Our History

Our Mission:  Provide people affected by poverty with basic services and opportunities that encourage self-confidence and self-sufficiency.

Cross-Lines was built on a simple idea - that poverty borne problems could be answered best by looking to the community for solutions and working together to tackle them.  For over 50 years Cross-Lines has joined together with concerned businesses, churches and citizens to improve the plight of the less fortunate. Under their leadership they created a legacy of programs that have positively impacted the lives of thousands of people in need. Our programs are a daily source of assistance for at-risk families, the elderly and single individuals.

Cross-Lines provides a wide variety of programs to serve those in need.  The diverse emergency assistance programs offer laundry services, shower facilities, clean clothing, and rent and utility assistance.  For those needing food, Cross-Lines serves breakfast and lunch five days a week in our community annex.  The food pantry and Commodities programs offer a bag of groceries to an average of 1200 qualifying families a month. The Cross-Lines Thrift Store is another valued community resource where individuals and families can purchase quality household items at a low cost.

Cross-Lines community garden has also been a great addition to the neighborhood.  With our garden expansion in 2010 we have been able to expand our production. Plots have been “adopted” by neighborhood families and other garden produce is sold for $1 per pound, given away to qualifying individuals at our food pantry and used in our food kitchen. To date, even with the summer heat of 2012, the garden has yielded over 3,000 pounds of produce.  The garden is a prime example of Cross-Lines’ emphasis on healthy eating and promoting healthy lifestyles.  We also partner with Whole Foods to provide healthy alternatives in our food pantry such as whole wheat pasta, natural peanut butter, and brown rice.