CrossRoads Corporation for Affordable Housing and Community Development, Inc. is a non-profit organization in partnership with the residents of Grier Heights, Myers Park Presbyterian Church, and numerous other stakeholders of Grier Heights in the revitalization of the neighborhood. CrossRoads’ vision is that Grier Heights will be significantly transformed and the quality of life dramatically improved with a constant focus on justice to its residents throughout the process.
After years of study to identify opportunities where it could make an impact on the Charlotte community, Myers Park Presbyterian Church (MPPC) founded CrossRoads Corporation for Affordable Housing and Community Development, Inc. on July 1, 2008. Expanding its existing relationship with Billingsville Elementary School, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg public school located in Grier Heights, MPPC made a significant commitment of time, talent and $1,500,000 to assist in the revitalization of Grier Heights. Additionally, critical support for CrossRoads’ mixed income housing initiative was provided by seven individuals, known as CrossRoads Angel Investors, each of whom funded the purchase of a lot in Grier Heights for CrossRoads’ later development.
Under the leadership of Neill McBryde, a Board of Directors was established comprised of a diverse group of individuals passionate about Grier Heights. The Board of Directors included not only members and staff of MPPC, but residents and representatives of the neighborhood, the pastors of Grier Heights Presbyterian Church and Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, two churches located in Grier Heights.
Don has served as the Executive Director of CrossRoads since its founding in 2008. Prior to this calling, Don enjoyed a brief retirement from a 36 year banking career. His strength in building relationships is evidenced by the success of CrossRoads.
A Chicago native, Danyae joined Crossroads as Program Director of Education in early 2018 after years of serving the needs of children in Grier Heights with CMS. A former teacher & mother of four, she has a deep passion for the educational advancement of all children and gains satisfaction from being resourceful & innovative.
Kathleen has translated her prior business, writing, and grant making experience into her role as a part-time Development Director. In addition to fund raising, she assists with budgeting, accounting, office administration and special projects.
As Program Director for Housing & Administration, Kathleen (#2) comes to CrossRoads with considerable experience with other non-profits as well as in residential construction having served as VP & Operations Manager of a design-build company for a number of years.
Working with children & families in Grier Heights since 2008, Ms. T joined our staff in Fall 2017 with a focus on youth programs. Adept at bridging gaps, she’s the go-to person regarding programs, classes, after-school options, youth mentoring & everything happening in the neighborhood and the GHCC.
Jania joined Crossroads in 2016 after completing a fellowship with Mama Hope focusing on non profit sustainability, fundraising and much more. She now leads the youth entrepreneurship program and assists with strategic program planning and development to support Crossroads’ infrastructure.
CrossRoads has received general operating and program funding as well as volunteer support for our revitalization efforts from the following organizations:
Alexander Graham Middle School
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
Augustine Literacy Project
Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Billingsville Elementary School
Carolina Youth Coalition
Chapman Family Foundation
Charlotte Area Fund
Charlotte Housing Partnership
Charlotte Housing & Neighborhood Services
Charlotte Mecklenburg Code Enforcement
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department
Charlotte Speech & Hearing
City of Charlotte
Common Wealth Charlotte
Communities in Schools
Costwold Elementary School
Duke Energy Foundation
Fill My Cup
First Tee of Greater Charlotte
Foundation For Fhe Carolinas
Freedom School Parthers
Grier Heights Community Improvement Org.
Grier Heights Presbyterian Church
Habitat for Humanity
Heart Math Tutoring
Helen Adams Realty
Howard R. Levine Foundation
I AM 24/7
The Learning Collaborative
Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation
The Merancas Foundation
Moore & Van Allen
Myers Park High School
Myers Park Presbyterian Church
Presbytery of Charlotte
Read Charlotte / Tutor Charlotte
Residents of Grier Heights
Self-Help Community Development Corporation
Sisters of Mercy of NC Foundation
Thompson Family Services
Trips for Kids
United Way of Central Carolinas
What’s Next Ministry
YMCA Camp Harrison