Sewing skills -- sowing skills

Think you have nothing to offer as a Crossing volunteer? Please think again.

Those real life skills and accomplishments you take for granted or simply consider fun could offer our young new mothers a lot: a little away time, a sense of accomplishment and a practical skill.

For example, here’s one special opportunity. On the second floor of our old Church school building there is a tiny room filled with fabric, cloth tape measures, scissors and batting. A couple of times a month it is also filled with accomplished women who have raised a family, navigated life and are skilled with a needle and thread. Think how valuable it is for a young mother to hear the casual conversation revealing value laden stories of day to day life, of hard but good choices, dreams deferred and family success along with the memories associated with each scrap of cloth.

All of that is part and parcel of the chatter that accompanies a group of people gathered to “quilt.” In addition, they'd learn to produce a family heirloom. In technical language, those women are practicing and celebrating the resilience learned in a loving family.

Yes, time was families did that. But times change and families right along with the times have changed; not always for the better. We know that their adverse childhood experiences have consequences for young people in their later lives. There are young women starting families, some of them alone, who would benefit from the lessons you learned from your family as they build theirs.

Teaching sewing skills might just mean you aresowing skills valuable to a young family working hard to build successful lives.

Have you got a hobby to share? Can you volunteer to work with our clients?

Call 973.4357 or email us now.


Clients make our day!

Wrapped in the Word!

The Crossing’s staff is a close knit group. And we have to be. Through our doors every day we greet brave families, struggling with and overcoming great challenges. It’s our sorrow and our joy. We start every day with prayer and scripture, for we know we’ll need this guidance to do our best service.

One of our dear, caring, thoughtful clients, Michelle, found a unique way to knit us together and wrap us up in the Word of God: she made scarves for us emblazoned with our favorite scripture!

Here we are, left to right: Annie Philippians 4.4-8, Belinda Proverbs 18.10, Sue 1 Peter 3.15, Laura Psalm 27.1.

Would you like to be part of our organization? Check out our get involved page. Or contact us now.

Diaper donations fill our pantry

Here’s a baby shower – diaper donations -- for us!

We are so grateful for our community partners who organize diaper drives to keep our pantry stocked. These donations stretch our budget, expand our services and put joy in our hearts.

One recent donation put a different spin to our usual contributions. Heather and Noah are having a baby. When their friends offered to bless them with a baby shower, they turned the blessings to us. They asked, instead of gifts for their expected child, that their friends bring diapers to donate to The Crossing.

We are so fortunate and thank these generous parents-to-be for their thoughtful gift.

Would you like to organize a diaper drive for us? Contact us.