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ow! The first ninety days of my new position have flown by. Many of my job duties are just old hat to me. I feel at ease with many of these tasks and am very apt at MY RA E . GARLIT accomplishing them. M.Ed., LISAC Meetings, answering Executi ve Director calls for help, arranging new ministries or programs and mountains of paperwork fill each day. I have learned and been reminded of two important things. First, I have learned very quickly that I need to gain knowledge in the area of donations. Most of the programs and services of this mission rely totally on donations from supporters like you. I have tried to answer all notes and letters from donors who have written to me because I want each person to know how much we appreciate each dollar that is donated. I want to honor my responsibility as a faithful servant of God to ensure that Crossroads Mission is a good steward of all of our resources. Secondly, and most importantly, I have been reminded about prayer support of Christians who support Crossroads. I know that this mission has operated for over 45 years on the prayers of the Christian community. That has been our biggest resource. I know that each of you have prayer needs of your own. That is why we want to stand with you as your partner in prayer. P lease use the enclosed form to send us your prayer requests. We will add those requests to our P rayer P artner’s list and pray for each request we receive. You may also email us through the prayer link on our website, or at prayer @ cr oss ro ads m iss ion .org . Please to continue to remember Crossroads Mission in your prayers each day. “ The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much!” Ja mes 5:16 (KJV)
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New “Active Parenting” Class at Crossroads
Vol. 8, Issue 3
o live together with love, respect, and care while preparing children to survive and thrive in the democratic society” is the purpose of Crossroads Mission’ s new parenting class. Though the class is new and is barely in it’s second session, it has already graduated 14 students. “ This Active P arenting class has really been a blessing. It is something that Crossroads Mission definitely needed,” says Jenny Hilpert, one of three Certified P arenting Trainers at Crossroads. Jenny, Angela Scala, and Debbie Summerhill attended an intensive seminar in Show Low, Arizona where they learned about the three different styles of parenting
that are explored in the 6 week course: dictator, active parent, and doormat. Using the FLAC method, which stands for Feelings, Limits, Alternatives, and Consequences, the trainers’ goal is to guide each student on the road to becoming an active parent. This is especially important at Crossroads, where the devastating results of lack of good parenting can be seen first hand. “ It teaches parents to utilize active parenting skills on an everyday basis—it involves active communication,” emphasizes Jenny. “ It teaches them how to get over those little bumps to guide their children to the next step.” The students of this class are referred by their Case Manager and must complete the entire course as part of their program requirements. The course is also being offered to the general public as a three week seminar. For more information contact Jenny at (928) 783-9362, Ext. 33.
The Crossroads Parenting Trainers: (From right) Angela Scala; Jenny Hilpert; Jennifer Morales, soon to be certified; and Debbie Summerhill
The purpose of Crossroads Mission is to help disabled, disadvantaged and disenfranchised indiv iduals and families achieve a better quality of life. We are a 501(c)3, Private Nonprofit Organization serving the homeless, needy and poor of Yuma County without regard to race, color, national origin, religious background, age, sex or handicap. (Alternativ format and e reasonable accommodations available upon request.) We depend on the contributions of concerned indiv iduals and organizations. All contributions are tax-deductible. We are a member in good standing of the Association of G ospel Rescue Missions. We partner with the State of Arizona, DES, Yuma Community Food Bank, FEM & Cenpatico of Arizona. We do not solicit in front of stores or A door to door. Please report any impostors to us immediately. News for Our Partners is a quarterly publication for the friends and supporters of Crossroads Mission. We welcome comments about the content of the newsletter. If there are issues y want to hear about, please let us know. ou
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A Summer to Remember!
AT THE FAMILY SHELTER...
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. —Matthew 6:6 ( KJV)
Please Keep us in your daily prayers! Pray for: • All of our clients and guests
That they may first of all fi nd God’s l ove and peace and accept it for their lives, that they may fi nd s olutions to their problems and victory ov er their addicti ons.
All of Crossroads Board Members, staff, & v olunteers
That we may be able to do God’s will and do his work by helping others, that we remain s ensitive to their needs and pain, and that God may s ustain us and strengthen us both physic ally and mentally to do the best job possible.
For God to provide the res ources needed to financ e all of our programs, that our donor support and contributions continue, and that we may be good stewards of what we receive.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. —Romans 12:12 ( NIV) TOP: On their way back from summer camp. A SPECI AL THANK YOU
to the following busi ness es and indivi duals that made this s ummer camp experienc e possible: • Alliance Appr aisal Service Guy & Bec ky Par ker • AZ All Seasons A/C & heating Joe Sanc hez • Dennis Harris • D.E.S. • Yuma County Adult Drug Court • Food City • Fry's grocery Store • Michael W. Curtis Reality • Pamela Steen Kurtz • Pepsi Col a of Yuma • Realty Executi ves-Sherr y Steen-Gauthi er • Realty Executi ves-Terry Steen Schneider • Smart & Final • YMCA • & other anonymous donors
his summer could have been a sad memory for the children who stayed at the Family Shelter. Instead, it turned out to be a summer to be remembered, thanks to the exciting activities that took place all summer long. An average of 30 children per month stayed at the Family Shelter this summer. They were kept busy with arts and crafts classes, weekly trips to the public swimming pool, the Carver water park, and occasional trips to the Yuma Community Theater and to fun places like Chuck E. Cheese restaurant. Five of the children even got to go to the YMCA summer camp for a week in Prescott, Arizona! They had a wonderful time and got to meet new friends. We want to thank all of our donors. Your contributions made it a summer to remember at the Family Shelter!
LEFT: A girl enjoys a bowl of ice cream that was served by the Crossroads Mission Board of Directors. The Board members visited the shelter before their July meeting and hosted an ice cream social for all the children. LEFT BOTTOM: A boy enjoys a slice of pizza at Chuck E. Cheese restaurant. This was the last of many summer activities for the children at the Family Shelter.
Please consider helping us with: • Backpacks & school supplies for the children at the Family Shelter going back to school. • Turkeys, hams, and desserts for the upcoming 3 Days of Thanksgiving celebration • Blankets, jackets, and general warm clothing for men, women, and children for the cold months • Food for our pantry • Toilet paper • Paper towels
Fall 2005 IN HIS OWN WORDS...
AN INVITATION TO
These are the next three major events that we will be having and we would like to invite you to be a part of them! To VOLUNTEER call Jan at (928) 726-0491, Ext. 10
3 Days of Thanksgiving
Tuesday, November 22; Wednesday, November 23; & Thursday, November 24 Volunteers are needed for this event!!! This is probably our biggest event of the year. We will serve delicious feasts to hundreds of men, women, and children.
Michael: Living Life Day by Day
y name is Michael Gietzen. I am from Mt. Clemens, Michigan. I am 39 years of age. I have one brother and 9 sisters. I started working when I was 12 years old for a local farmer. At age 14 I started using marijuana and alcohol. I was able to maintain a job and party for many years. At age 18 I worked for tooling shops. In the various shops I worked, I was always promoted to a supervisory position. I always maintained a good work ethic, even while I partied on a regular basis with marijuana and alcohol. At age 27, I got married and shortly thereaft er we had one child. Our marriage lasted for six years, during which time we both partied consistently and during which cocaine was brought into the picture. We divorced in 1998. I tried dating but relationships didn’t work because of al cohol. At this point, I didn’t believe I had a problem. I became very depressed and start ed to take any drug I could get my hands on meanwhile, maintaining the same job at the tooling shop. I became very dependent on heroin and cocaine. I still drank on a daily basis. My family didn’t realize how addicted I’d become. This went on for five years. My first time in treatment was in 2003 for heroine and cocaine. I was clean for a total of 5 months before I started to drink alcohol again. I thought as long as I stayed away from the hard drugs I’d be okay. In three more months, I was full-fl edged in my addiction again. For the next year I tried to quit several times but the withdrawals were too painful. I knew I didn’t want this lifestyle anymore but I was powerless over the drugs. I needed help bad, but I was too proud to ask for it. My brother called me up from Yuma to check on me and I told him I had a drug problem. He then invited me to come live with him in Yuma and attend the Crossroads Mission rehab. Two weeks before coming to Yuma my nephew and I got into a rollover accident in his truck on our way to see the drug dealer. I had severe cuts all over my face and arms and I chose not to go to the hospital because I was so concerned on getting to the dealer’s house. We proceeded to take a cab the rest of the way. I finally arrived at the Crossroads Mission on January 30th, 2005. Through the LSP program I learned valuable tools on how to live life day by day without drugs and alcohol. I regained my spirituality and peace of mind. I now have hope and goals set for my future. I am now Kitchen Supervisor for the Crossroads Mission. This allows me to stay connected and help others while helping myself stay focused on my goals. I’m very happy with the way things are going in my life now. My relationship with my family is back to how it used to be. Thank you Crossroads Mission!
3 Days of Christmas
Tuesday, December 23; Wednesday, December 24; & Thursday, December 25 Volunteers are also needed for this event!!! Besides serving delicious feasts, we will also give out gifts to all the children on Christmas Day. There are lots of areas to help.
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“Soup-er” Celebration of Hope
Friday, February 3, 2006. This is an information and health services fair held for the needy and homeless. Make plans to have your organization be one of the presenters. For more information Contact Rene at (928) 783-9362, Ext. 30
Congratulations to Barbara Rochester,
Crossroads Mission’s Special Events and Public Relations Director, for winning the “Heart in Hand Award” for the Yuma, La Paz, and Mohave Counties. The award was presented at a gala in Phoenix. Barbara was honored for her “many contributions to community action efforts in the community”. Crossroads Mission is proud to have Barbara as part of our team!
lendon Lee Beasley has single handedly creat ed environmental art, as he calls it, on the southwest corner of Crossroads’ property. Some call it the Serenity Garden but he calls it the “Sanctuary”— his sanctuary. With rocks, boulders, plants, and materials that he found around the property, Beasley created an intricate landscaping cluster that is both interesting and relaxing to see. Beasley has success fully completed his program at Crossroads Mission and he recently moved to his own apartment. Thank you Beasley for your masterpiece!
Beasley’s Sanctuary can be seen in the corner of 10th St. & Arizona Ave.
Do you, or someone you know, have an addiction problem?
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO:
WE CAN HELP!
The Recovery Program
We offer a comprehensive drug and alcohol recovery program that includes safe, monitored detoxification and individual counseling. Call 783-9362, Ext. 22 for more information, or visit us anytime, 944 S. Arizona Ave.
For holding their 2nd. Annual GOLF SCRABBLE at Cocopah RV & Golf Resort to benefit Crossroads Mission! Thank you to all of the players and congratulations to all the winners!
We’ve made it through another summer because of you! Thank you for your generous contributions. Each summer we see the hand of God at work through your support!!! GOD BLESS YOU!
HELP US BY RECYCLING!
You can help Crossroads Mission by recycling your empty printer ink cartridges.
Simply drop them off at our administration offices on 944 S. Arizona Avenue, or at the 2nd. Chance offices on 2291 E. Palo Verde St. Or, you may request to have recycling bags dropped off at your company or organization to be picked up once full. We will send the cartridges off for recycling and get a small profit in return. So don’t forget—RECYCLE!
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Memorial & Honorable Gifts
In Memory Of Archie Mellon Archie Mellon Archie Mellon Bruce Walker Ethel Colby Jim Piawlock Joan Bryce Michael Smith Michael Smith Michael Smith Michael Smith Michael Smith Michael Smith Michael Smith Michael Smith The Kind Gift Of Alma Rosalie Morgan Betty June Johnson Charles & Sharon Craig Dolores Fram John & Mary Whitlock Charles & Sharon Craig Desert Lakes Homeowners Assoc. Dan & Vicky Ross Dr. & Mrs. Dante Martin Ichiko Soma Jean R. Glass Joe & Janet Carter Jr. Mark & Martha Hughes Mary G. Hellums Ms. Of ellia Jaime
Statistics for the Last 3 Months
KITCHE N Meals FAM . S helte r Bed Night s Indiv iduals Children MEN’S Shelte r Bed Night s Indiv iduals RECOVE RY Indiv iduals Graduates EDUCATION MAY 05 9,628 MAY 05 1,039 46 23 MAY 05 1,138 160 MAY 05 68 12 MAY 05 92 1,008.25 JUN 05 9,630 JUN 05 1,026 48 33 JUN 05 1,116 153 JUN 05 75 4 JUN 05 91 1,016.50 JUL 05 10,482 JUL 05 949 57 30 JUL 05 1,109 124 JUL 05 87 9 JUL 05 73 1,016.75
Every effort is done to assure that all the names in this “Memorial & Honorable Gifts” section are correct. W e apologize for any errors that may have occurred.
A SPECI AL THANK YOU! In July, staff members Bob Merritt, Treatment Director; Bill Esmeier, Finance Director; My ra Garlit, Executive Director; and Gene Dalbey, Crossroads Mission Board Chairperson; attended a community forum f acilitated by Senator Robert Cannell and Representativ e Amanda Aguirre. (Representative Russ Jones was not available due to a previous engagement.) Sev eral Behav ioral Health agencies shared needs and plans f or the f uture in the Y uma area with the new Regional Behav ioral Health Authority, Cenpatico of Arizona. This meeting titled Service Delivery, A Community Dialog Meeting was a great tool f or exchange between the agencies that are all working to improv e our community. Crossroads Mission thanks Senator Cannell and Representative Aguirre for the time they spent on organizing and facilitating this important meeting.
Student s Hours Studied GE D’s Serenity House Bed Night s Indiv iduals Giving Clot hes Furnit ure
31 GED’s total for the 2004-2005 fiscal year MAY 05 279 9 MAY 05 1,555 129 JUN 05 267 9 JUN 05 3,209 183 JUL 05 202 8 JUL 05 2,223 139
You Can Receive a Tax Credit When You Donate to Us
will be gone shortly. It won’t be long before we start filing our taxes for this year. Remember that A.R.S. Section 43-1088, designed to help the working poor, is still in place. This allows you to donate up to $200 to Crossroads BILL ES M EIE R Mission and declare it as a tax credit CFO & Director of on your state taxes. That’s right! Development You can receive up to $200 back from Arizona as a tax refund when you itemize your deductions. You do need to have paid to Arizona at least the amount you donate. It’s not to early to plan ahead for your 2005 income tax return. Remember the deadline: December 31, 2005. Send your donation along with this completed form today! For more inform ation call Bill at (928) 783-9362, Ext. 19.
TAX C REDIT DONATION CARD
Crossroads Mission * P .O. Box 1161 * Yuma, AZ 85366-1161
Participants Name: __________________________________________
Last Name First Name MI
Social Security # ____________________
(For Tax Records Only)
Phone # _______________
Address: __________________________________________________ City, State, Zip: ____________________________________________
Participating donations will be used for covering general expenses of Crossroads Mission, a 501 C(3) organization. The maximum Arizona State tax credit is $200 per year, which is determined on the base you established previously, in donating to charitable nonprofit organizations. These donations are pursuant to A.R.S. Section 43-1088. Donations must be postmarked or delivered to Crossroads Mission by December 31, 2005 to be claimed as a credit for this year.
Amount: _______________ Check Number: ___________
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Vice Chairman Secretary
Sarah Lydick Ralph Williams
Ema Lea Shoop
Chris Hoppstetter Dennis Krill Doug Mellon Jerry Wright Joanne Jett John Wiser Mario Ybarra Rev. Rick Seltzer Tom Anderson Tom Mannan
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Joanne Stover Margene Johnson Mel Swanson Mike Friends Mildred McNeal P aul Bensel P aul Heebink Stewart Bradshaw
Anthony Young Atilio Giangreco Bill Buster Bonnie Bean Caryl Stanley
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