It is not possible for CrossRoads’ to fulfill its mission of revitalization, or to work within its core principles to 1) do WITH and not FOR our Grier Heights neighbors, and 2) act as a catalyst to positively impact social and economic mobility in Grier Heights without the establishment of trust and strong relationships. As Robert Lupton points out in his book Toxic Charity, “development work is long term” and its success is dependent on the establishment and maintenance of human relationships.
Through its Study and Fellowship Program, CrossRoads provides various opportunities for residents of Grier Heights, the members of CrossRoads’ sponsor churches and others to come together to build and strengthen personal relationships. These guided book or issue discussions give participants the opportunity to tell their stories and share their experiences with the goal to replace mistrust with respect and mutual understanding. Fourteen programs have been sponsored to-date.
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
Grier Heights Presbyterian Church
Grier Heights Community Improvement Organization
Myers Park Presbyterian Church