It may sound cliché, but it does take a village, an entire community of collaborators, coming together for the sole, unified purpose of positively impacting citizens journeying from prison to community re-entry. No one entity is able to do it all, each fills a unique and special role. At CrossWalk Center we believe the role of volunteers to be an extension of staff, helping to achieve our mission with gifts and talents not yet bestowed us. We believe in mobilizing an army of believers to holistically impact the lives of those reentering our community. We are committed to the active recruitment and retention of dedicated volunteers with the qualifications and the heart to serve inside and outside the walls of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Volunteers can partner with CrossWalk Center in a variety of ways. Whether your gifts are best utilized in the office supporting the day to day operations or you feel called to be the hands and feet within the walls of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice we would love to find a place for you.
Administrative volunteers are needed to help maintain the daily operation and ongoing ministry at CrossWalk Center. There are a variety of needs to be met including but not limited to reception, greeter, filing, data-entry, HR administration, outreach, fundraising, facility/grounds maintenance, and hospitality. Administrative volunteers may work with any of our executive staff to help in their day-to-day responsibilities.
Special Events Volunteers
Special Events volunteers are needed to help plan and maintain events. Events may include fundraising and outreach efforts for CrossWalk Center or may be events hosted at CrossWalk Center for our re-entry partners. Volunteers may be asked to help book event space, organize catered food, purchase decorations, maintain communication with partners, etc. Special Event volunteers must be able to adhere to budget and scope provided by CrossWalk Center executive staff.
Intercessory Prayer Team
We believe in the power of prayer. We covet the prayers of the saints for our mission, because we want God to work wonders in the lives of our people! Intercessory prayer is real, and vital to the life of our ministry. Members of our intercessory prayer team will receive weekly emails with prayer requests and praises.
Volunteer House Chef
Volunteer House Chefs can be individual an volunteer or a team of volunteers to help prepare a daily hot meal for the residents of our halfway houses. We are blessed to receive food donations each week, and with the help of volunteer house chefs, we can make the most of those gifts. The 24 men living at our halfway houses are just beginning their transition back into society after incarceration. As they are adjusting to their new job, new home, new friends, and new lives, preparing a hot, healthy meal can become a priority that slips through the cracks.
Our house chefs bless our residents with a home-cooked meal each day after work. It is our hope that individuals or teams could come into our halfway houses and prepare a meal from the donations we have already received. We don't require any professional experience, we just need willing hands and a servant's heart. Our homes are equipped with fully stocked residential kitchens, so you won't need to use your own cookware. For your convenience, volunteers can come during the day to prepare the food, leaving it in the warmer or the fridge until dinner.
Steppin' Out Facilitators
Prison Unit Facilitators lead "Steppin' Out" CrossWalk Center's 40 Weeks or less Character & Discipleship Pre-Release Journey inside Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Facilitators are provided curriculum by CrossWalk Center and must be able to commit to be present throughout the 40-week curriculum. Volunteers will serve inside one of the TDCJ Region 3 Units. Qualities of a facilitator/teacher include volunteers who:
- Possess a teaching spirit
- Burn to see lives transformed
- Desire to give back what they’ve graciously been given
- Know what it is like to walk in someone else’s shoes
- Serve through the gift of time
*To facilitate and teach under the CrossWalk Center 'banner' as a Steppin' Out Facilitator requires the purchase of a set of curriculum books, BEFORE we are able to assign you as a CWC Volunteer at a TDCJ prison or state jail unit.
Coaches play a significant role in helping create a seamless transition as their clients cross over the bridge from being inside prison and institutionalized to a wholehearted and healthy, valued human being, living in freedom. Having a coach on this journey gives the individuals a very strong second chance. A Coach must possess a listening ear, an open mind, and a caring heart. The immediate focus upon release is overcoming concrete barriers to an individual’s successful and sustainable re-entry. CrossWalk Coaches will walk alongside and encourage returning citizens for a minimum of six months, implementing the progressive Realistic Re-entry Care Plan as a measure of accountability and of self-management. Re-entry Coaches offer:
- Trusting friendship
- Listening ear
- Caring servant heart
- Spiritual guidance
- Moral support
- Unconditional love
* Men mentor men and women mentor women. Husbands and wives may mentor either gender together – no opposite sex mentoring inside Texas prisons without a spouse.
Volunteer Prerequisites and Training
All volunteers shall complete CrossWalk Center’s Volunteer Application. Once the application is completed it will be processed by our staff, references will be checked, and background checks completed. Administrative and Special Event Volunteers may be subject to more training and/or onsite interviews with CrossWalk Center staff.
Given the partnership CrossWalk Center has with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice there are very specific, mandated trainings volunteers must undergo before participating as a Steppin’ Out Facilitator and Re-entry Coach. Volunteers interested in either opportunity must complete one-half day TDCJ training good for two years. These trainings are offered at various locations and times.
Re-entry Coach Training is about becoming equipped - acquiring the skills and knowledge to encourage and assist an individual as they prepare mentally, emotionally and spiritually to re-enter society. Volunteers are required to attend an onsite CWC coach training workshop and complete online mentor training through TDCJ. Steppin’ Out Facilitator Training is completed at CrossWalk Center facilities and will take place on a consecutive Friday evening (2 hours) and Saturday (6 hours).
This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. This is my command: Love each other.
- John 15:12-14 & 17 (NLT)