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Annual Message - 2018 Lighting the Path to Restoration

The Crosspoint Board of Directors designated “Lighting the Path to Restoration” as the organizational theme for 2017. We are indeed fortunate to have a substantial number of friends, advocates and supporters. The theme this year is a nod to a substantial number of these silent contributors who from behind the scenes have helped our clients navigate the complex path to restoration of citizenship. This group includes but is not limited to members of the faith community, business leaders and employers. 2017 has provided us with the familiar challenges of addressing the needs of diverse populations, ensuring accountability and safety, and delivering vital evidence-based services. Beyond this, we have recently encountered some unique challenges. After many months of preparation, we have finally cleared the final hurdles to moving from small trial contracts for diversion populations to opening a full-fledged Behavioral Health Diversion Program at year's end. The springboard for starting operations was made possible by contributions from the Kronkosky Foundation, WestCare Foundation, Bexar County, Valero Energy Foundation, Greehey Family Foundation, Boeing Employee Fund and others.

When the Department of Justice decided to begin sending fewer federal inmates to residential reentry programs for shorter periods of time, we turned this challenge into an opportunity by repurposing Hall House as a diversion specific facility and transferring some trained reentry staff to the new unit. It is a source of pride that Crosspoint remains sufficiently nimble, flexible and resilient to continue evolving with the changing needs of our growing community. In the last year, Crosspoint has completed the renovation of a 12,000 square unit with the help of 23 contractors that donated labor valued at over $125,000. A partnership with Goodwill Industries resulted in 120 Crosspoint residents earning 100-hour NCCER certification in construction trades along with OSHA certification. We were awarded multi-year USPO outpatient contracts for treating co-occurring disorders and providing psychiatric services. Crosspoint conducted its inaugural Leadership Symposium, which educated 140 community leaders about “Smart Justice” practices which address the underlying causes of criminal behavior through community-based services.

The event also honored former Crosspoint Board President Senator John Cornyn for his legislative leadership in the areas of mental health and justice system reform. Finally, we brought in a new technology contractor who helped us develop a five-year plan to strategically upgrade our computers, system architecture, network, data capture and communication systems. The Crosspoint Board acknowledges that collaboration is one of the keys to our success and therefore recognizes our many partners that include Alpha Home, San Antonio Fighting Back, Chrysalis Ministries, Lifetime Recovery, St. Philips College and so many others. Another key partner whose impact cannot be overstated is the faith community. So many groups such as Word of Faith, Brazen Grace and the Sisters of the Holy Spirit have made a major impact on our clients’ pursuit of restoration and redemption. The board also wishes to commend the dedicated Crosspoint staff and leaders that ensure that the daily interactions with our clients are carried out with dignity, respect and pride. We pray that we will continue to attract new friends, partners, advocates and supporters who understand the importance of restoration of citizenship in making our community safer and stronger.