When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again, he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
We offer the homeless population of the Saint Louis and area "HELP HOPE AND DIGNITY". We not only wish to offer advocacy services but as well work towards ending homelessness.
We are registered as a benevolent (A church that is not required to file 501(c)(3)) organization). Our ministry is governed by a board of trustees who manages our ministry using the bible as our operating guide. We pattern ourselves after the Good Samaritan Parable.
Our ministry assists with daily needs which includes toiletries and non-perishable food. We have three major projects we work towards annually. We have a summer block party the last Sunday in July, we assist with school lunches for the students who otherwise can’t afford it and we have our annual Christmas Party for the Homeless and less fortunate. Currently, we have also started working with those that are transitioning from homeless into new living quarters offering a welcome Home package.
Our short-term vision is to expand both our outreach and transitioning services. We currently offer “Welcome Home Packages” but would love to work with them on items such as budgeting or shopping or home economics.
In addition to our biblical messages, we hope to start a couple bible study groups. We are thinking of an Introduction to the Bible” and a “New Beginnings” to start off with.
Our medium-term vision is continuing our research in to how we can accomplish more to end the plight of homelessness. We are evaluating exactly what we can do to further fight the problem of homelessness.
Another medium-term vision is to increase the awareness of God’s word. We are researching the ability to starting a church that would not judge anyone and allow no matter who to attend.
The long-term goal of our ministry is to obtain a building of some sorts that would be utilized as a working drop in center. The main goal here would be to provide some of the gaps that the homeless community does not have access to. As well this would be a safe place to engage in counseling as well a place just to get out of the elements when necessary.
No matter what stage we are at, our primary vision is to connect with the homeless community showing God's love, sharing His word, and bringing people to the Lord. This can be accomplished through sermons, bible studies, one-on-one, or just someone coming forward on their own.
2010, two complete opposite people come together to serve the homeless. One was serving hot meals on holidays and the other wanted to give back after being homeless themselves.
Over the years they grew working together and were serving more frequently. The homeless were receiving cold drinks in the summer, warm items in the winter, and still serving them hot meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
In 2016, Christina Ramirez started Junkgirl Cares working with the homeless and less fortunate. We partnered with Junkgirl Cares to widen the resources and increase the number of homeless people we were reaching.
In the summer of 2017, we were informed that the founding member and president of Junkgirl Cares informs us that she is moving to Florida. Crossing Barriers Ministry’s board members took over the operations and worked them alongside Crossing Barriers Ministry.
The following year, the board of both ministries agreed to eliminate the duplication and merged Junkgirl Cares with Crossing Barriers Ministry. Anthony Dunne was appointed executive director and a new board consisting mostly new members were appointed. Crossing Barriers Ministry was formally registered as a benevolent organization.
We have grown to where we focus on several projects annually. The first being the weekly advocacy of serving the homeless with basic needs such as toiletries and non-perishable snacks. We also host a block party the last Sunday in July as well as our Annual Christmas Party for the Homeless and Less fortunate the last Saturday before Christmas. We assist local schools with children’s lunch accounts throughout the school year. Finally, we offer a “Welcome Home Package” to those that go from being homeless to their new home. We have slowly moved into some transition as well.
In the past year we have started publishing a podcast titled “STL Hope Podcast” that is published in audio format every Friday. On Wednesday we published on line and audio a mid-week bible study and the same on Sunday with a message from the word.
No matter our history or what decisions are made, Crossing Barriers Ministry will always be known for: HELP HOPE AND DIGNITY.
VOLUNTEERS & DONORS
It can't be stated enough times, without the charitable actions of our donors, our ministry would not be where we are today. We have way too many donors to list.
They say the criteria for a great volunteer includes totally into the cause, and energetic. I can say our volunteers go beyond the call of these traits. We have serving volunteers, we have donation drop off location volunteers, we have packing volunteers, and we have organizing volunteers. we are always looking for new volunteers that can OFFER A HAND UP NOT A HAND OUT.