September 19, 2007
Cross Roads House announced today that it has received over $3.1 million dollars in pledges, grants, and contributions towards its $5 million campaign to rebuild the shelter facility. Three donors are responsible for $2 million of the total. Local philanthropist, Tom Haas, has announced his intention to recommend $1 million in grants through the Otto Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation - Piscataqua Region. Cross Roads House Officers Paul McKeon of Bid2Win Software, Inc. and Lex Scourby each pledged $500,000.
Chris Sterndale, Cross Roads House Executive Director, notes, "The extraordinary generosity of these three individuals helps our campaign take off right from the start." Sterndale added, "Tom has been to the shelter, seen first hand how folks are living here, and has become familiar with our plans. He has been a generous supporter for several years, but this gift is unprecedented for our organization. His gift has inspired others, and his generosity will help improve the lives of thousands of people who will pass through our doors."
"I support Cross Roads House because it is a vital part of our seacoast community. Not only does it provide emergency housing when needed, but it truly gives individuals and families a sense of self worth and pride. You can not place a monetary value on that," said Haas.
Lex Scourby and Paul McKeon have been members of the board of directors for five years and are currently serving as President and Vice President, respectively. In addition to their generous pledges, they are also providing campaign leadership and have devoted countless hours volunteering their services to the Board. According to Scourby, "I joined the board of Cross Roads House with the intention of preparing for the future. I wanted to help rebuild the shelter so that it would be a lasting resource for our community. Cross Roads House is more than a building; it's a place where people can get help, advice and support from case managers, and a new facility will provide a better environment to deliver these supportive services."
Paul McKeon adds, "Cross Roads House has been providing shelter in a facility that can no longer withstand the day to day traffic of close to 100 people. The new facility will provide critical health and safety features…items as basic as sprinkler systems and proper heating and ventilation. These are not luxuries; they are necessities."
"The shelter will not be getting bigger, but better. The new facility will be safer, healthier, and less expensive to operate," said Sterndale. Plans include the replacement of three older buildings with one, at the current location, and renovation of one remaining building. The new facility will solve the multiple physical challenges that Cross Roads House faces, and the shelter will remain open during construction. Design work is underway and plans will be unveiled in the coming weeks. The organization hopes to begin construction in the spring of 2008.
In addition to the $2 million in major gifts, another $1.1 million has come from annual fundraising activities, campaign pledges from early supporters and the Cross Roads House Board of Directors, and foundation grants. During the public phase of the campaign, Cross Roads House will be asking the community to support the project in an effort to reach their fundraising goal. Gifts at all levels are needed and appreciated. For more information and to find out how to support the Campaign for Cross Roads House, please visit www.crossroadshouse.org.
For over twenty years, Cross Roads House has provided emergency and transitional shelter to homeless individuals and families from Rockingham, Strafford, and southern York, ME counties. Last year shelter was provided to 638 people, including 61 children from 39 families.