Crossroads Ministry continued their annual Easter Blessing event on Thursday, April 1st providing Easter Blessing Boxes to local families going through difficult times. This special food distribution is held every year along with Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Lyons is in Boulder County and served by the Lyons Emergency & Assistance Fund of Lyons. But some services require that the client be a Boulder County resident. That is where Crossroads comes in for those in Larimer County, such as Pinewood Springs, Glen Haven, Drake and Big Elk.
This April, approximately 85 families attended the drive-through food distribution event at the Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church, Estes Park. The boxes contained a large uncooked dinner that included either a turkey or ham, plus fresh vegetables, a pie, and related fixings.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO RUN THE SERVICE
Message from: Brian Schaffer, Executive Director at Crossroads
Last week was filled with productive activity as I met people to discuss their involvement in the work we’re doing. Some were donors, volunteers, government workers, pastors, teachers, and business owners.
On Wednesday, I started my day with a Peer Support training workshop for members of the fire department who serve with me on this team. Later that same day, I made a presentation to a group of 40 elementary students on the importance of asking for helping and responding to those who need help. I’m grateful to Anna Weddle for the opportunity to be with the kids.
On Friday, I met with Terry Leija who teaches second graders in town and coordinates the Estes Park program that was sending out food bags on the weekends prior to COVID-19. Together with the school social worker and a handful of volunteers we’re going to get food flowing again. Thank you to those who have already let me know that you’d like to volunteer for this.
My Friday night concluded by enjoying some Cajun food at a volunteer’s house, and then I went to the fire station to participate in our Annual Awards banquet. It was quite different this year, but very enjoyable…
We have an incredibly talented group of individuals who serve our community! Thank you for being one of them and supporting our efforts at Crossroads.
Services Provided in 2020 (the year of COVID)
==Family Support in 2020
A 65% increase in families served (365 vs 562)
562 families (1,096 unduplicated individuals, 743 adults – 353 children)
==Seasonal Needs: 125 families served with Bright Christmas, which supplied 136 children with bookpacks full of school supplies. Adults could go to the “coat closet;” where 482 coats and winter gear were given out through a partnership with Village Thrift Shop.
==Rent and Mortgage payments made: 217 payments were made in the sum of $200,728.
91 electric, gas water, utility bills paid: $28,162.
==Food Pantry: 150,668 pounds of food
7,146 meals delivered through Meals on Wheels program
224 food boxes distributed at Thanksgiving
==Volunteer Hours: 7,976 (contact them to join the friendly team!) – They continue to do “drive up” service for the Food Pantry. People stay in their car, while a volunteer comes to their window to find out their needs.
OFFERING GUIDANCE to the PUBLIC: There are also educational, instructional workshops and programs, such as how to manage your money, and energy conservation inspection and recommendations. — Family Guidance workshops and classes (or with partner agencies) to help families become more self-sustaining. –Nutritional education to help develop healthy eating habits through workshops and materials.
Crossroads Ministry MISSION: to practice Christian love by providing basic human services to Estes Valley residents in need. Crossroads Ministry is a private, non-profit corporation.
This year’s food and basket goodies came from several donors: including the Larimer County Food Bank and private donations from residents. Shamrock Foods donated turkeys and hams. The Country Supermarket donated many food items that also went into the box.
Crossroads has found that their service requests, including their food bank, has been double of what they normally do. (see the list) They could use your support to help them make up their funds that were stretched during the year of COVDI-19 restrictions and hardships. During April and May, a your donations will be doubled with a matching grant. Go to: www.CrossroadsEP.org /or/ their Facebook page.
If you need support, they are located at 851 Dry Gulch Rd Estes Park, CO 80517, which is 20 minutes north of Pinewood Springs. Call (970) 577-0610 or write firstname.lastname@example.org. Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 a.m. to 4p.m.; Tuesday 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; and Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Call before you come out to set up an appointment; the hours may change)