About the Program

Employment assistance and skill building

Turning Points Staffing Services (TPSS)  is a three-week life skills program, followed by assistance in the search for employment.

Essential emotional and social preparation to help re-enter the workforce and assistance in employment search. Financial management skills where 75% of resident income is saved.

Support

  • Assessment and individualized goal setting to determine specific individual needs and develop goals.
  • Group sessions which include substance abuse, relapse prevention, anger-management, health, self-esteem, and relationships.
  • Development of social skills: group dinners, volunteer opportunities in the community.

Alumnae House

After the initial six-month period, women may continue their transition to independence, paying rent and receiving support from Crossroads staff as needed.

Program Basics

In addition to meeting the basic needs of each woman. Crossroads provides transportation, telephone access, life skills sessions, and substance abuse education and counseling sessions.

Women are assisted in accessing social services, and when ready, in job and housing searches. All women volunteer at a local organization where they serve meals to seniors to learn new skills and interact with community members.

Crossroads provides a safe, supportive, and stable environment while women pursue employment, collect resources (Crossroads requires that each woman save a minimum of 75% of her earnings), look for permanent housing, and practice a new lifestyle. Along with shelter, clothing, and meals, all women at Crossroads receive health, mental health (if needed), personal counseling through the Clinebell Institute at the Claremont School of Theology, dental care, and vision care while at Crossroads.

Additional programming includes group session focused on women’s well-being, individual case management, drug and alcohol education, critical thinking and life skills courses, and learning to live life after incarceration.

Needs of Incarcerated Women

  • Recovering from past physical and sexual abuse
  • Managing substance abuse problems
  • Developing job skills
  • Money management
  • Basic life skills
  • Rebuilding relationships
  • Counseling

86% of Crossroads graduates are self-sustaining after six years.