enters treatment or incarceration and ends when that person successfully reintegrates into his or her community as a valued and productive resident. The reentry process includes the delivery of a variety of evidence-based services in both a pre- and post-setting designed to ensure that the transition from treatment back into the community is safe and successful.

As a peer-to-peer advocate, Crossing HOME utilizes a post-release evidence-based process that includes job training and life coaches as significant elements of its reentry strategy, which shares similarities with mentoring in other pre- and post-release programs offered within some correctional and treatment programs. Approximately 2.3 million individuals are now incarcerated in America, and with over ninety percent of these individuals scheduled to be released, the Second Chance Act of 2007 (H.R 1593) includes mentoring as a response to the increasing number of individuals returning to our communities.

According to Minnesota Department of Corrections’ Grant D. Duwe’s research released in 2012, “… results show that offenders who met with mentors both in prison and in the community after their release from prison (“mentor continuum”) had much lower recidivism rates for all four measures in comparison to offenders who did not meet with a mentor or only met with a mentor in prison.

“The findings show that holding the other factors constant, a continuum of mentoring significantly reduced all four measures of recidivism, decreasing the risk by 44 percent for rearrest, 52 percent for reconviction, 95 percent for new offense reincarceration, and 62 percent for technical violation revocations”.

Crossing HOME has been successful at adult reentry when safe, sober housing is combined with employment and a mentor continuum of faith-based life coaching. When residents learn new life skills at our homes, lives are transformed. Crossing HOME restores lives, hope, and freedom!