Since 1982 Cross Roads House has been providing shelter and services to hundreds of homeless adults and children each year. We estimate that since the shelter was opened, over 500,000 nights of shelter have been provided to over 5,000 different people, and over 500 families. Since moving to its current location on Lafayette Road in 1986, the shelter had grown to four buildings and over 100 beds. While these buildings gave protection from the elements...they all had inefficiencies and safety concerns for residents and staff. And despite much remedial work, the age, traffic and structural deterioration lead to critical concerns that needed to be addressed. In 2007 the Campaign for Cross Roads House was launched. This was a $5 million dollar capital campaign that funded the design and construction of a new facility, the renovation of our existing family shelter facility, and three year's worth of annual operating expenses.
We have now consolidated three old buildings into one, on the same property. One remaining building has been renovated, and the shelter remained open during construction. The new facility has slightly fewer beds, and reflects a greater emphasis on the transitional program, which has the greatest success in helping people move back to permanent housing. The new facility has solved the multiple physical challenges that Cross Roads House faced, and also ensures the long-term viability of the shelter and its vital services.