Cross­roads Com­mu­nity of­fers Christ­mas lunch

Record Observer - - COMMUNITY - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­

CEN­TRE­VILLE — In­cor­po­rated as a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion in 1984, Cross­roads Com­mu­nity be­gan de­liv­er­ing ser­vices to res­i­dents in Kent and Queen Anne’s coun­ties in 1983. The then fledg­ling or­ga­ni­za­tion was ini­tially charged with pro­vid­ing psy­choso­cial re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices to adults with se­ri­ous and per­sis­tent men­tal ill­ness. The or­ga­ni­za­tion now pro­vides ser­vice in Dorch­ester, Caro­line and Tal­bot coun­ties as well.

In re­cent years, Cross­roads be­gun the tra­di­tion of host­ing a Christ­mas lunch for its com­mu­nity mem­bers. This year’s lun­cheon was held at Cen­tre­ville United Methodist Church and served by staff and mem­bers of the board.

Guests were treated to fried chicken, mac­a­roni and cheese and baked pineap­ple among other de­li­cious menu items, and the meal was fin­ished with a dessert bar and ice cream sun­dae sta­tion. It is a time for the com­mu­nity mem­bers to visit with each other, as many do not have rou­tine trans­porta­tion, and meet with friends they do not often have a chance to see, said Suzanne Straub, resource de­vel­op­ment and vol­un­teer co­or­di­na­tor for Cross­roads.

While the guests ate and min­gled, Del. John Mautz, R-37B, District Steve Arentz, R-36, Mary­land Sen. Steve Her­shey, R-36, and Del­e­gate Jay Ja­cobs, R-36, ex­tended their well wishes.

Her­shey spoke for they group as he said they want to show their sup­port for all their con­sti­tu­ients and this is a pro­gram that they all feel very strongly about con­tin­u­ing. Arentz said, “This isn’t about us at all, it’s about them [the con­sumers] and just show­ing our sup­port.”

Cross­roads board mem­ber Todd Wothers said he hoped their guests would be sur­prised with Santa’s visit at the end of the meal. Each guest would be re­ceiv­ing a card with a $10 bill and $5 gift card, he said.

“I learn more from our con­sumers and by be­ing a part of this or­ga­ni­za­tion than they will ever re­al­ize,” he said. “Ev­ery­one is smil­ing. It is great to bring us all to­gether.”

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