CrossPurpose is a non-profit organization abolishing relational, economic, and spiritual poverty through career and community development.
The CrossPurpose journey began in 2008 when we set out to learn what it really meant to “love our neighbor”.
Beginning of our Journey
We understood our call to uplift the fatherless and the widows, and we:
- Provided single moms with a night out every other week
- Started a Cub scout program for fatherless boys
- Recruited foster parents for kids in need
At the same time, we desired to provide aftercare programs for those who were being released from incarceration. In 2009 we helped launch Strong Tower, where we provided a computer lab, job referrals, a midweek church service, and a welcoming and loving environment for a group of people who have limited places to go for help.
Urban Leadership Development
Because we have always desired to create a ripple effect in what we do, we began investigating how we could train the next generation of leaders through an urban leadership development experience. In 2010, we formed the Providence Center for Urban Leadership Development (now called the CrossPurpose Center for Urban Leadership). We offered a 2-year, urban leadership training program for young adults seeking to learn and gain practical experience in faith-based nonprofit work.
Career and Community Development
For the next five years, as we lived and worked alongside the homeless, single moms, ex-offenders, and refugees, we began to learn the limitations of traditional relief and fragmentary approaches in addressing the deep generational poverty of our neighbors. From them, we learned to stop asking “how do we help someone in poverty?” and we began to ask instead, “how do we help get someone out of poverty?” Taking what we observed from best practices in local and national poverty alleviation efforts, Uprise was launched in 2014 to change the conversation around adult American poverty.
Shortly thereafter, we refined our mission as a career and community development program and consolidated our community efforts, placing them under one nonprofit: CrossPurpose.
Our initial 18-month pilot program began in the fall of 2014 with 19 Leaders. Only 6 of the 19 were employed more than 20 hours per week and the remaining 13 averaged a monthly income of $186.50.
At the program’s completion, this group collectively averaged a monthly income of $1,717 – an 818% increase! Sixteen of the 19 retained better employment for six months or longer, and all 19 were 100% self-sufficient at the end of 18 months, and completely off government assistance.
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