One Challenge puts a very high value on collaboration and partnerships. One way we partner is by renting suites in our building to Christian ministries.
Our newest partner in the building is Crossroads Ministries which is led by Kay Owen Larson.
The mission of Crossroads Ministries
The mission of Crossroads Ministries is to help meet the spiritual and emotional needs of the elderly who reside in our communities’ care centers. Crossroads Ministries recruits, trains, and places volunteers and chaplains in care centers to bring hope and encouragement to forgotten elders and to minister to their spiritual and emotional needs.
Crossroads School of Chaplaincy
While Crossroads has a special focus on the elderly in Colorado Springs, they have trained chaplains who are now working in care facilities all across the country. Crossroads is about to complete the process of being fully accredited by the Department of Education as a chaplaincy training institution. They will even do some of their training here in our building!
How the Crossroads ministry began
Kay was motivated to engage in ministry to the elderly when her own parents needed to be cared for in a facility. She quotes research that shows that 85% of the men and women who reside in care centers rarely have a one-on-one visitor, and 50% have no living relatives who might contact them. In addition, only 5% of care centers have on-staff chaplains.
Consequently, many of the elderly are lonely, depressed, angry and bitter, and they don’t understand why they have been forgotten by the outside world. Kay, along with her staff and volunteers are doing what they can to care for and minister to this emotionally and spiritually needy segment of our population. We are delighted to know them and to provide a location for their ministry.
For more information about Crossroads, go to www.crossroadsusa.org.