Crossroads gears up for Thanksgiving meals

A busy building filled with people getting help for today and hope for tomorrow is worth celebrating! Our vision for the new building is being fulfilled as we experience days when there are people getting their basic needs met through our services as well as connecting with community partners that offer additional supportive services.

Brian Schaffer

Last Wednesday, we had Michon Davies who works with the Larimer County Human Services office in Estes Park helping people navigate programs and benefit services that are available to them. We had Judy Brannon, who serves as a Medicare specialist, helping people with their enrollment, finding answers to their questions and making sure they get “the most bang for the buck.” Nancy Gregg and her talented staff of Bright Christmas volunteers were in the lower level registering families for this year’s gift giving program. Wildfire Homes had a team meeting in one of our conference rooms to discuss their plans of housing more people. Kristie Capo stopped by to discuss ways she wants to partner with us in providing necessary counseling services. And to think, all of this activity was going on within the Resource Center of our new building.

This is exactly what we were hoping to experience on this side of the building, because we really do want to resource people in such a way to make their life better. And on the other side of the building there were 12-14 families meeting with our case manager to apply for assistance with housing, utilities and a variety of other basic needs in their life. Many of these same families went through our food pantry and selected groceries–of their choice—right off the shelf. Other way-cool food items were located in our freezer and cooler units which they had opportunity to take home to feed their family. The parking lot was a continuous cycle of cars coming and going throughout the day and I was overjoyed to watch it all take place.

We’re in the midst of registering individuals and families for Thanksgiving Blessing where we will load people up with enough food to feed their family on Thanksgiving Day. The distribution will take place on Thursday, November 17, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m .in the parking lot of Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church. If you know people who would like a little extra help with food this Thanksgiving, then send them our way.

We’re open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. If you’d like to sponsor a box of Thanksgiving goodness for a family, just send us a check for $50 and write Thanksgiving in the memo. You can also give securely online if you’d like, so whatever works best for you. For everything, we are extremely grateful for the partnership we have with you to do the good work we feel called to do. We couldn’t do it without you!

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