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Spring 2005 Crossroads Mission Newsletter

Spring 2005 Crossroads Mission Newsletter

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A
fter many yearsof dreaming, itis finally a reality: amedical clinic atCrossroads Mission!We are extremely proud to be able to provide this muchneeded service to thecommunity andespecially to our guests. The openingof the Crossroads Mission Health Servicesarea is a testament to the power of acommunity, and of love and compassionat work.Our dreams of providing a wide rangeof 
hope
services is becoming a reality;dreams of having various professionalservices available right here at CrossroadsMission. Services such as dental exams,eye exams, and even hair care. As other members of our community join Dr.Smock in “Sharing the Love”, we willsoon make all these dreams a reality.Another one of our dreams is to reachout to our community at a moreinteractive level. To do this, we arecurrently working on the creation of several “radio programs”. These programs are based on the 12 steps of therecovery process and include biblicalcommentaries, interviews, and personaltestimonies. Once completed, they will beavailable on our website.We feel that these programs willgreatly increase the understanding of theamazing challenges and miracles thathappen at Crossroads on a daily basis.Little by little our dreams are becoming a reality. We are grateful toGod and to our many kind friends andsupporters for making them possible.
The purpose of Crossroads Mission is to help disabled, disadvantaged and disenfranchised individuals and familiesachieve a better quality of life.
We are a 501(c)3, Private Nonprofit Organization serving the homeless, needy and poor of YumaCounty without regard to race, color, national origin, religious background, age, sex or handicap. (Alternative format andreasonable accommodations available upon request.) We depend on the contributions of concerned individuals and organizations.All contributions are tax-deductible. We are a member in good standing of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions. We partner with the State of Arizona, DES, Yuma Community Food Bank & FEMA. We do not solicit in front of stores or door to door. Pleasereport any impostors to us immediately.
News for Our Partners
is a quarterly publication for the friends and supporters of Crossroads Mission. We welcome commentsabout the content of the newsletter. If there are issues you want to hear about, please let us know.
CHARLES D.ALLEN, M.Ed.
Executive Director 
 Dreams Becoming a Reality
 
 R E S C U E 
Crossroads Mission
 
is a member of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions. www.agrm.org
 
W
ith a little remodeling,some white paint, anda doctor on board theCrossroads Mission HealthServices opened its doors for thefirst time on WednesdayFebruary 16 at 9:00 a.m.Dr. David Smock, who has been in practice in the Yuma areasince the 1990’s, has partneredwith Crossroads in reaching outto the disadvantaged, thedisabled, and the disenfranchised by volunteering his services eachWednesday from 9:00 to 11:00a.m. He will be giving physicalexams to those leaving thedetoxification stage of theRecovery Program, pre-employment screenings for residents, and general servicesto those that need it, regardlessof health coverage.Travis Hedgling,a volunteer Registered Nurse, and Marcia Glass,an NAU-Social Work Program intern, are also part of the HealthServices team. Marciasets up appointmentsthroughout the week and helps peoplewith general questions, while Travis’nursing skills come in handy for general patient screenings prior to seeing the doctor.The clinic, which used to be the Renewed Life Programdormitory, is located inside the men’s shelter just off the lobby.Though it is still receiving its final touches, it already looks and feelslike a genuine medical facility. But for now, at Crossroads Missionit sure is nice to hear, “The doctor will see you now!”
James, a Crossroads Mission resident isexamined by Dr. Smock in thenew medical clinic. (Below)R.N. Travis Hedglingchecks his blood pressure
 News for Our Partners News for Our Partners
Spring 05 Crossroads Mission Vol. 8, Issue 1
The Doctor WillSee You Now!!!
New Medical Clinic at Crossroads Mission
 
Page 2 Spring 2005 Crossroads Mission
R
igoberto Romero is a happy man.His easy demeanor and affablemanner express an inner peace andcontentment his limited command of Englishcannot. The spark of playful mischief aglowin his eyes is eclipsed only by his smilewhich is joyous, radiant, and highlycontagious. Yet, Rigo would be quick to tellyou that he had very little to do with thehappiness he feels. The credit he is quick togive to God.Rigo, 32, a native Yuman, is a CrossroadsRecovery Center success story that the entirestaff delights in. When he first came into the program he was a reserved, quiet, andreflective man given to observing rather than participating. Rigo soon found that analcohol and drug free life afforded himopportunities he had never dreamed possible.Effecting such a change was not, however,always a priority in Rigo’s life.Rigo refers to his parents as quietlyspiritual people, not given to organizedreligion. The product of a curiously extendedfamily—his parents adopted the 3 childrennext door when they were abandoned by their mother—Rigo, as many children do,followed in his older brother’s footsteps,which in this case, led to the world of drugs.Drugs ultimately yielded Rigo afoul of thelaw and he ended up on probation.A guardian angel appeared to Rigobertoat this juncture, an angel in the form of hiswife, Nannette. When Nannette discoveredthat Crossroads was more than a mission andthat it was a rehab as well, she immediatelywent, not to her husband, but rather his probation officer! Shortly thereafter, Rigofull of trepidation and concern enteredCrossroads. He has not looked back since.A high school dropout, Rigo found thatthrough the Crossroads Education Center he could obtain his GED, and during thefirst half of the four-month program, Rigodid just that. He was no longer the reservedman who had entered the ‘detox unit’.Rigo moved to the fore as a leader amongstthe other men in the program, not only inhis academic achievements, but in hisspiritual walk, as well. Not constrained bythe bondage of alcohol and drugs, Rigolooked outside the box and decided whilethe GED was good, it did not extend as far as his personal vision. He applied and wasaccepted at Arizona Western College. He begins classes this semester, taking the firststeps toward a once dreamed of career inwater treatment.Rigo graduated from the RecoveryProgram and he knows he has only begunthe road to recovery. He, too, knows thatthanks to allowing God to play afundamental role in shaping and defininghis life that anything is possible.When asked to comment on his
“You got to tell the people, tell Yuma about Crossroads; tell them it ismore than a mission.…” 
 
-Rigo
Happier and Following His Dreams!
Crossroads experience he said simply.“You got to tell the people, tell Yumaabout Crossroads; tell them it is morethan a mission. Tell them about therehab. And tell them it isn’t just aboutnot taking drugs, that it’s spiritual, too.You know what I mean?”
Yeah, Rigo, we do.
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A special Thank You goes out to the Desert LilyQuilters who raised a total of $5,587.25 for Crossroads Mission.The quilters made and raffled a queen size quiltnamed “Floral Fantasy”.Tickets were only $1.00!The money raised wasused to purchase amuch needed van for transporting guestsand clients.
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Crossroads Mission Winter 2004 Page 3
Congratulations to
 Susan Smyth
 for being awarded the CrossroadsMission’s Dove Award.Susan volunteers at the 2nd. ChanceThrift Store and her masterful touchcan be seen throughout the store. Her ability to pick out coordinating items to create beautiful and colorful displays transformed themiscellaneous room into a sales showcase - since her very first day!
Thank you Susan!!!
 It is through volunteers like you that Crossroads Mission truly makes adifference. God Bless You!
DemonstratingOutstandingVolunteerExcellence
A New Flag for Crossroads
 
T
here is a beautiful new flag flying over Crossroads Mission. It’s a veryspecial flag and Tony Smith made it possible!Last November Tony used the writing skills that he had learned at theCrossroads Education Center to write this letter to Mayor Nelson:
“My name is Tony Smith. I am currently a client in the Life Skills Programat Crossroads Mission. In short, a rehab. Crossroads Mission works to help people achieve a better quality of life. Personally, in just about a month’s time here. I’ve gone from chaos and despair to peace and hope for a better life.Thanks go to the incredible staff, the wonderful fellowship,and God.The Mission works tirelessly helping others but there isa problem and I’m praying you will help. Our American flag is tattered and torn. It’s a shame such a fineorganization as Crossroads Mission is unable to fly a new flag. I’m turning to you, Mayor Nelson, because you knowthe great things Crossroads does for this community and  you have the power to help.Thank you in advance for your time and help and mayGod bless you sir.”
His words made such an impact on the Mayor and his staff that a request was made to Congressman Raul M. Gijalva for aflag that had flown over the capitol for Crossroads Mission.Everyday a new flag flies over our nation’s capitol and is thenawarded to worthy recipients. Only 365 flags are presented per year.The request was granted and lastJanuary Congressman Grijalva came toYuma and presented the capitol flag toTony for Crossroads Mission. It was aspecial moment for Tony to see hisrequest fulfilled in such an amazing way.Congressman Grijalva commended himfor his letter and encouraged him on hisrecovery.The old flag was retired and the newone went up with the help of theAmerican Legion Color Guard during aspecial ceremony held later that sameweek. It was a prideful moment for Tony. Something to truly remember.
Crossroads Mission thanks you!
 
(Top)
Charles Craig, CRMBoard Member; TonySmith; Congressman RaulM. Grijalva; Charlie Allen,CRM Executive Director;Ema Lea Shoop, YumaDeputy Mayor; and GordonBlock, CRM EducationDirector.
(Middle)
Tony receives thenew flag fromCongressman Grijalva anddisplays it.
(Bottom)
Tony andeveryone salutes to thenew flag during thenational anthem at thespecial ceremony.

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