Crossroads Community completes renovations
CENTREVILLE — New beginnings and a task successfully completed, after many years of hard work, were recognized on Thursday, Oct. 5, at Crossroads Community in Centreville as a new flag was raised on a new flag pole.
Crossroads Executive Director John Plaskon said renovations have been completed to the building — needed for their national accreditation — and as part of that process, it was a natural step to erect a new flagpole. It occurred to Crossroads, said Plaskon, that it was only fitting to have Richard Glanding, a Crossroads Community consumer who successfully appealed to the Board of Directors to install the first flag pole and fly the American flag at the Centreville location, back in 1998, raise the flag on the new pole for the first time.
When the first pole was installed in 1998, Glanding personally dug the hole for the pole, but when the time to raise the flag, he told staff that he couldn’t do it. Glanding said he felt he wasn’t worthy and deferred “to someone more important than I am” to raise the flag. Glanding had internalized the stigma of his mental health diagnosis, and it deeply affected his selfworth, said Suzanne Straub, resource development coordinator at Crossroads.
Glanding started with Crossroads in 1987 and was successfully discharged from service in 2009. Straub said before Glanding said good-bye to Crossroads rehabilitation staff, he was awarded the most prestigious consumer award: Consumer of the Year. He was very surprised by the recognition, said Straub, as the award name implies the recipient is an individual who stands out in their recovery journey, displaying qualities of a leader over the previous year; Glanding deserved to be honored as a symbol of the triumph of hard work.
At 57, Glanding still lives on the family farm in Millington and, when called upon, works for Crossroads as a driver. He credits the dedication of the Crossroads’ rehabilitation staff for helping him navigate and remain on his recovery journey.
The Crossroad’s organization was initially charged with providing psychosocial rehabilitation services to adults with serious and persistent mental illness who reside in Kent and Queen Anne’s counties. Over the past 31 years, Crossroads has grown to provide a full array of psychiatric rehabilitation services to adults and children and case management services to adults throughout five Mid-Shore counties. And in 2009, Crossroads expanded to provide clinical outpatient ser vices through its clinic, Corsica River Mental Health Services.
Glanding is returning to Crossroads briefly to finish a job, said Plaskon, closing the loop on a project he first started. It was fitting the flag be raised during Mental Illness Awareness Week, Oct. 1-7, said Plaskon.
The American flag, now flown at Crossroads Community in Centreville, was provided by state Delegate Steve Arentz and flew over the Annapolis State House on July 4 of this year. Arentz, Town Council President Tim McCluskey and Town Manager Steve Walls all attended the re-dedication ceremony.
“[The ceremony] is just one step in defeating any stigma associated with mental illness,” said Plaskon.
Richard Glanding, Millington, raises a flag on the new flag pole at Crossroads Community in Centreville.
From left, Crossroad Community Executive Director John Plaskon, Richard Glanding, Del. Steve Arentz and Centreville Town Council President Tim McCluskey.