The vision for Crossroads at Park Place evolved from a group of pastors and parishioners from three churches in Southeast Houston— Park Place United Methodist Church (now Servants of Christ United Methodist Parish), St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Glenbrook United Methodist Church. This group became increasingly concerned about the number of homeless people in their neighborhood. An informal survey surprisingly indicated that the number one need of displaced individuals, before food and clothing, was to be clean.
With hope and a vision, volunteers created a safe haven where they serve lunch, provide showers, wash clothes and work to restore dignity to those living on the streets. On October 30, 2001 Crossroads opened its doors at Park Place United Methodist Church with a small group of volunteers, donated washers and dryers, and $700.00. That first day they served eight individuals. Today Crossroads is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and serves on average 400 individuals each week who are homeless or simply living in poverty.
The program and services have grown from providing immediate basic needs to assisting our participants in finding housing, employment, counseling and healthcare.