Crossroads Community offers Christmas lunch
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.”