• Sherman Elementary
o Crossroads City Center partners with Sherman Elementary, providing mentoring and tutoring opportunities for the students. Having these one-on-one interactions with students, building relationships and assisting them in their reading and writing skills not only is a benefit to the students, but their parents and teachers as well.
• Summer Reading Program
o The Great Adventure: This is our summer reading program at the City Center. This program, for K-3 students, is designed to provide one-on-one tutoring, a fun atmosphere and meals provided Tuesday-Friday for two weeks. We will be expanding on the Great Adventure theme that “Reading is a great adventure that can take you many places.” The goal is to prepare young students for the state testing that occurs in the third grade with tutoring they may not otherwise have access to. There will be fun too! Little Buckeye Children’s Museum will be hosting a group activity, there will be a weekly Adventure-themed Bible lesson, as well as a community-wide festival held on the last day of the program!
• Coffee & Laundry Days
Every Tuesday and Thursday we offer free laundry services for our community. We will wash and dry one load of laundry per guest each time they visit. A free hygiene bag, coffee, snacks, and fellowship are offered during this time, as well. We firmly believe that helping to provide for this physical need opens the door to building trust and relationships within the community which gives us a way to share our ultimate need for Jesus.
• Blanket & Clothing Distribution
We will frequently host a blanket or clothing distribution for the community throughout the year. We believe helping to meet some of these physical needs will help open the door to build relationships and ultimately share our hope in Jesus.
• Health Fairs
We host free health fairs at the City Center. We will partner with local medical agencies to provide free medical services to the community. Some of these services will include checking cholesterol, blood screening, and checking blood pressure.
• Foster Parent Ministry
o We are partnering with local agencies to train and support foster and kinship families. In Richland County alone, there are nearly 800 kids in open cases per month, 240 kids in kinship care, and 96 kids in foster care. There are so many young lives who desperately need supportive and loving homes. One of our goals at the City Center is to help train and prepare families to raise foster children, as well as come alongside and support those who are already fostering children.
o Mentoring Youth in the City (MYCity) is a community group that partners with Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring (formerly Big Brothers and Big Sisters) to provide Godly mentors to young men ages 5-15 in our communities. There is a great need for people of faith to step up and assume the role of mentor to our youth that are severely lacking in appropriate role models. The group meets twice a month: once as mentors only for a time of fellowship and guidance and once as “bigs” and “littes” together for fun activities.
This is a very real opportunity to have a direct, gospel impact on a young life. If you feel led to be a mentor, please contact Josh Blakley: email@example.com
• Inspire Hope
o Inspire Hope is a support group for women who have experienced abuse. This group provides a safe place to share experiences, find hope through prayer and God’s Word, and to ultimately bring healing.
• Encompass Counseling
o Trained professionals from Encompass Counseling will be offering one-on-one counseling services at the City Center for our community.
• TripleP Parenting Classes (Nationwide Children’s Hospital)
o Parenting classes discussing topics such as disobedience, potty training, and healthy discipline will be held at the City Center.