Crossroad Ministries to open up transitional house
The Crossroads Ministries Board of Directors approved opening an all-male home in a building Crossroads owns and it is set to open in about two and a half to three months.
According to Jimmy Moore, who spearheaded the project and a recent member of the Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board, the house will be called the Bezalel house, which is Hebrew for under the wing of protection of God.
The home is for those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction needing a structured and safe environment, said Crossroads Executive Director Cherri Farrell.
It will provide a place for people to live without having to go back to an environment where substances are readily available and they can learn to live without them, she said.
Farrell said Crossroads and county agencies have been talking about the need for a transitional house for a long time and now Crossroads is working with county agencies to make it happen.
“It’s time to do something,” she said.
In the past two years, Farrell said Crossroads, a faith-based ministry, has been approached about starting a transitional home, but the timing wasn’t right, nor was there someone willing to take on the project.
But Farrell said she takes on the motto, “See a need, fill a need,” and if God provides someone like Moore, Crossroads can do it.
Moore said, “God put it (transitional house) on my heart and I have seen the need in the community.”
After God laid the subject of a transitional home on his heart, Moore said he began asking questions of the right people and agencies.
He said, “The agencies were ready, Crossroads was ready and the community is in desperate need.”
However, Moore said if he hadn’t been in the unique position of having contact with all the agencies, including Crossroads, God would have provided someone else to get the project going.
A transitional house will also help recovering addicts’ transition back to being productive members of society.
Moore said a lot of people involved in addiction withdraw from society. By living in the transitional house, they will learn social skills, how to deal with day-to-day issues and build self-esteem.
Farrell said the main clientele will be people coming out of rehabilitation or prison.
The home will house six people and each person must complete an assessment by the Lassen County Alcohol and Drug Department, who will determine who qualifies to enter the home, Moore said.
When an individual becomes part of the home, he must be willing to be involved with a recovery program, attending Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings, participating in counseling with Alcohol and Drug and Mental Health, whatever an individual needs to be successful in recovery.
“We want them to succeed and every plan is individualized,” Farrell said.
Members of the transitional home must obtain and maintain employment, do daily chores, participate in community service and will have curfews, Moore said.
Residents will not be allowed to stay overnight someplace else unless they receive permission and must be done seven days in advance so all the agencies involved are notified, Moore said.
No outsiders are allowed on the property without permission from Crossroads management, unless it is Alcohol and Drug counselors, parole or probation officers or Crossroads staff.
Unless stipulated by Alcohol and Drug, parole, probation and the courts, a member of the transitional house may stay as long as they want if they are progressing and involved with recovery programs, Farrell said.
The longer the stay, the greater the success, she said.
Moore will be serving as house manager and providing on-site supervision, but said the goal is, once the house is up and running and clients are working in a program and making visible progress identified by the agencies involved, a client may become the house manager, while Moore becomes the facilitator.
Although Farrell said Crossroads does not have the funding yet, the initial start-up of the house will be based on donations given to Crossroads from the community and Crossroads is also contracting with other agencies in the county who will pay for a client to get into the house.
Once the member obtains a job he will begin paying rent and the house will become self-sustaining, Moore said.
The house will have a kitchen, living room and dining room, but Farrell said it will be an open house and won’t have a lot walls.
Partitions will be used for privacy and individual space, rather than closeable doors, except for the bathroom, and no one will have separate bedrooms, but Farrell said it won’t be a dormitory type setting but will have a home-style atmosphere.
Moore describes the atmosphere of the house being one big family and the members will be eating a lot of meals together.
If members in the community would like to contribute to the transitional house, Farrell said the home needs to be furnished and items needed include beds, couches, food items, plates, silverware and personal hygiene items. Donations may be dropped off at Crossroads.
If anyone would like to contribute funding for the home, they may drop it off at Crossroads Ministries for a tax-deductible donation.
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