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NEWS UPDATE as of July 14, 2021...READ BELOW FOR IMMEDIATE PLANS!

Our service schedule is changing in early August. It is expanding! We are returning to our traditional, pre-pandemic, service schedule beginning on Tuesday, August 3. We will be adhering to Episcopal Church Covid protection guidelines which include the voluntary wearing of face masks. Our kitchen staff will be wearing face masks.

Effective Tuesday, August 3, we are re-opening our regular service days of Tuesdays and Thursdays with all our previous services which include: Breakfast, Lunch, Laundry, Haircuts (when barbers are available), Hygiene, First Aid, New socks and underwear, Showers, Harris Health Support and Other Agency Support. Food distribution to the community will be moved to Wednesdays (starting Wednesday, August 4) to accommodate our regular services occurring on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This change will see Crossroads operating three days a week starting the first week of August! Keep us in your prayers as we work this month to get ready for our re-opening. We are excited about re-starting our services. I believe our small staff and all of our clients are excited by this re-opening. Please pray for us that all is successful.

Phase One of the Crossroads upgrade of the church kitchen begins on Monday, July 19. The existing sink will be removed and replaced with a commercial grade sink. Also, a commercial “sink drain” will be installed bringing the sink area up to commercial code. Several phases will follow including new ventilation, a replacement stove, commercial wall treatments and new flooring. These phases hopefully will follow in quick succession. Your prayers regarding this project would be appreciated.

As always, thank you for making sure that our food distribution continues to run smoothly every Thursday. The last couple of weeks have been fun and hot! Our faithful volunteers continue to serve, even in the rain. Our distribution happens, rain or shine. Our volunteers have been tireless and continue to help our neighbors. We will still be seeing the Houston Food Bank truck every Thursday during July and we will still be distributing tortillas in addition to the groceries that are on the truck. 

The Houston Food Bank sent us a bountiful truckload last week. All in all last week we gave out: 1 Pallet Potatoes, 1 Pallet Lettuce, 1 Pallet Onions, 1 Pallet shelf stable groceries, 1 Pallet Chicken Soup, 2 Pallets Water Melons, 1 Pallet Cabbage, 1500 lbs. of beans, 250 lbs. Rice, 300-5lb Packs of Tortillas, 22 shelf stable food packs for walk ups, 26 Showers and 38 Hot Lunches.

Our next distribution is on for Thursday, July 15, at St. Paul’s!! Summer weather is on us so be prepared by hydrating and checking the weather forecast before you arrive. We expect another long line this week, so be prepared for action.

If you have any questions about these services and our re-opening, please reach out to me. It is your continued support that makes this re-opening possible. Thank You! I pray for a safer 2021 for all of us.

Doug Fortner, Executive Director

 

NEWS UPDATE as of May 29, 2021...READ BELOW FOR FUTURE PLANS!

BIG NEWS!! After consulting with the Episcopal Church, Crossroads has determined that it is safe to consider re-opening all our services. It has been determined that our normal services will re-start on Tuesday, August 3. Normal services (hot breakfast, hot lunch, showers, haircuts, laundry, hygiene, and agency support) will be provided every Tuesday and Thursday in the Parish Hall. The need for food distribution in the community is still great as the numbers of families getting food from us remains large and consistent. Crossroads believes this to be a valuable service to the South Houston community and is committed to continuing to provide groceries.

To utilize St. Paul facilities more effectively, we have decided to move our weekly food distribution to Wednesdays, beginning on August 4.

If you have any questions about these services and our re-opening, please reach out to me. It is your continued support that makes this re-opening possible.

Thank You! I pray for a safer 2021 for all of us.

Doug Fortner Executive Director

 

NEWS UPDATE as of March 24, 2021...READ BELOW FOR FUTURE PLANS!

We thank our volunteers for making sure that our on-going food distributions have been smooth and efficient. Our Houston Food Bank deliveries are usually on time and consist of mostly bulk produce which we love to pass out to our clients.

Our immediate plan is to continue the Thursday food distributions at least until we have reopened our full service offering in the St. Paul Parish Hall. We continue to work with the Episcopal Diocese in getting the property re-surveyed and the appropriate permits in place that will allow for the installation of our modular buildings.

We'll be starting a lunch service to our homeless and poor clients beginning on Tuesdays only, beginning on April 6, 2021. Our doors will open at 10:30 AM and close at 1:00 PM. Indoor service will be provided for up to 75 people, including volunteers. Masks will be required, and a thorough cleaning will take place after service. This service will continue until we determine how to begin food service on both Tuesdays and Thursday at some point in the future. This decision was taken in conjunction with St. Paul’s re-opening plans, guidelines, and protocols. Our first lunch menu consist of spaghetti, green beans, salad, bread and iced tea. I am so grateful that The Lord has led us down the path of re-starting our services.

Thank you so much for your support during 2020. I pray for a safer 2021 for all of us.

Doug Fortner, Executive Director

 

NEWS UPDATE as of November 20, 2020...SHOWERS ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO CLIENTS!

Watch New Video! "Crossroads at Park Place during the Pandemic of 2020".

 

NEWS UPDATE as of August 12, 2020...SHOWERS ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO CLIENTS!

Weekly food distributions continue to over 450 families and 25 walk-up clients. Many thanks to the Houston Food Bank. They and others provided: 10 pallets of vegetables, cereal, pre-boxed mixed produce, 2500 lbs of rice/beans and 450 5 lb packs of tortillas. Thanks to all the volunteers who work on Wednesday and Thursday to make this possible.

For the first time since we stopped services in March, we offered showers to our walk-up clients - four clients took showers this week - and, we expect the numbers to grow. Next week we will continue our shower operation since this is a critical service - and, a primary one - of Crossroads at Park Place. Later, we hope to offer showers to clients on Tuesdays if we feel we can manage both showers and food distribution effectively. Our CoVid-19 protocol has been very workable and we believe provides safety for our clients and staff. Please keep us in your prayers regarding our opening of shower operations.

Our next distribution is on Thursday, August 13 at St. Paul’s. It will be hot, so hydrate the night before. Volunteers, please arrive between 9:00 and 9:30 AM. We will have water and Gatorade on site. And SHADE!

NEWS UPDATE as of June 20, 2020...WE NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS!

Crossroads at Park Place will be distributing produce and some staples at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Thursday, June 25, from 10 AM until 12 Noon. Distribution will be DRIVE THROUGH ONLY, no choices. Volunteers will load groceries into cars in the church parking lot. Please remain in your car during the distribution.  

Perhaps you can help us find others who would be willing to help this urgent, worthwhile cause. We've created a Volunteer Call Poster you can download and print to make this effort easier. (Click here for English or here for Spanish.) However, please get permission to place your poster on a public place before doing so. 

NEWS UPDATE as of June 2, 2020...WE NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS!

Crossroads at Park Place will be distributing produce and some staples at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Thursday, June 4, from 10 AM until 12 Noon. Distribution will be DRIVE THROUGH ONLY, no choices. Volunteers will load groceries into cars in the church parking lot. Please remain in your car during the distribution.

BE AWARE...Distribution hours are now 10 AM to 12 Noon!

Thank you to our contributors, our volunteers, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, local businesses and the Houston Food Bank for making this possible. All are welcome to help this worthy cause!!!

NEWS UPDATE as of May 25, 2020...WE NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS!

Crossroads at Park Place has distributed produce, staples, rice/beans, tortillas and other sorely needed foodstuffs to over 12,000 family members in the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church area for the last six weeks in a row. Thanks to all our contributors, volunteers, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and the Houston Food Bank for making this possible.

BUT NOW, WE NEED MORE VOLUNTEER HELP!

Perhaps you can help us find others who would be willing to help this urgent, worthwhile cause. We've created a Volunteer Call Poster you can download and print to make this effort easier. (Click here for English or here for Spanish.) However, please get permission to place your poster on a public place before doing so.

Our next food Distribution will be Thursday, May 28 from 10 am to 1 pm. Distribution will be DRIVE THROUGH ONLY, no choices. Volunteers will load groceries into cars in the church parking lot. Please remain in your car during the distribution.

All are welcome to help us out!!!

NEWS UPDATE as of May 16, 2020.

Crossroads at Park Place will be distributing produce and some staples at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Thursday, May 21, from 10 AM until 1 PM. Distribution will be DRIVE THROUGH ONLY, no choices. Volunteers will load groceries into cars in the church parking lot. Please remain in your car during the distribution.

Thank you to our contributors, our volunteers, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and the Houston Food Bank in making this possible. All are welcome!!!

NEWS UPDATE as of May 11, 2020.

Next Thursday, May 14th, 2020 (10 am to 1 pm), Crossroads at Park Place will again be distributing produce and some staples at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Distribution will be DRIVE THROUGH ONLY, no choices. Volunteers will load groceries into cars in the church parking lot. Please remain in your car during the distribution.   

The Community Food Distribution Team-Up with St. Paul's Episcopal Church last Thursday, May 7th, was quite an event! Over 40 volunteers helped us distribute food to almost 450 families. Everyone worked hard and felt wonderfully rewarded when they finished! 

We'll Be Doing It Again!...next Thursday, May 14th...from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm.

Our Thursday Community Food Fairs are turning out a big success as about 1,500 families in our community have availed themselves to tons and tons of free food in the last four weeks as provided by the Houston Food Bank, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, graceful volunteers, generous donors and ordinary individuals who have supported us for a long time from near and far. Local businesses are now starting to support the effort with donations of their own products. If you can, please continue to donate to help the many people in our community who are living on the margins or have recently lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Our Donation Page makes it easy to donate. Go here to donate now.      

We thank all our donors, contributors, volunteers (40+), St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and the Houston Food Bank for making this possible. All are welcome to help us next week!!!

Go Here to Donate Now ...  To God Goes the Glory!

 

NEWS UPDATE as of May 3, 2020.

On Thursday, May 7th, 2020, Crossroads at Park Place will again be distributing produce and some staples at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Distribution will be DRIVE THROUGH ONLY, no choices. Volunteers will load groceries into cars in the church parking lot. Please remain in your car during the distribution.   

The Community Food Distribution Team-Up with St. Paul's Episcopal Church last Thursday was a HUGE success again! We gave out 10 pallets of grocery items (Houston Food Bank), over one TON of rice and beans as well as almost 100,000 tortillas (donation), many portions of pulled pork (St. Paul's) and shelf-stable food packs as well as delivering food to over 25 shut-ins within the community. We served families in about 500 cars. 

We thank all our contributors, volunteers (40+), St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and the Houston Food Bank for making this possible. All are welcome to help us next week!!!

NEWS UPDATE as of April 26, 2020.

On Thursday, April 30th, 2020, Crossroads at Park Place will be distributing produce and some staples at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Distribution will be DRIVE THROUGH ONLY, no choices. Volunteers will load groceries into cars in the church parking lot. Please remain in your car during the distribution.   

The Community Food Distribution Team-Up with St. Paul's Episcopal Church last Thursday was a HUGE success as the photos below attest! We thank all our contributors, volunteers (40+), St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and the Houston Food Bank for making this possible. All are welcome!!!

NEWS UPDATE as of April 20, 2020.

Crossroads at Park Place is again teaming with St. Paul's Episcopal Church and the Houston Food Bank to have a Community Food Fair at Paul's Church. This distribution will be in the church parking lot on Thursday, April 23rd beginning at 8:00 am and lasting until 11:00 am or until the food is gone. 

Food will be provided free of charge to anyone if they are in a car.

Distribution will be provided to DRIVE THROUGH ONLY clients. Bags of food will be loaded into client's trunks by volunteers. No choices will be allowed. Social distancing will be maintained. Bags will contain perishable and non-perishable items that are being provided by the Houston Food Bank.

Our goal is to have a Food Fair every Thursday morning going forward.

NEWS UPDATE as of April 7, 2020.

If you receive mail at Crossroads at Park Place, you can pick it up on Tuesday and Thursday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Crossroads staff will be in the Parish Hall to distribute mail. Please come to the rear of the church and remain outside. Someone will bring your mail to you.

NEWS UPDATE as of April 7, 2020.

Crossroads is teaming with St Paul’s Episcopal Church and the Houston Food Bank to have a Community Food Fair at St Paul’s Church. The first one will be in the church parking lot on Thursday April 16, beginning at 10 AM and lasting until 1 PM or until the food is gone.

Food will be provided free of charge to anyone if they are in a car.

Distribution will be provided to DRIVE THROUGH ONLY clients. Bags of food will be loaded into client’s trunks by volunteers. No choices will be allowed. Social distancing will be maintained. Bags will contain perishable and non-perishable items that are being provided by the Houston Food Bank.

Our goal is to have a Food Fair every Thursday morning going forward.

NEWSLETTER of March 2020.

Our March 2020 Newsletter has been published. Go here to get your copy.

NEWS UPDATE as of March 12, 2020.

Effective at noon on Thursday, March 12, 2020, Crossroads at Park Place will be CLOSED due to the Health Emergency declared in the City of Houston. The facility will re-open when the health emergency is ended by the City of Houston

Please check back on our Facebook page for updates to this situation at Crossroads at Park Place.

NEWS UPDATE as of August 1, 2019.

The 2019 Crossroads at Park Place Charity Golf Tournament will be held again at the beautiful Bay Oaks Country Club on Monday, October 14, 2019 from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm. Format will be a Foursome Scramble starting immediately after a quick Grab-and-Go breakfast consisting of pastries, fruit, juice and coffee. (Address is: 14545 Bay Oaks Blvd, Houston, TX 77059.) 

A relaxing lunch buffet, consisting of grilled chicken, burgers, beans and potato salad, will be served in the Ball Room. Those who do not wish to enter the golf tournament are encouraged to attend the lunch buffet, starting at 12:00 pm, and to enjoy a lively program of 2018 Crossroads at Park Place progress, tournament awards and a Silent Auction.  

Go here to download the 2019 Crossroads at Park Place Charity Golf Tournament - Brochure and Registration Form.

NEWS UPDATE as of March 4, 2019.

Crossroads at Park Place (Crossroads) is pleased to announce that a limited number of services will be available beginning Tuesday, March 5th at St. Paul's/San Pablo's Episcopal Church located at 7843 Park Place Blvd, Houston, TX 77087-4639. The services will be delivered in the Parish Hall from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Services available will be:

• Coffee

• Mail

• Hygiene packs

• Haircuts

• Laundry (20 loads only)

• Food Stamp counseling

• One sack lunch upon departure  

There will be no showers, hot meals or clothing provided at this time. We plan for showers and more food services to be available at some point in the future.

In order to receive services, all clients must check in at the door.

• Services will not be available to those who do not check in.

• Adherence to the Crossroads Behavior Policy will be strictly enforced.

Crossroads appreciates the support of St. Paul/San Pablo Episcopal Church, our covenant partners and our generous contributors in our work to continue our ministry to the homeless and poor. We look forward to providing more effective services to our clients in the future.

NEWS UPDATE as of November 20, 2018.

Crossroads at Park Place (Crossroads), located at 3827 Broadway St., Houston, TX 77017 will stop operations at Servants of Christ United Methodist Church after a Thanksgiving dinner at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

Services will renew beginning on about January 15, 2019 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church located at 7843 Park Place Blvd., Houston, TX 77087-4639.

Initially, services will include all previous services except for clothing, showers and haircuts. These services will resume as we work toward full operations at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Crossroads is grateful to St. Paul's Episcopal Church for welcoming our organization into its family. Crossroads looks forward to continuing its stated mission to provide services to promote the health, hygiene, and dignity of all persons experiencing homelessness and poverty in Southeast Houston. For further information, please contact us through our website Contact Us page.

We are all grateful to our Lord and Savior for guiding our leaders to a merciful, graceful win-win partnership with those at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Please pray for ways you might help us make for a smooth transition to our new location. Check this Newsroom page periodically for further information on our move.     

NEWS UPDATE as of October 16, 2018:

The Fall 2018 Golf Tournament concluded yesterday with upwards to 100 guys (and gals) showing up to play a round of golf and show their support for Crossroads at Park Place. Much fun was had on and off the beautiful Bay Oaks Country Club golf course. After the game, we all retired to a hot meal in the Ball Room and enjoyed good company. Many thanks to all who participated in the game and the silent auction and to those who came just for lunch and the fellowship of one another. Go here for photos taken during the event. See you next year!

NEWS UPDATE as of August 25, 2018:

Over 1,000! - The final tally for our "Altar Made of Jeans" collection effort at the Clear Lake United Methodist Church (contributions by the congregation and others) is as follows:

• 348 prs jeans  • 188 belts  • 99 prs sneakers  • 59 blankets

• 50 backpacks  • Over 92 prs shorts  • Over 64 shirts

May God bless all the faithful supporters of the Crossroads at Park Place Homeless Ministry.

NEWS UPDATE as of August 12, 2018:
Members of the Clear Lake United Methodist Church and others demonstrated heart-felt compassion for our clients the past three weeks by piling the sanctuary high with pants, belts, sneakers and shorts. Over 600 items were counted. Pastor Charles Anderson led the way by urging everyone to participate because our stocks have been running low and the weather is especially hot. Everyone at Crossroads is grateful for the support shown to our clients and pray to the Lord that this help will continue throughout the year. Thanks to all who contributed. May God bless you abundantly.