Members of Quota gathered for an AMAZING evening on January 26th! We were graced with a presentation from two dynamic leaders from the Crossroads Safehouse agency, Executive Director Stacy S. and Director of Development & External Relations Kylie M. shared the history, mission and vision and educated us about all the services the Crossroads Safehouse programs provides. We also learned our own special Quota member, MA Martell, was Crossroads Safehouse first director prior to MA retiring.
Crossroads Safehouse has been providing shelter, outreach, and prevention in the Fort Collins area for 42 years addressing concerns regarding victims of domestic violence and abuse. Prior to opening in 1980, there were not enough services for victims to find safety and receive the support needed. On the first day they opened their doors, every room was filled. Since that day in 1980, the need to support victims of domestic violence and interpersonal abuse persists. Crossroads has served close to 4,000 victims since the agency’s inception.
Crossroads Safehouse is now housed in a 29,000 square foot facility with 31 rooms, serving victims and their families every day of the year. Five of its 31 rooms are dedicated to the newly formed rapid and transitional housing program, “Road to Home” which was launched in 2020. The agency provides “wrap-around services” to victims in need such as trauma informed care through advocacy and support. Crossroads programs and services include the crisis line (answered by an advocate 24/7), emergency shelter (accessible 24/7), non-resident advocacy, domestic abuse response, legal advocacy, legal representation, rapid and transitional housing, prevention and education, and youth and bilingual advocacy.
One of the agencies newest programs “Time-to-Talk” trains high school junior and seniors in a peer-led awareness curriculum which is now offered in all four high schools in the Poudre School District and is reaching out to schools in the Timnath schools as well.
Crossroads Safehouse knows and understands that the intersectionality of identity compounds the risk of violence. Domestic violence can be a form of gender-based violence and disproportionately affects women. Crossroads also knows and serves men experiencing abuse who face unique challenges based on societal norms of masculinity and often lack access to services responsive to their needs. Crossroads supports all in need.
Volunteers and donations are greatly needed and welcomed. For additional information about this program contact https://crossroadssafehouse.org/.
Linda & Mitzi
Glenda, Jane & Karen
Judy W. & Jan
Leah & Glenda