Crossroads Celebrates 15 Years

Date Posted: 2/9/2017

Crossroads at Park Place celebrated their 15-year anniversary of ministering to the homeless and poor in Southeast Houston with a luncheon to honor their founders and long-time volunteers.  For the first 14 years of operation Crossroads was 100% volunteer run!  It was only recently that the first employee was hired.  Volunteers are the heart and engine of Crossroads.  These dedicated individuals run the programs and provide all services to the participants.  Volunteers come from all over Houston: from La Porte to Clear Lake to Pasadena to River Oaks to Cypress, Texas.   Many of Crossroads’ participants also volunteer each day.  Crossroads believes that their participants are partners in ministry and one of their greatest assets. 
Crossroads opened its doors on October 31, 2001 with a simple mission:  to provide services to promote the health, hygiene and dignity of persons experiencing homelessness and poverty in Southeast Houston.  Their goal is to restore dignity to those who have been marginalized and forgotten by society.  Crossroads equips their participants to overcome barriers to a successful re-entry into society by providing not only for basic needs and social services, but building relationships founded on love, respect, and dignity which is the birthright of all people.  Crossroads provides long-term stability and accountability to a community of faith that believes we all need transformation, and transformation comes through the love of Christ.
 
On that first day in 2001 eight clients were served.  Today Crossroads serves over 200 persons each Tuesday and Thursday.  They offer a hot breakfast and lunch, showering facilities, laundry service, hygiene packages, computer terminals, a mailing address, Bible study, AA meetings and much more.  Clothing items including shoes, pants, socks, belts, underwear, blankets and backpacks are some of the items distributed to clients.   The majority of the items distributed are received through donations.  Additionally Crossroads’ partner agencies provide onsite services including medical and mental health services, employment counseling and training, housing assistance, food stamps, gold cards, haircuts and more.
 
The vision for Crossroads at Park Place evolved from a group of pastors and parishioners from three churches in Southeast Houston— Park Place United Methodist Church (now Servants of Christ United Methodist Parish), St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Glenbrook United Methodist Church.  Today over 35 churches of many denominations support Crossroads with their prayers, presence, gifts and service.     
Crossroads at Park Place is located at 3827 Broadway in Houston, Harris County, Texas 77017 in the Activity Center of Servants of Christ United Methodist Parrish.  They are open each Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
If you would like to volunteer, donate or just come by and visit Crossroads contact Jarvis Taylor (713-478-0083) or Pamela Fulbright-Scheyer (713-869-9898)