The Journey to Successful and Sustainable Re-entry Begins Here

Men who have been imprisoned face tremendous challenges as they try to reintegrate back into society.

Returning citizens need advocates, guides, and encouraging re-entry coaches to walk alongside them upon release from prison and as they re-enter, transitioning to live out their faith in freedom.

CrossWalk Center bridges critical social services and ministry between prison life and freedom - Seamless Re-entry Discipleship from the Inside Out.

We offer hope and a future apart from broken prison life to whole-hearted intentional living as the unique individuals God originally created and intended them to be.

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The Regional Realities of Re-entry. Every day, five days a week, 245 days a year, at around 2 pm, 50 or more of the 16,300 plus individuals released annually from Texas Department of Criminal Justice prisons, arrive by bus at Houston's Midtown bus terminal.

Isolated from society and our rapidly changing world for a number of years, most ex-offenders lack the basic knowledge of what to do after release. They do not know who to trust or who to turn to for help.

They do not know how to access, much less how to find and navigate, all the regional service providers and ministries that could assist and enable them to transition and reintegrate successfully back into Houston communities and neighborhoods.

Logistically, Houston is a challenging city for anyone to navigate. The city is not only initially overwhelming and frightening to get around in, but it can be nearly impossible because these men return to Houston with little or no money, no job prospects, and basically no means of financial support - just the $50 to $100 issued by the state upon release. It becomes more difficult when they have no identification, no means of transportation, and often no family willing to help them, nor a safe home.

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We are thrilled to announce the addition of our second women's reentry discipleship home, Bluerock House, expanding our reach to seven houses dedicated to supporting those transitioning from a life of incarceration to freedom within a Christian community. Bluerock House features 7 spacious bedrooms and will serve as our intake home.

We are partnering with Finishing Touches, who are expertly designing, decorating, and equipping the interior to create a warm and welcoming space. Beds, mattresses, and more have already been ordered, and setup is underway!

Our hope is to receive TDCJ parole approval soon, which would allow us to open the doors as early as July 1st, if not sooner.

We cannot do this important work without our community’s support. Please consider donating to help meet the essential needs of the women in our homes here crosswalkcenter.org/give/

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2 months ago

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This is so awesome! Congratulations!!

Awesome to see what God is doing!

Congratulations 🎉

Thanks to a generous donation from the Fondren Foundation, we are thrilled to announce the addition of not just one, but TWO 15-passenger vans to our Women's Reentry Discipleship Home Program!

After going 15 months without a passenger van, this is a game-changer for us. These vans are more than just vehicles; they are essential tools in our mission to support women reintegrating into society after incarceration.

From their initial release to essential tasks like parole visits, obtaining IDs, and navigating daily errands, to the warmth of a community church and the joy of extracurricular activities, our vans serve as steadfast companions, guiding women toward a brighter future.

Learn how you can impact the lives of those reentering our community here crosswalkcenter.org/.

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2 months ago
Thanks to a generous donation from the Fondren Foundation, we are thrilled to announce the addition of not just one, but TWO 15-passenger vans to our Womens Reentry Discipleship Home Program! 

After going 15 months without a passenger van, this is a game-changer for us. These vans are more than just vehicles; they are essential tools in our mission to support women reintegrating into society after incarceration. 

From their initial release to essential tasks like parole visits, obtaining IDs, and navigating daily errands, to the warmth of a community church and the joy of extracurricular activities, our vans serve as steadfast companions, guiding women toward a brighter future.

Learn how you can impact the lives of those reentering our community here https://crosswalkcenter.org/.

#CrossWalkCenter #SupportReentry #SecondChanges #FondrenFoundation

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Nice. I sent a message but I never received a reply:)

Congratulations on the beautiful blessings much needed

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Thank you to our sponsors, partners, and members of our community who joined us for the Paths of Purpose Dinner on April 11th, helping us embrace the journey of renewal and redemption. Your generosity made the evening a stunning success and brought us closer to achieving our shared goals.

Special thanks to our Chairs, Kandice and Chris Carter, whose leadership was pivotal to our success. We're also grateful to Stan Marek and Scott Wesley for their inspiring keynote addresses that highlighted the transformative power of second chances. The personal stories shared by Troy Rask and Laura Hopkins provided vivid insights into the lives transformed through our efforts and deeply moved us all. And to Tom Reiser, whose passionate appeal inspired significant contributions to CrossWalk Center.

For more photos from the dinner, visit: crosswalkcenter.org/2024-paths-of-purpose/
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2 months ago

Since 2017, the month of April has been recognized as national “Second Chance Month” as an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges faced by formerly incarcerated individuals who strive to rejoin society as productive citizens. These individuals face many obstacles - both large and small - from finding housing, employment, and healthcare to discovering a new spiritual path in life.

CrossWalk Center (CWC) helps justice-involved individuals overcome the collateral consequences of a prior criminal conviction as they endeavor to reenter society. CWC guides men and women, soon to be released from prison, along a Christ-centered path to reentry and reintegration. Once individuals are released from prison, CWC provides them with housing, employment, counseling, addiction recovery, and continued discipleship.

On April 11, 2024, CWC will celebrate Second Chance Month at the Paths of Purpose Dinner in support of CWC’s reentry discipleship program. The dinner will feature speakers Stan Marek, a renowned leader in workforce development and immigration reform, and Scott Wesley, a project manager at Marek Brothers. The evening promises to be a celebration of hope, renewal and second chances.

For more information of the event or to purchase tickets, please visit crosswalkcenter.org/2024dinner/.
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3 months ago
Since 2017, the month of April has been recognized as national “Second Chance Month” as an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges faced by formerly incarcerated individuals who strive to rejoin society as productive citizens. These individuals face many obstacles - both large and small - from finding housing, employment, and healthcare to discovering a new spiritual path in life. 

CrossWalk Center (CWC) helps justice-involved individuals overcome the collateral consequences of a prior criminal conviction as they endeavor to reenter society.  CWC guides men and women, soon to be released from prison, along a Christ-centered path to reentry and reintegration. Once individuals are released from prison, CWC provides them with housing, employment, counseling, addiction recovery, and continued discipleship.

On April 11, 2024, CWC will celebrate Second Chance Month at the Paths of Purpose Dinner in support of CWC’s reentry discipleship program. The dinner will feature speakers  Stan Marek, a renowned leader in workforce development and immigration reform, and Scott Wesley, a project manager at Marek Brothers. The evening promises to be a celebration of hope, renewal and second chances. 

For more information of the event or to purchase tickets, please visit https://crosswalkcenter.org/2024dinner/.

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I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.
- Matthew 25:35-36