December/ January Mission of the Month



Crossroad, a human service agency of the

Council of Health and Human Service Ministries

(CHHSM), Wisconsin Conference UCC.

Daniel Van Straten will give a talk on this

mission on Sunday, November 30.

Envelopes and baskets will be available at the

entrances to the sanctuary for this mission.



What we are:

Crossroad is a not-for-profit treatment provider

for emotionally troubled children.


Who we are:

A team of counselors, teachers, therapists,

housekeepers, cooks, groundskeepers, chaplains,

nurses, and others.


What we offer:

Simply put, Crossroad is a treatment provider

for emotionally troubled children. Behind that

simple description is a long list of therapy,

education and family support services provided

both to children who live on our campus and to

those we work with in the community.


How children come to us:

Children come to Crossroad through a variety of

avenues. Some are referred by courts, mental

health professionals, public service agencies,

counselors and educators. Some come to us

through and with their families.


How we got started:

Crossroad opened in 1883 as “The Reformed

Orphans Home of Fort Wayne, Indiana” by the

Reformed Church, a predecessor of today’s

United Church of Christ.

Our Mission:

Crossroad creates promising futures for

children in difficult circumstances by

providing therapy, education and family

support services.


We Value:

Every child and his/her unique potential

Strong families

Pioneering leadership and its inherent risks

Stewardship based on sound business practices

Spirituality Our covenantal relationship with the

United Church of Christ which has made our mission and values



A Transitional Living program is available

on the Crossroad campus for youth, aged

16 and older, to focus on education and job

skills as well as skills for community



An Independent Living program is available

at Crossroad to young people who

have finished Crossroad’s Transitional

Living program or another transitional

living program. The clients in this program

live in scattered-site apartments in the

community while receiving full access to

Crossroad services and staff.


A Crossroad Day Education program is

offered for children requiring educational

services not provided in the public school


Crossroad is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit





Emmaus Homes, a human service agency of the

Council of Health and Human Service Ministries

(CHHSM), Wisconsin Conference UCC. Daniel Van

Straten will give a talk on this mission on Sunday,

November 30.

Envelopes and baskets will be available at the

entrances to the sanctuary for this mission.


Spirited People Leading Spirited Lives

Emmaus Homes is a faith-based mission of

families, staff and volunteers, working together to

provide compassionate care to adults with

developmental disabilities in the St. Louis metropolitan

area. Emmaus provides safe, comfortable

homes for 250 residents at its campuses in

St. Charles and Marthasville, Mo., as well as in

homes in surrounding communities.

The Emmaus Mission: Arising from faith in Jesus

Christ, the mission of Emmaus Homes is to enhance

the quality of life for adults of all beliefs who have

cognitive, intellectual and other developmental


The Emmaus Vision: Emmaus Homes will be an

outstanding provider of a care continuum, within

nurturing communities, for adults with cognitive,

intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

Emmaus Homes is a private, not-for-profit

organization related to the United Church of Christ’s

Council for Health and Human Service Ministries

and supported by the United Way. Emmaus’

services are provided without regard to race, color,

religion, national origin, sex, veteran status or disability.


Understanding the changing needs of an aging

population, Emmaus provides homes and programming

for residents of all ages, based on their unique

needs and goals. As part of their residential services,

Emmaus serves 40 homes throughout the community

and at their two campuses. The Senior and Adult

Services program provides opportunities for residents

to learn, make friends and become involved in

their community through a variety of social, educational,

and recreational activities.

Emmaus hosts special events throughout the year

to raise funds and awareness about its mission to

enhance the quality of life for people with developmental

disabilities. Two examples of these events



Friends of Emmaus Fall Bazaar & Quilt

Auction – People enjoy the beautiful fall

scenery at the Marthasville Emmaus Homes

Campus while shopping the flea-market style

bazaar, trying their hand at country crafts.

Quilters from around the state donate their

hand-made artwork for the quilt auction;


Golf & Glam Benefit Golf Tournament

& Diva Spa Party – Golfers are invited

to bring their team and enjoy 18-holes

of golf while supporting the men and

women with developmental disabilities

served by Emmaus. Not a golfer? They

join in the fun at the Diva Spa Party

held at the clubhouse throughout the

afternoon with choices of mini spa

treatments, lunch, and refreshments.

Emmaus Homes services include:

– Nursing oversight

– Highly trained staff in CPR, First Aid,

Nutrition, and various on-going group

and individualized training

– Individualized skill development

– Professional and quality oversight

– Nutritional services with specialized diets

– Pastoral care

– Recreational and community event opportunities



LOCAL MISSION: Sheboygan County Interfaith

Organization (SCIO) (Bridgeway House)

Heidi Gudmundson plans to visit St. Paul’s on

Sunday, January 11, 2015 and give a talk on

SCIO. This mission provides shelter for the

homeless, programs for single mothers with

children working toward self-sufficiency, child

care, and farmer’s markets. Voluntary help and

support are needed.

Envelopes and baskets will be available at the

entrances to the sanctuary for donations to this





Sheboygan County Interfaith Organization

(SCIO) is a faith-based organization comprised

of over 30 different faith communities. Volunteers

and staff work together to provide for

people in need to bridge the gap between community

needs and resources.


Working Woman’s Wear

Created by SCIO to improve the status of

women by providing appropriate work clothing

and supportive programs at no charge so they

can become self-sufficient and develop greater

self-esteem. Available to income eligible

women, referred by area agencies, who want to

help themselves by gaining and sustaining

quality employment. Financial assistance and

donations of quality new and used woman’s

clothing, accessories, and personal care products

are accepted and appreciated.


Building Bridges Childcare Center

State licensed childcare serving ages six

weeks through grade 12, providing specific

curriculums by qualified teachers.


Bridgeway House

A shelter for homeless women and children.

Objectives of the shelter: to assist residents in

learning successful and nurturing parenting

skills; to provide a safe, secure environment; to

provide programs for children encouraging

healthy development; and to support residents in

building self-esteem, self-reliance, personal

responsibility, interpersonal skills, and independent

living skills.


Bridgeway & Beyond helps single mothers and their

children move from living in “crisis management mode”

to satisfying life of self-sufficiency. During the firstphase,

families reside at the Bridgeway House, a group

home housing up to six families at one time. A family’s

problem areas are identified and a goal plan developed

to focus upon. Successful completion of the first phase

can take up to two years. Our primary goal is to teach

single mothers how to provide a safe, stable, loving and

nurturing environment for their family, so they can

move from merely surviving to thriving.

Once single mothers and their children learn to be

self-sufficient, families move into Trisha’s House,

applying the skills learned at Bridgeway House, while

enjoying increased independence and greater accountability.

During the final phase, families move into their

own apartment or home. Case workers continue

monitoring the family for another six months following

their exit from Trisha’s House to ensure their newly

acquired skills are fully integrated into their lives.


Volunteering to Make a Difference

Opportunities exist for helpers to assist with:

– Transporting people without a car;

– Maintaining the grounds and indoors;

– Mentoring;

– Tutoring;

– and, Sorting donations for the Working

Woman’s Wear program.

SCIO sponsors the Sheboygan County Summer

Farmer’s Market, June through October, on Wednesday’s

from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday’s from

7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Sheboygan’s Fountain Park

and on Thursday’s from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at

Plymouth’s City Park. A Winter Farmer’s Market is

held, November through May, at First Congregational

United Church of Christ, 310 Bluff Avenue, Sheboygan,

from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on selected dates.dec.janmission

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