Crosspoint staff and residents continue to serve our community by participating in a wide variety of efforts to strengthen and beautify our city.
On April 17th, 13 program volunteers from RRC, Vets, and the Women’s Wellness Center joined four Crosspoint staff (and a family member) in lying sod at a Habitat for Humanity development in Von Ormy. Our volunteers worked quickly disposing of 8 pallets of sod and getting to meet the homeowner and her son.
On April 3rd, two volunteers from the Residential Reentry (RRC) program and the Vets program planted Crosspoint’s Community Garden after they spent the preceding week cleaning the garden, turning soil and planning their planting. The harvest from the garden will be used to provide local food banks with a supply of tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers and beans.
On March 28 the ladies of Casa Mia took part in a healthy eating cooking completion at Casa Mia. They formed teams, The Home Cooks and The Go-Go-Girls, and each team prepared an entrée and a dessert. The three judges were treated to fish tacos with mango salsa, with a dessert of angel food cake topped with berries and a yogurt topping, and then a picadillo taco in a romaine lettuce shell with carrot cake drizzled with chocolate sauce and mint for dessert. The teams worked hard and were anxious about the judging which scored them on taste, presentation and creativity. All of the judges declared the food delicious and in the opinion of this judge everything was restaurant-worthy. In very close scoring the Go-Go Girls won with their picadillo tacos. Everyone enjoyed their day and special thanks goes to SON’s, Christiane Meireles for organizing the event and working so hard to build up our residents’ skills in preparing and selecting healthy food.
On February 15th, Crosspoint staff and resident volunteers returned to work on for the Annual Basura Bash. A crew of 17 enthusiastic volunteers teamed up with Bexar County workers to remove debris at the Comanche Park tributary and beyond. Collectively a total of 34.42 tons of debris were removed in this annual effort to maintain the beauty of San Antonio. There were no community volunteer projects in the months of March or April due to the COVID-19 crisis.
On January 30th, 14 Crosspoint volunteers returned to Baptist Temple Church and worked to disassemble playground equipment so the church could install modern, accessible equipment. Reverend Zayasbazan was appreciative on our continuing commitment to supporting his church in our community restoration programming.
On January 7th, a crew of 11 Crosspoint volunteers teamed up with the city of San Antonio for an extensive graffiti abatement project at IH-10 and Frio. The city representative overseeing the project expressed how impressed he was by how quickly and thoroughly our crew tackled the job compared to other volunteer groups. Residents and staff worked diligently and helped keep our community beautiful.
On November 16th Crosspoint volunteers returned to work at Baptist Temple Church with 14 volunteers. This project included garden cleanup and the spreading of mulch to enhance the beauty of existing grounds and gardens.
On October 5th, eight Crosspoint staff and family members took part in the annual NAMI Walk at Morgan’s Wonderland to help reduce the stigma and to remind everyone of the importance of mental health care. NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Health and their mission is to improve the quality of life for all people affected by mental illness by providing support, education, referral sources and legislative advocacy.
On August 31st, ten residents and 2 staff members volunteered to build a raised garden, assemble trellises and do painting projects at Baptist Temple Church. Pastor Jorge and Brother Daniel worked shoulder to shoulder with us. At our fellowship lunch after the project, all of the residents expressed how much fun it was to work together as a team and their sense of personal satisfaction with having done something so positive for the community. These projects have become so popular that we had six residents signed up as alternates but couldn’t go because not one resident dropped out!
On July 27th a volunteer crew of 3 staff and 9 residents embarked on Crosspoint’s first-ever Habitat for Humanity project. The Crosspoint team took on several construction-related tasks working shoulder-to-shoulder with the home’s soon to be owner. The team members brought a variety of construction skills and invaluable commitment to the project.