Volunteer!

Volunteer!

You can make a difference.

The Crossing runs on the feet of its mostly volunteer staff. From the smiling face at our front desk to a compassionate peer counselor to those way below the scene in our basement sorting baby clothes – these are the people that have the greatest impact on the often struggling people who come through our doors every day.

Do you hear a calling? Listen to what our volunteer, Linda Underwood, says about coming to The Crossing click for video

We always need help packaging and sorting pantry supplies, folding and organizing baby clothes, greeting clients at our front desk and a long list of office tasks. If you are interested in training, you might become a peer counselor working with clients in our Earn While You Learn Program or school presenter visiting classrooms with our Healthy Relationships Program.

Training session: Sat., April 16, 9am-3pm

Are you listening? Are you being called to help?

Contact us for more information.

Change a Life!

Join the Baby Bottle Campaign

Here’s how to help:

  • Pick up a baby bottle on Mother’s Day May 8
  • Fill it with donations
  • Return it on Father’s Day June 19

You can get a bottle at participating local churches or call us at The Crossing 973.4357.

We Love….

At The Crossing, our ministry is all about loving our community. We work to build stronger families through parenting classes, resource referrals, pregnancy tests, loving guidance and unconditional acceptance.

Because of you….

All our services are free. Families facing unplanned pregnancy have someplace to turn to for information. Your donations fill our supply pantry, provide a safe environment for peer counseling, offer free pregnancy verification at our Medical Clinic. Every bit helps.

For more information about our Baby Bottle Campaign check out this video. Consider showing it to your church or small group, too.

Check out our “Get Involved” pages click here for more ways to participate in our ministry.

Building strong families

Building strong families – one kid at a time

At The Crossing, we are so happy to be able to partner with other local organizations promoting early childhood development programs. Experiences during the first five years have a lasting impact on later learning, health and success.

These community initiatives strengthen families, reduce abuse and ensure good health and developmental milestones are achieved. As a result, we are all blessed.

Our staff is certified to administer ASQ “Ages and Stages Questionnaires” and works with the Investing Early Committee of Manitowoc County. This screening program for kids aged 2 months to 4 years is widely used to identify children with developmental needs early on and get families connected to appropriate support services.

Are you concerned about your child?

Contact us for more information: office@crossingmanitowoc.org

Check out these helpful links:

Investing Early

Lakeshore CAP

 

 

Our client’s stories are a blessing!

We are so grateful for our clients! Often, or even most of the time, we feel we receive a greater blessing from them than they from us. We are especially grateful when they share their stories, for they are an inspiration to all of us.

Do you have a story to share? Go to our “About Us – Stories” page.

Karla tells us: I recommend The Crossing to anyone that’s pregnant, is a mom, or just needs someone to listen to them. The women I talk to have come to know all about me. The staff are God’s treasures. 

Our Home of Restoration begins a new story of hope

Praise the Lord! Our long dreamed-for “Home” is beginning its path to fruition.

For seven years we have dreamed of providing a “Home of Restoration” for single women who have demonstrated a desire to work toward a life change. We are blessed that an anonymous donor has purchased a home for us. Now, the City Council has approved a conditional use permit so that we can begin the necessary modifications to accommodate our clients.

Do you know someone who needs our services? Contact us to find out more about this ministry.

We are working on programming and renovation and look forward to welcoming our first families.  We believe our Home of Restoration will have life changing impact on many – our clients, neighbors and the greater community. Please pray that our home would restore many to God's good intent for their lives.

Bullying – what can you do?

Bullying – what can you do?

It can be an adolescent and teen nightmare. At The Crossing, we’ve been trying to help.

The Crossing has been teaching Real Essentials at Southfield Townhouses since September one time a week. We have 16 eight to twelve year old girls participating. These girls noticed bullying happening as they were walking home from school and it was escalating.

One of the girls presented her class with a bullying box where bullying can be reported anonymously. We are now considering a “kind words” box to overcome the effects of bullying.

The school guidance counselor has taken this seriously and  is now escorting the walkers home from school between Monroe and Southfield daily. The kids are feeling safer as we work toward respecting and trusting authority and realizing adults can be our safety nets to trust and talk to.

Are you concerned about kids' healthy relationships? Call us and talk to Kris Annie about programs that might help.

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday January 17

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday January 17

How you can help – get involved:

  • Diaper Drives - our pantry disseminates over 1600 diaper each month through our Earn While You Learn Program.
  • Donate -- $100 provides a free ultrasound which is likely to influence a mother to choose life.
  • Volunteer -– be the face of our ministry to the community as a peer counselor or office staff.

Join us:

January 17, 6pm

Candlelight Remembrance

Manitowoc County Courthouse

Reception at The Crossing to follo

Sanctity of Life Sunday January 17

Here’s why we’re observing Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, January 17…

This is an uncomfortable topic. Most of us would rather not talk about it. But, our local churches need to begin the discussion – and education, for the sake of our children.

Forty two years of legalized abortions has taken the lives of over 57 million.  In Manitowoc County abortion takes the lives of 76-80 children per year.  In comparison to other states that doesn’t sound too bad, but consider four kindergarten classes each year that are missing in our county because of abortion.  

Russell Moore, Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary relates…

“I hate Sanctity of Human Life Sunday because I'm reminded that we have to say things to one another that human beings shouldn't have to say. The very fact that these things must be proclaimed is a reminder of the horrors of this present darkness.

 But I also love Sanctity of Human Life Sunday when I think about the fact that I serve a congregation with ex-orphans all around, adopted into loving families. I love to reflect on the men and women who serve every week in pregnancy centers for women in crisis. And I love to see men and women who have aborted babies find their sins forgiven, even this sin, and their consciences cleansed by Christ.

 We'll always need Christmas. We'll always need Easter. But I hope, please Lord, someday soon, that Sanctity of Human Life Day is unnecessary.”

Dr. Moore is the author of The Kingdom of Christ: The New Evangelical Perspective (Crossway, 2004) and Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches (Crossway, May 2009). Visit his website at RussellMoore.com.

Our Annual Fundraiser blessed us in many ways.

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to those who attended and gave generously and to those who, unable to attend, still gave generously. We are gratified by your support and thank you on behalf of our many clients who benefit from your gifts.

Were you unable to attend? Go to our “GIVE” page and make a gift to our ministry now.

Dan Allender, our speaker, brought focus, clarification and inspiration to our audience – but especially to our staff and volunteers. His comments about Hosea’s faithfulness to an unfaithful wife reminds us of God’s unconditional, boundless love.

Pastor Chris Gilbert brought our call to action forward, inviting guests to contribute, consider and commit to the Crossing.

One attendee who sent his gift in advance of the evening told us that the program was so compelling that he felt called to give an additional gift. How the Lord works!

Remember, a gift of any size can make a difference in our community:

$25.00 buys a can of formula

$110 funds supplies for a pregnancy test with early prenatal education

$245 supports an ultrasound -- 93% of women who view their unborn child on ultrasound choose life

$520 funds the purchase of current and relevant educational programs for parents.

 

Se habla espanol!

Se habla espanol!

What a blessing our Belinda is! As our Center Director, she has a plethora of duties to begin with. As a native Spanish speaker, she’s taken on additional service to our Hispanic community.

Most of our literature and many of our Earn While You Learn study guides are now available in Spanish. We have a lively and active English as a Second Language class going on. Improving language skills empowers our clients to integrate into the community, schools and neighborhoods as they develop parenting techniques and earn supplies to care for their families.

"Our learners' main goal is to be able to communicate with their children's teachers at school and along the way they are learning expressions for everyday life,” Belinda comments. “For example we've been working on how to politely ask to speak to someone when calling an office or placing an order over the phone. More and more they come to class asking: How do you say...? This shows how English is becoming part of the way they think!"

We estimate that 15% (and increasing!) of our clients are Hispanic, most with limited English language ability. Many local non-profits servicing our community don’t have the talent or resources to offer bi-lingual communications, so we believe we are filling a vital service opportunity. We are working closely with the Adult Literacy Program at the Manitowoc Public Library and appreciate the training and materials they have provided.

Have you used our bi-lingual services? Tell us about it on Facebook.

Do you know someone needing our services? Contact us today.

Our theme: We LOVE....

Find encouragement for our work – at our annual fundraiser

We are anxiously looking forward to The Crossing’s Annual Fundraiser, “We Love!” and we hope you will join us:

                Saturday, November 7 at 6pm

              Franciscan Music Center, Silver Lake College

Here’s your opportunity to support our programs with your presence and your gifts and share how “We Love!” our community.  We’ll present a short program about our work, plans for the new Park Place Home of Restoration, client testimonials and encouragement by our keynote speaker Dr. Dan B. Allender.

Prominent Christian therapist, author, professor and speaker, Dr. Allender trains counseling professionals and leaders to provide hope and healing opportunities following trauma and abuse.  He’ll provide insight into how our own new counseling program works to transform lives, fostering redemption and healing in individuals, couples and community. We pray his experienced insight will help us engage in this important outreach to those who need us.

Can you join our effort?

Donate now: https://www.servicenetwork.com/olg/trc/Donate.asp?Frequency=Monthly

RSVP: office@crossingmanitowoc.org

Checkout our video blog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP6y3JBH2Fs

 

No worries! Get free STI/STD testing at The Crossing Clinic.

Have you wondered about sexually transmitted infections/diseases (STI/STD)? You probably should. Local clinics report increasing numbers of infections.

The good news is testing has gotten easier. Now it’s a simple urine test. Testing services at The Crossing are free, confidential and non-judgemental.

All STIs are treatable. Most are curable. Regular testing and early diagnosis are really important.

Who should be tested? Anyone who’s sexually active and especially those with multiple partners. Since you’ll often experience no symptoms, you should be tested regularly. Otherwise, you could be a carrier without knowing it.

What’s the test like? It’s a simple pee-in-the-cup urine test. We’ll ask only a few questions about your sexual history and whether you have any current symptoms.

What happens if I have an STI? We can refer you for appropriate treatment.

What if I don’t get treatment? Advanced infections can be serious. They are more difficult to treat and could affect your future plans for a family. Don’t risk it – plan to get tested.

How do I make an appointment? Call The Crossing Medical Clinic at 920.973.4346.

Navigating relationships – tough on teens

This is a confusing, if not harrowing, life stage for teens and their families. Media influences propel kids into a sexualized, hook-up culture. Relationships have devolved to tweet, text and snapchat blips. Family communications struggle. So does education.

We’re trying to help with compelling, practical middle school programs. And here’s what some of our teens are saying:

“This definitely makes me think twice about my decisions (relationships). I will continue to keep my own boundaries!”

"Now I see the consequences of sex and having it without being married. I really hope to take that advice throughout my life."

 "I think many of my relationships may actually be toxic, even if I can't see it or analyze it."

“I now know that sex can be a dangerous choice. I know how to avoid sex and sexual activity wherever I am. I know how to say NO! I want people to know about this. Everyone needs to know this so they don't screw up their life."

If your school or youth group is looking for material, we can help. Email us at office@crossingmanitowoc.org or see our “Contact us” page.  

 

Have you seen our Boutique and Pantry?

Merchandise is flying out of our Boutique and Pantry! Baby clothes, toys and accessories, diapers, formula are “earned” by clients doing their best to provide for their families.

Downtown shoppers are attracted to our lively and inviting storefront. Browsers often walk in asking to shop. However our Boutique is strictly for our clients. Participating in our Earn While You Learn Program, they “earn” a shopping allowance by sharing in group discussions, watching videos about pregnancy and baby care or reading and commenting on website articles. Our programs are structured to enable parents to provide for their families while they develop healthy parenting and life skills.

We are grateful for our community’s donations. Gifts significantly defray our limited budget for supplies. During these challenging economic times, our client base has expanded significantly as has the need for the materials we provide.

Each month we disseminate over 2100 diapers. Our supplies are a lifeline to many needy families. But, more important are the parenting skills acquired through our associated programs. Our clients say….

…. The Earn While You Learn Program makes me feel really good about myself because as I learn to become a better parent I am able to provide for my children through The Crossing Boutique. 

…. The Earn While You Learn program made it possible for me to stay in school, because I could get diapers and wipes and clothes for my child through boutique rewards.

Can you help? Check out our “Opportunities to Get Involved” page:

http://crossingmanitowoc.squarespace.com/communitypartners/

 

WALK for Life -- our fundraiser

Walk for Life

a Fundraiser for The Crossing

Aug. 15, 2015 9-11am

Mariner’s Trail, Manitowoc 

Download the Event Brochure by Clicking Here!

There are lots of ways to spend a Saturday morning – but here’s one that will do a lot of good, too. 

Fun, non-athletic, our WALK for Life is a great opportunity for small groups, lunch bunches or study buddies to make a difference for a segment of our local community where the need is significant. Walk participants are encouraged register in advance and to engage friends and family as sponsors and contributors. 

The Crossing provides life affirming help to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies. They offer free ultrasound exams at the Medical Clinic. The Earn While You Learn program teaches healthy parenting techniques and life skills which strengthen families.   

As a local non-profit, The Crossing depends on the support of donors. A $100 contribution could provide 10 families with diapers, baby wipes and clothing. A $50 contribution keeps a door open to serve a new client needing help and guidance. 

Dedicated to supporting our community, all of The Crossing’s services are free and confidential. Programs are designed to promote independence rather than entitlement.  

Local participation can make a difference. Pledge to walk. Ask friends and family for their support. Find out more about helping to stock The Crossing’s pantry or boutique. Contact The Crossing for more information.

office@crossingmanitowoc.org

920.973.4357

 

COUNSELING. Don’t be afraid to ask.

Having a baby is about the most difficult job in the world. No one can do it alone.

Our clients come to us in tremendous need. Here’s one story….

 Recently, I lost my baby boy to foster care, but I am still meeting with my counselor, working to make the changes necessary to become the mother I want to be.  Together with my counselor and other agencies I am setting goals and taking steps that will make my heart’s dream come true. The Crossing has helped me to gain confidence in myself, knowing that I am valuable as a person and am able to become the wonderful mother I want to be.  The Crossing is the quiet place I can go when things are overwhelming, to have someone listen and help me get things on track, whether in my relationships or working on parenting and planning for a better future.

Managing pregnancy and preparing to raise a family brings great joy – along with an overwhelming sense of responsibility. We are relieved that we can offer our community these free services – for the need is very great. You will be a better parent if you feel stable and healthy yourself.

Call to find out more.  920.973.4357

 

DIAPERS! DIAPERS! Needed everywhere!

We have such great community partners. We couldn’t keep our pantry supplied without them. Just about the time we get concerned that we’re down to our last couple packages of size 3’s or almost out of wipes, someone pulls up and unloads a trunk full of products for us.


Many of our church partners plan annual diaper drives. Sometimes an organization or business collects contributions for us at an event. Thoughtful friends ask for diapers instead of gifts at birthday parties. Then there are our “angels” who respond to an impromptu social media plea for size 3’s.

 

We are blessed by all of these resources.

 

In an average month, we distribute over 2100 diapers through our Earn While You Learn Program. This program helps prepare current and expecting parents with educational videos about prenatal development, infant health, parenting techniques and life skills. Participation earns “dollars” that can be redeemed for baby supplies and clothing from our Boutique and Pantry. 

 

Program Director Kris Annie Jacobs emphasizes, “We believe in empowering parents to care for their families themselves. This program is designed to support and develop, as well as aid families in need.”

Can you donate diapers or run a diaper drive? Call us for more information. 920.973.4357

Our Concerns About Prom Night

At The Crossing of Manitowoc County, we are very concerned with promoting healthy relationships. Prom time seems to present particular risks for teens.  Our poster and outreach programs are intended to raise awareness of some of the potential risky behaviors often attached to prom night.  We hope that these posters will remind and encourage teens to embrace healthy responsible behaviors so that prom will be a “night to remember not a night to regret.”

Our goal is to prepare teens for the situations they might be facing and prompt them to consider in advance how they plan to respond. Many kids report that they simply followed the crowd during the evening and ended up in uncomfortable situations – drinking, drugs, hotel rooms, sexual encounters – where they felt they didn’t have the opportunity to make a considered choice about what to do, or not. As a result, many prom nights result in regrettable situations, for both genders. Our intention is to help teens prepare for this. And we’re here to help after the fact, too. 

The Crossing offers counseling and educational programs for women and men facing unexpected pregnancy. We offer a series of classroom programs presented in area middle and high schools with lively discussions about dating and relationships. Our educational Earn While You Learn Program gives parents the opportunity to develop parenting skills; participation earns “dollars” that can be redeemed for baby supplies and clothing. Our Clinic provides free pregnancy verification and limited ultrasound exams.

We are a non-profit, Christian- based organization.  Our mission is to offer life-affirming help to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies, to provide services that will strengthen families – teen parents as well as other families in need of support.

An everyday need...

Clients come to our door in tremendous need.

One morning a young woman came in crying that her two-month-old had been placed in Child Protective Services. She felt devastated, condemned and alone. She asked for prayer, for help.

A pregnant teen complained, “Since my mother became involved with her new boyfriend, she hardly notices me and her boyfriend doesn’t like me being around. So, I’ve moved in with my boyfriend. At least his mother pays attention to me.”

Our programs are helping through counseling, relationship building programs and parent education programs like Earn While You Learn.

Jean’s husband is in jail. She is unemployed, a drug addict and mother of a six-month-old. She admits her life is a mess, she has no money and struggles to feed and diaper her baby. As we talked with her about programs and resources that could help, her eyes welled with tears and she asked, “Why are you being so nice to me?” 

These are not an usual story.  Real people in our community need help.  Can you volunteer?  Can you provide resources?  Don't be afraid to call on us for help or to call on us to volunteer.