Cross-Lines strives to measure our efforts and programs toward achieving our mission:
We believe that no one should go hungry, however we also believe
nutritious and healthy foods are the best way to truly alleviate hunger and
improve health issues facing our community.
Ultimately, Cross-Lines aims to transition our basic
hunger relief initiatives to nutritional hunger relief initiatives that will support a healthier
community. We will have a targeted
change in each of our daily meal options and ensure that each meal contains
fresh produce, low sodium, and low-fat options. Through this program, we will educate our volunteers and donors on the
detrimental health outcomes facing Wyandotte County and provide resources so
that our volunteers will be able to prepare and serve healthier foods in the
community annex. We will also implement internal
policy changes which will limit unhealthy food donations.
We monitor results in three ways:
In 2015, Cross-Lines provided utility assistance to 261 families and rent assistance to 35 families, allowing families to remain together in their homes.
Just a few months ago, Isabella was about to become a mother at age 21. She was scared, alone, hungry and broke.
Having escaped a bad relationship, the young mother was struggling to find a job while also facing an eviction notice and the prospect of living on the streets when she came to Cross-Lines for help.
At Cross-Lines, Isabella found a safety net of services to help she and her newborn baby avoid life on the street.
Thanks to Cross-Lines, Isabella received rent assistance for a few months to allow her to remain in her apartment while she had her baby and got back on her feet.
Isabella was able to get food to sustain her from our food pantry. She received basic necessities like soap and shampoo from Cross-Lines Hope Totes program. She was searched for and applied for jobs online at Cross-Lines.
Isabella’s case manager also arranged for her to receive a monthly bus pass and participate in a local job fair. Isabella learned about basic household budgeting in our Education Program.
While she has a long road ahead, Isabella is not alone. She has Cross-Lines on her side to help her find a fresh start for she and her new baby.
As a social service agency with a focus on self-sufficiency, long-term success of our programs is reflective of our mission, which is to provide people affected by poverty with basic services and opportunities that encourage self-confidence and self-sufficiency. Christmas Store serves the meaningful times in the lives of families and are carefully designed to enhance, not diminish, the event and the self-respect of family members.
Participants in these classes and groups will develop skills and behaviors that support self-sufficiency and self-determination. They will utilize these skills and behaviors to break away from poverty and will have a positive impact on the lives of their families and children.
Our ultimate goal is to eliminate
the need of the individuals and families to seek future services from Cross-Lines
or other community service agencies, thus helping the family become more
self-sufficient. By providing educational opportunities, we will be
equipping our clients with the tools they need to improve their current
financial situation, set and achieve reachable goals for their career and job
searches, make needed changes in their lives, and ultimately end the cycle of
poverty for themselves and their families.
“I’m so glad you all were here for me,” a recent client said. It sounds so simple. But many people served by Cross-Lines are totally alone, without the strong extended family support so many of us are blessed with, including myself.
But Cross-Lines is that support system for people trying to escape poverty. Cross-Lines provides a safe haven for people to go when they are at their most vulnerable. I see every day how our compassion for the poor touches, changes and even saves lives.
Thanks to our supporters, Cross-Lines is here to help those trying to overcome what seem to be insurmountable obstacles. From the smallest deeds of a warm meal and a hot shower to helping someone escape a life of homelessness, Cross-Lines makes someone who has been through a tough time feel cared for and valued. Life change begins here.
Despite the turbulent times in our country right now, there is so much our supporters can feel good about. Our supporters are changing and saving lives every day. Our supporters have helped us build a brighter future. Together we can marvel at the progress on our new building each day, thanks to our supporters. I encourage you to like our Facebook page so you can watch the building go up week by week. It is such a blessing to be a part of Cross-Lines during this time, and I’m grateful to share with our supporters the joy of helping those in need.
The Executive Director of Cross-Lines is Susila Jones, MSW. Susila has her Bachelor and Master degrees in Social Work from the University of Kansas. Susila has been with Cross-Lines since 2009. She began as a case manager and later became Director of Programs and Services, overseeing all client programs and services at Cross-Lines. In 2014, Susila transitioned to her current position as Executive Director. Her role in all levels of services and administration at Cross-Lines gives Susila a unique and comprehensive experience to ensure quality services for our clients and dedication to the mission of Cross-Lines.
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