2 weeks ago

Crossing HOME

Drop-in Center Update and Wish List...

Crossing HOME and Jehovah Lutheran Church (1566 Thomas Ave W # 2, St Paul, MN 55104) maintain a Drop-in Center and Freedom Store that serves the needs of the recently released. The center provides a “structured independence” plan for success which includes safe, secure, sober housing in a social and spiritual context. The center helps the men and women find jobs and connect them with churches. We also connect them with professional counselling services, provide initial bus passes, help with taxes, and other basics which they need to start a new life.

The Freedom Store is open every Wednesday from 10 AM until 3PM. Other days are good too, but the church office is not always open. Please call to arrange: Phone: (651) 644-1421

Freedom Store Needs:

Freedom Store fills the gap between that first day of freedom, the job interview, the first month of work, and that first paycheck.

Household Goods: Bibles, calendars, blankets, twin or single sized sheets, pillow cases, towels

Food Staples and Stuffs: Many men arrive at their new home penniless. They will need food to eat. Complete meals in a can are best: Spaghetti, soup, franks and beans, chili, etc. cans of soda, juice, etc. boxes of macaroni and cheese, boxes of drinks. Please avoid perishables. Also, they usually need basic toiletries and Tide Pods to do laundry.

Men’s Clothes: Freedom Store has more than enough women’s clothes, but never enough men’s...
Winter coats, jackets, rain wear, hats, gloves, belts, shoes, socks, sweat shirts, tee shirts, shirts,
blue jeans especially!

And a back pack, a duffle bag, or even a soft sided collapsible suitcase (they don’t have much closet space. Many of the released travel first by bus. Back packs are very helpful. Some live in homeless shelters. There are no closets there. They will have to carry everything they own until we can find them a place to live.

Tools: We support about 18 homes which need a few common tools for their upkeep. Tools are also welcome.
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2 weeks ago

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We want to take a moment to thank you for all of your support this month. November started off with a celebration of John's birthday and the love you shared meant the world with him. We were in your Facebook feed for Give to the Max halfway through the month and for Giving Tuesday this week. We truly appreciate all the support and prayers you send our way. You make our ministry possible. Thank you for helping us restore lives, freedom, and hope. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

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“Before I was released I knew I was going to be good because I knew where I was going. I knew it was a safe place where I would be able to work on myself.”

This is how a former resident of Crossing HOME how he felt in the days leading up to and following his release from prison. He described anxious thoughts and a lot of stress, but he knew he would be okay because he had a safe place to live. And that safe place came with a support system to help in other areas of his life.

You can help provide a safe place for men and women who are completing chemical dependency treatment or exiting the criminal justice system. You can provide SAFE housing, SECURE jobs, SOBER accountability, SOCIAL activities, and SPIRITUAL restoration for the people we serve.

give.crossinghome.org

Thank you for supporting the men and women who struggle with a history of chemical dependency treatment and/or incarceration. Thank you for giving them a safe place where they can continue their journey with the support of others. #GivingTuesday
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3 weeks ago

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Why? Why does it matter that our residents have Crossing HOME in their lives?

One of our residents recently answered, "Cause I'm not able to walk this journey alone at this point. I know in my heart and in my mind that it would be much more dangerous and hard for me without the support that I have now."

You can stand alongside men and women who are leading changed lives after chemical dependency treatment or incarceration. Please remember Crossing HOME tomorrow during Giving Tuesday. We thank you for your support! #GivingTuesday give.crossinghome.org
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3 weeks ago

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Did you know that in addition to providing sober housing for residents, Crossing HOME helps provide for their other immediate needs?

As board member Jim Seemann shared, "When you leave prison all you have are the clothes on your back and maybe a small box with a few things. You don't get a second set of clothes and what they have is prison-issue. So it's very important to give them a set of fresh clothes--civilian clothes."

A former resident shared how Crossing HOME supported him after his release. "When I got out, all I had was the clothes on my back. The first week when I got there (Crossing HOME) I got a jacket, I got pants, I got shirts, I got a backpack, bus fare. I still have the jacket John gave me. It keeps me warm."

Your support helps us provide clothes to those who have just been released from prison so that they can say goodbye to their "prison blues." Your support helps us provide winter jackets to protect them from this season's frigid temperatures. #GivingTuesday give.crossinghome.org
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3 weeks ago

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What does it mean to have Crossing HOME in your life?

"It means that someone's out there that cares for me. It means that if I fall, they're there to pick me up. It means that I get a second chance in life without being alone."

As we continue our days of shopping during this holiday season, please remember that Giving Tuesday is days away. You can show the men and women Crossing HOME serves that they are not alone. You can help them have a second chance in life. Thank you for your support! #GivingTuesday

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3 weeks ago

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"...I was introduced to the sheriff by my former youth pastor as an individual he did more praying for, at the time, than pastoring."

We recently sat down with Crossing HOME founder John Henderson to learn more of his story as the pastor's son turned prodigal son. Through his own experience, John saw the real need to help men and women get back on their feet after incarceration and/or chemical dependency treatment. He wanted to offer assistance to others like himself and thus worked to found Crossing HOME.

When asked how the sheriff responded to this introduction John said, "We all chuckled and found it amusing that those with a past--and those with a colorful past--can still be a productive member of the church and local community."

You can help men and women with colorful pasts cross over to become productive members of their church and community. Remember Crossing HOME on next week on Giving Tuesday. Your donation helps provide SAFE housing, SECURE jobs, SOBER accountability, SOCIAL activities, and SPIRITUAL restoration for the people we serve.
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3 weeks ago

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We wouldn't be able to restore lives, hope, and freedom without your generous support. After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, please remember the opportunity to support the men and women of Crossing HOME on Giving Tuesday. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

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4 weeks ago

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What would a radically different criminal justice system look like? Dr. Brandon Matthews discusses why the current correctional system in the US doesn't work and what we can do about in this TedX Talk.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmvrBGmu9k4

Mark your calendars for next Tuesday! You can stand beside those completing chemical dependency treatment and/or exiting the criminal justice system. You can give them a hand up to become valued and productive members of their community.In the United States, 67% of inmates released from prison will return having committed a new crime within three years. Simply put, the criminal justice syste...
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4 weeks ago

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Do you plan your gift giving during the holiday season? If so, you probably know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Have you heard about "Giving Tuesday"? That's when people across America are reminded to help those in need by giving special holiday donations to ministries, charities, and nonprofits they love. This year, on Tuesday, November 27, please remember to give to Crossing HOME. Provide a valuable "hand up" to men and women exiting treatment or incarceration (see the short video from our Director Kurtis Smith). Share this post to encourage your friends and family to support Crossing HOME as well: give.crossinghome.org. Thanks for your support. #GivingTuesday ... See MoreSee Less

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4 weeks ago

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Thank you so much for your generous support during Give to the Max yesterday! We truly appreciate it. Together we can help restore men and women struggling with chemical dependency treatment and/or incarceration back to their community. And we can't do it without you. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

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It's time to Give to the Max!

www.givemn.org/organization/Crossinghome

Today you can help provide SAFE housing, SECURE jobs, SOBER accountability, SOCIAL activities, and SPIRITUAL restoration for the people we serve.

Thank you for standing alongside the men and women who have struggled with chemical dependency treatment and/or incarceration. Thank you for helping them lead changed lives. Thank you for giving them hope, both now and for eternity.

www.givemn.org/organization/Crossinghome

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1 month ago

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"Life is full of curveballs, or tribulation as Jesus put it. But, he also says, '...take heart, for I have overcome the world.' I am incredibly grateful for all that you have done for me and feel so blessed that you would go to such great lengths to help me get back on my feet and become an overcomer." ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

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Today Crossing HOME is helping to host the Midwest Mentoring Collaborative ”Moving Beyond Trauma” event. Come on by and join us! ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

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Give to the Max Day is a week away! Be sure to mark your calendars for next Thursday, November 15 as Minnesota comes together to Give to the Max! We are so thankful for your support as we serve men and women completing chemical dependency treatment and/or exiting the criminal justice system. We desire all people to become valued and productive members of society. And, we can't do the work we do without you! Be sure to share with your friends who might have an interest in the work of Crossing HOME. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

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"Why should I care about people with a criminal record?"

In a recent conversation with our founder John Henderson, he answered this question:

"Most of the individuals who have a criminal record (currently 1 in 4 in America) has a record that was created while they were under the influence and did something they wouldn't normally do. If we can maintain their sobriety they're actually pretty great folks, like you and I, just trying to make it in life."

Crossing HOME operates under restorative justice. "How do we restore people back who have been punished for the mistakes they've made?"

Be sure to mark your calendars for Give to the Max on Thursday, November 15 and help Crossing HOME help those we serve maintain their sobriety and restore them back to our communities.
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