Friday, February 27th, a Crossing student stood before the Monticello Rotary club and told his story. We are so proud of Ethan for bravely sharing what he did in a room full of strangers. Read the wonderful article below from the Monticello Herald to hear more about the meeting and what Ethan shared!
Special thanks to Lisa Tiernan of the Monticello Herald for writing the article!
Students of our Anderson campus has been working alongside folks at the Community Hospital of Anderson. Recently the folks at CHA highlighted this relationship in an article posted to their intranet for all to see and learn more about their partnership with the Crossing. The article headline read as follows:
“The Crossing is a faith based alternative school located here in Anderson. The students come from all areas but have often struggled in traditional educational settings. The Crossing works to foster an environment where students feel they are part of a family.
Community Hospital Anderson has recently partnered with The Crossing, and their students have been working here at Community to gain job experience, while maintaining their academics at school.”
Thanks Community Hospital of Anderson for providing an incredible learning opportunity for our students!
We were recently blessed to have an article published on the front page of THE PAPER about our Elkhart Entrepreneurial Training Center. Special thanks to Lauren Zeugner for her words and efforts in highlighting our program. Please Click the image below to read more!
The students of our JTP programs are always looking for new ways to get their hands dirty and get out of the classroom. Recently, or Ligonier JTP students have found themselves partnering with local contractors to help with minor demo work in prepping homes for remodeling. Their efforts and ambition have caught the attention of the community. Check out the articles below to read more.
Jan. 29 Advance Leader – The Crossing
Jan. 31 New Sun-The Crossing
Special thanks to Octavia Yoder.
Our mission at the Crossing can only reach its fullest potential when our volunteers accept the call to get involved. It doesn’t matter to what degree one gets involved, just that they do. We’ve seen individuals stop in once a month to help with paper work, while others stop in once a week to provide food for our students and to spend a little time with them.
Occasionally we are blessed by individuals that want to do more. Jenny Welch wanted to do something that would afford her the opportunity to reach multiple girls at at time. She started small, initially mentoring 2-3 girls during the morning session. Over time, more girls became interested in being a part of Jenny’s group of ladies. What began as an effort to mentor a couple girls turned into a group of 8-10 meeting every Tuesday. The group has expanded beyond the morning session causing a need to schedule the group to overlap with the lunch hour allowing girls from morning and afternoon sessions a chance to experience the life-changing discussions happening within this girls group.
Our students don’t have very many positive influences in their lives. Furthermore, they have even fewer people willing to fight for their lives. Jenny has chosen to fight for the lives of these young ladies by giving them a safe place to be real and to have honest girl-talk with someone who cares about them.
Jenny’s efforts recently aligned with a study her church, Waypoint Community Church, was going through. They produced a video highlighting Jenny’s efforts at the Crossing. Please click the image above to see this wonderful caption of what’s been going on with Jenny and her girls.
No matter how great or small, we need what you have to offer. Check out the Volunteer Section on our website to learn about ways you can answer the call to get involved.
Our Beech Grove campus has been open for just under a month and the community is already starting to notice! Indy’s RTV6 did a story on our new campus where they captured moments from Family Time and interviewed a couple students and staff. Check out the article and video by clicking the image below!
We’re barely a month into semester 2 at the Crossing and there’s already so much going on. Check out the first Rob’s Minute of 2015 to get a brief update and what’s new at the Crossing!
For the first time ever the Crossing has opened a new campus mid school year! Beech Grove, IN (just southeast of Indy) is our new home and we are looking forward to learning how we can best serve their community.
“After just one week, there’s an incredible amount of momentum surrounding the Beech Grove Crossing campus. On day 1, we opened the doors with 21 students and have added five since then. The new staff has embraced the challenge of opening a campus mid-year and have poured themselves out to serve these students. Week 1 was capped off with a campus trip to an Indiana Pacers game, in which students gladly chose to hang out with their teachers on a Friday night!
Parents are already noticing positive changes in their children, and the students are finding that there’s something special about this place, though most of them say they ‘can’t explain what it is.’ Through excellent support from Beech Grove City Schools, we were given an excellent opportunity to succeed from Day 1. As our JTP work team has begun building walls at the campus, we hope to continue building relationships with our new students while working through life one day at a time, together.”
-Kevin Good, Region 5 South Administrator
Welcome to the mission, Beech Grove, of transforming the lives of our youth!
For information on the new campus, visit http://crossingeducation.com/beechgrove.html.
Our Kokomo campus hosted their banquet last week, inviting supporters new and old to join our mission in reaching the lost souls of our youth and giving them a second chance for an education and an opportunity to turn their lives around. At the event attendees got a chance to hear stories of our students transformations from the students themselves. To read more about coverage of the event, check out the article by the Kokomo Tribune!
It is such a blessing when individuals and groups from within the community take it upon themselves to get involved in our mission. 100+ Women Who Care of Elkhart County is a group of women who care deeply about the Elkhart Community. The Elkhart campus was fortunate enough to have been nominated and chosen to receive a $10,000 gift from the group of women. We thank you for your generosity and for blessing our students and being part of this mission with us!
To read more click here!
It’s been a very busy first semester at the Crossing. As we kick off our winter break, we hope our students and supporters have a very blessed holiday season. To close out the calendar year and semester, we have the first Rob’s Minute of this school year! Please click below for a brief update on our year so far. See you in 2015!
The Crossing was recently awarded the honor of Small Business of the Year by the Goshen Chamber of Commerce. The Crossing engages the mission it does in an attempt to reach as many of our lost or struggling youth as possible. You don’t pursue such a thing looking for a congratulatory pat-on-the-back from someone, but in hopes that you can make a lasting impact on the life of a teenager who at one point had lost hope. Unable to fully anticipate the path you will travel nor the ways you will learn to overcome the obstacles you face with one another. It is so humbling when the moment occurs that your efforts have made an impact in such a way that you are recognized by your community. The Crossing is honored to have received such an acknowledgement from the Goshen Chamber of Commerce, and we hope that our efforts can continue to be worthy of such notoriety.
To read more, see the article covering the event on the Elkhart Truth’s website by clicking the image below!
The Crossing recently received a donation of $12,500 from the Chrysler foundation. Lauren Slagter of the Kokomo Tribune published an article about the event. Click the image below to read the article!
Our Kokomo campus was recently featured in a news story by rtv 6 out of Indy. We appreciate their coverage and willingness to help spread the word about our mission! To see the story and read the transcript, please click the image below.
WLFI recently did a special on the Clinton Co. Crossing campus. Click Here to read the full article or check out the video below!
Thanks, WLFI News team, for taking the time to highlight our efforts in offering our youth a second chance at an education.