Crossroads Safehouse

Fort Collins, CO   |  www.crossroadssafehouse.org

Mission

Crossroads Safehouse shelters, supports, advocates for, and empowers all people so we can live free of domestic violence and interpsonal abuse.

Ruling year info

1980

Executive Director

Ms. Lisa Poppaw

Main address

PO Box 993

Fort Collins, CO 80522 USA

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EIN

84-0786145

NTEE code info

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As the only full-service agency in Larimer County exclusively serving victims of domestic violence, Crossroads' services are vital to the health of this community. Domestic violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime, and 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will become victims in their lifetimes. As a result of their abuse, many of these victims have been cut off from their support network of family members and friends. Their access to financial resources is often limited by their abuser, and those looking to escape this situation are faced with the impossible choice between homelessness and returning to an unsafe home environment. Each year, hundreds of victims and their children turn to Crossroads when they need a safe place to stay.

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?

Emergency Shelter

Our emergency shelter provides safety to domestic violence victims and their children and acts as the foundation for all other programs and services available to those in need.

Crossroads' shelter is a 29,000 square foot facility with a state-of-the-art security system that houses all programs and services as well as residents and staff. Crossroads can provide housing for 32 families (up to 104 beds) available to domestic violence victims and their children for up to eight weeks. Crossroads is open 24/7/365 and provides all programs and services to victims and their families at no cost regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, income level, religion, or sexual orientation.

Crossroads' emergency shelter provides more than just safety and shelter to victims and their families. We strive to break barriers victims may face and encourage them to seek help through our comprehensive services that are victim centered.

Population(s) Served

Advocacy: Both victims and their children receive an advocate upon entering the safehouse through our Family Advocacy model. An advocate is available 24/7 at Crossroads to deliver services and support to both residents and non-residents. Our highly trained, compassionate advocates walk side by side with victims and their families through their journey and assist them with safety planning, navigating available resources and play a vital role in helping them move towards permanent safety.

Support Groups and Therapy: Weekly support groups are available to both residents and non-residents as well as free counseling services to ensure the emotional and psychological well-being of those we serve.

Population(s) Served

The Youth Program at Crossroads Safehouse provides crisis intervention, safety, and personal advocacy for children who are secondary victims of domestic violence. The agency works across generations to mitigate the effects of trauma and enable families to move forward. Crossroads utilizes a trauma-informed, strengths-based advocacy model that is short-term and empowers each family member to reach their goals. Youth victim services are available to both residential and non-residential (Outreach Program) clients. Programs include:
• Group therapy, including music, art and animal therapy
• "Time to Play" group allows children to enjoy the playroom and playground
• "Hands Are Not for Hitting" education and prevention curriculum
• Age-appropriate individual advocacy
• Family advocacy for parenting support
• Access to resources such as tutors, child therapy, and family case workers
Each part of the Youth Program is designed to give kids the 1-on-1 attention their parents may be unable to provide as they heal from trauma and prepare to take their next steps. Even during the simplest interactions, Youth and Family Advocates provide children with gentle instructions for the development of skills such as sharing, conflict resolution, and healthy communication. These tools are essential as families move through the long-term process of rebuilding their lives without violence.

Crossroads also facilitates a youth education and prevention program called "Time to Talk" in Poudre School District high schools. This program is based on a peer-education model and aims to reduce domestic violence and increase awareness. Trained youth advocates facilitate eight "Peer Trainer" education sessions each year for up to 50 junior and senior high school students. These students spend seven hours in each training session learning about domestic violence and the red flags of unhealthy relationships. After the training, these Peer Trainers present the information to younger students during health classes. Each of these presentations is attended by a qualified volunteer or staff member to answer more difficult questions that may arise, but sessions are led by Peer Trainers.

Population(s) Served

Our legal advocates can help victims navigate the legal system, identify their rights, attend bond hearings on their behalf, and help victims regain their independence and move towards permanent safety through the criminal justice system.

Population(s) Served

Bringing Justice Home is a separate program of Crossroads Safehouse that assists eligible domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking survivors by providing no-cost bilingual legal representation in a wide range of legal matters including, but not limited to, civil protection orders, divorce, and custody cases. BJH directly serves Larimer and Weld counties and supports Routt, Grand, Jackson, and Moffat counties.

Population(s) Served

The Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) is a team of volunteers who respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week to scenes of domestic violence at the request of law enforcement agencies or medical facilities. These victim advocates provide immediate, on-scene advocacy, referrals to resources, support, court information, and connections to other Crossroads programs. Victims served by DART advocates are contacted by a legal advocate on the following day, providing additional support and information about the court process. DART advocates are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Population(s) Served

Individual advocacy, support, education and referrals are provided to the Spanish-speaking community. Spanish support groups are available each week with childcare provided. Our bilingual advocates can provide one-on-one support to Spanish-speaking victims.

Population(s) Served

Staff and volunteers work throughout the year to provide information about domestic violence issues to community organizations, businesses, government agencies, schools, etc. Quarterly community trainings are hosted at Crossroads, as well.

Population(s) Served

Road to Home (RTH) will provide transitional housing and other supportive services to homeless victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Project partners for this grant include the Northern Colorado Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement System (CAHPS), Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Center, Northern Colorado Health Network, Connections, Free Our Girls, Project Self-Sufficiency, and the City of Fort Collins Social Sustainability Department.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Spirit of Giving Award 2010

United Way of Larimer County

Volunteer of the Year Award 2010

United Way of Larimer County

Soul of the City Award 2009

Fort Collins Housing Authority

Exemplary Organization Award 2008

Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Housing Colorado 2012

Eagle Award

Affiliations & memberships

National Network to End Domestic Violence 1996

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence 2004

United Way Member Agency 1996

Chamber of Commerce 2012

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 unduplicated clients served in a calendar year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of clients who feel more confident in their ability to plan for their own and their family’s safety as a result of their experience at Crossroads

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of clients who know more about available community resources as a result of their experience at Crossroads

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

The primary purpose of the organization is to meet the immediate basic needs of domestic violence victims and their children through services that address safety, options and stability, including emergency shelter, food/clothing, crisis intervention, and advocacy/case management for adults and children. Once these immediate needs have been met, Crossroads extends its network of wrap-around supportive services to move victims and their children toward permanent safety and self-sufficiency. Additionally, Crossroads' secondary focus is on community outreach, prevention and education, as well as building partnerships with other area agencies for client referrals and collaborative trainings.

Crossroads' advocacy model allows direct-service advocates to identify clients' immediate needs and provide crisis intervention; information; counseling; advocacy; and referrals to broader-scope services in the community. The agency provides best-practice services that are victim-centered, trauma-informed and designed to move these individuals from crisis to stability, thereby enhancing the social and emotional wellbeing of victims and their children.

Crossroads Safehouse has supported victims in Larimer County and beyond for more than 39 years. The agency has served over 100,000 individuals since opening, and has remained on the cutting edge of best practices for victim care and community prevention and education. Other area agencies often request domestic violence training from Crossroads, establishing the organization as a community leader in serving victims of domestic violence and their children.

Crossroads continually seeks to address the demand for services by promoting the agency's visibility in the community and improving access to its services. The organization recently extended the maximum shelter stay from six to eight weeks in order to address the lack of affordable housing in the local community, which has led to a significant increase in the average length of stay for individuals and families in the shelter. Additionally, the Bilingual Outreach Program was expanded to better reach the Latino population in Larimer County by providing a safe place for men and women to learn more about domestic violence and share their own experiences in a culturally-sensitive environment, without fear of recognition or retaliation by their partners. The Volunteer Program was recently restructured as well, expanding recruitment efforts and increasing the number of training sessions from three times per year to seven. These efforts have been extremely successful, more than quadrupling the number of direct-service volunteers and dramatically boosting participation in non-direct service roles. The increased hours contributed by new volunteers have resulted in improved services, increased productivity, and improved client/advocate relationships, which enables Crossroads to run with minimal staff while maintaining quality of service.
Moving forward, Crossroads will continue these efforts by supporting victims and their children with life-saving and life-changing services, as well as by facilitating community prevention and education programs.

Financials

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Operations

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Crossroads Safehouse

Board of directors
as of 11/07/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Mike Beckstead

City of Fort Collins

Term: 2017 - 2019

Keely Mendicino

Krafts Kurbing

Angie Penland

First National Bank

Laurie Dean

District Attorney - 8th District

Lorenda Volker

Assitant Larimer County Manager

Marcella Wells, Ph. D.

Private Practice Psychologist

Doug Dohn

Dohn Construction, Inc.

Ned Breslin

Tennyson Center for Children

Julie Zinn

Bongo

Bob Clancy

Independent Financial

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