Since 1974, the mission of Crossroads is to provide housing, education, support, counseling, and employment training in a homelike environment for women who have been incarcerated. Our primary goal is to empower women with new skills to help them step out of the revolving door of prison and move towards economic self-sufficiency.
Crossroads has two primary program homes in Claremont, California. Claremont is a beautiful, safe and community orientated city which is an ideal location to build our program. We also have one transitional home in Pomona for women who have recently completed the program. We are able to serve just over 30 women per year and the majority of those women go on to be self-sustaining members of the community.
Formerly incarcerated women have multi-layered needs. It is not enough to provide food and shelter to break the cycle of addiction and prison. Through our six-month residential program, women learn skills to cope with everyday living through specific curricula, case management, and a supportive living environment. We expect that almost all of our residents will complete the program, become economically self-sufficient, and not return to prison.
Crossroads Graduates celebrate their success at the annual Backyard Fiesta.
Executive Director, Terry Dodge, SSL
Since 1989, Sister Terry has committed to running and growing Crossroads, Inc. In recent years, her focus has been on women who have been released after serving life sentences.
She has been an invited speaker to many events around the country, advocating for support of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women. In 2010, Sister Terry received the prestigious Minerva Award, presented by Maria Shriver, for women “who serve on the frontlines of humanity.”
For the past 25 years I have been in and out of prison … not exactly what I expected to be doing when I entered with the Sisters of St. Louis 40 years ago. Since I was young, I had always wanted to be a teacher. So teaching at St. Bede the Venerable, Our Lady of Malibu, and Louisville High School was a dream come true. But life has a way of changing focus and I found myself more and more interested in the criminal justice system.
Over the years, Crossroads has grown from a simple group home for six women to a licensed residential program with a capacity for 24 women and a gender responsive curriculum; an employment readiness program open to any woman at risk; an advocacy project which educates the public about criminal justice issues, particularly women serving life sentences.
Crossroads Board of Directors
Sister Terry Dodge, SSL – Executive Director
Heather Long, Associate Director
Jacqueline White – Program Director
Robyn Elmore, Case Manager