CROSSWALK CENTER, INC

Seamless Re-entry Discipleship

aka CROSSWALK, LLC   |   Houston, TX   |  www.crosswalkcenter.org

Mission

Advancing God’s Kingdom through Seamless Re-entry Discipleship

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Ms Kathryn Ann Vosburg

Main address

2103 N Main St

Houston, TX 77009 USA

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EIN

81-2470882

NTEE code info

Rehabilitation Services for Offenders (I40)

Transitional Care, Half-Way House for Offenders/Ex-Offenders (I31)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The lack of, post-release support after leaving the Criminal Justice System has a correlative increase in re-offense, recidivism and a continuum of additional hard costs to Texas taxpayers. Every day, five days a week, 245 days a year, at around 2 pm, 50 or more of the 16,350 plus individuals released annually from Texas Department of Criminal Justice prisons, arrive by bus at Houston's Midtown bus terminal. Isolated from society and our rapidly changing world for a number of years, most ex-offenders lack the basic knowledge of what to do after release. They do not know who to trust or who to turn to for help. They do not know how to access, much less how to find and navigate, all the regional service providers and ministries that could assist and enable them to transition and reintegrate successfully back into Houston communities and neighborhoods. They return with little or no money, no job prospects, no means of financial support. often no family willing to help, nor a safe home.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Steppin' Out Pre-Release Re-entry Discipleship and Character Development

A unique, 40-week character development and discipleship curriculum taught by volunteer facilitators inside prisons to prepare those leaving incarceration for reintegration back into society.

Population(s) Served

Coaches encourage further character development, disciple and aid in removing barriers to a successful and sustainable re-entry such as: finding and keeping a job; establishing a budget, as well as financial and savings goals; developing a support team; and learning to have fun God’s way.

Population(s) Served

In addition to six months of post-release coaching, CWC Clients are provided a minimum of 6-months Residential Reentry Programming. CWC’s Discipleship Homes reinforce the work done by the individual and their CWC Coach, providing a home based on accountability and support. Every home is adopted and served by a community church, which provides the residents with service opportunities within the community.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients participating in 40-week character development and reentry discipleship program in prison.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Steppin' Out Pre-Release Re-entry Discipleship and Character Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Metric is as of 9.15.2019, Serving Texas prisons and state jails, both men and women,

Number of (half-way house) transformational discipleship home program residents to-date.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Residential Re-entry Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Metric is as of 12.2019, Men, voluntarily entering into minimum 6-month seamless re-entry discipleship residential program after release from prison.

Percentage of Reentry Discipleship Home program graduates that have not been rearrested for a new crime or recidivated in over one year.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Startin' Out Re-entry Discipleship Coaching

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Metric as of 12.31.2019, Not one Graduate to-date has committed a new crime, been rearrested or has returned to prison in over a year.

Employment rate of eligible Reentry Discipleship Home program residents.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Startin' Out Re-entry Discipleship Coaching

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Metric is as of 12.31.2019, All eligible residents are working within seven to 14 days after release from prison. Wages range from $12 hourly + with benefits.

Number of financially, self-sustaining, safe and healthy (half-way houses) Transformational Reentry Discipleship homes in operation.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Residential Re-entry Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Metric is as of 12.31.2019, Programmatic re-entry housing for up to 48 men. House 3 and 4 opened in 2020, adding an additional housing capacity for 48, totaling 96 by September 1, 2020.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

CrossWalk Center aims to reduce the frustration, confusion and the inefficiencies in the re-entry process for ex-offenders. CrossWalk Center goals are: Provide character and life skills training coupled with Coach assisted pre-release assessment and re-entry plan development inside prisons; provide day-of-release transportation, first meal, clothing and reunification with family, friends; establish a sufficient number of safe and healthy transitional homes to re-enter to; immediately upon release provide safe and healthy housing, opportunities for living wage employment; and connect individuals to social service agencies, community organizations, and faith-based support systems.

CrossWalk Center strategy is: Firstly we serve as Coaches to ex-offenders so they may have a meaningful and sustainable re-entry, not just focusing on handing out information pamphlets, but connecting the individual and family to people and essential services and resources that will help them in their re-entry journey for as long it takes. CrossWalk Center's premise is a healthy, holistic, wrap-around social services, ministry, and faith-based community approach instead of a corrections approach.

The CrossWalk Center has a bold, but achievable vision that is encouraging and cultivating collaboration across all sectors; including regional social service agencies, governments, businesses and para-church organizations, all joining together, each doing their part to reduce recidivism.

Secondly, we operate transitional homes as a Coaching continuum from inside the prisons to outside into the community. All programming and fulfillment of social service needs, life skills training, job readiness and employment to ministry, all emanate from the homes.

CrossWalk Center's capabilities for fulfilling our mission and vision, and for meeting our strategic goals and objectives, lies in the experience and knowledge of our Board of Directors, Advisory Board, staff and volunteers.

Our board members have served as sheriff, civilian county jailer, missionary, pastor, TDCJ staff, and as founders, chairmen and board members of other non-profit organizations with high levels of fiduciary responsibility.

Our Staff have very specific education, skills and professional experiences that directly apply to meeting the goals such as: Former criminal justice employee, pastor, re-entry housing owner/operator, veteran, business owner/entrepreneur, founding nonprofit board member, mentor, employer, strategic marketing and communications, and development and fundraising.

Our Volunteers are integral to CrossWalk Center and come from all walks of life and experience. They serve in all areas of administrative services, outreach, marketing and communications, development and fundraising, coaches/teachers/facilitators/case managers. Some of our volunteers are ex-offenders themselves, and they especially are vested in the mission, uniquely qualified to serve and impact individuals coming out.

CrossWalk Center completed its pilot-year August 31st, 2017. In the startup year we established the 501c3 and went on to accomplish the following:

CrossWalk Center forged a key working relationship with Texas Department of Criminal Justice state level divisions of: Reentry and Integration, Parole, Rehabilitative Services and Chaplaincy.

CrossWalk Center developed proprietary training curriculum, and began training and equipping volunteer Coaches in motivational interviewing, reentry assessing and reentry plan and development.

CrossWalk Center hosts the largest monthly TDCJ Volunteer Training in the state.

Accomplishments by the numbers to-date:

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CROSSWALK CENTER, INC

Board of directors
as of 8/21/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Fred Robertson


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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/21/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/08/2019

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.