Crossroads is struggling amid high demand
We hear a lot about need in our community – for food, for shelter, for jobs, for simply a helping hand amid our staggering unemployment rate.
Crossroads Mission is no exception.
The mission received a boost this month in the form of 1,200 pounds of meat, a donation officials say will keep meat on the table for about a month.
But the organization noted that at this point, meat is considered a luxury item, as is milk, cheese, butter, eggs, sugar and flour.
Imagine a life where that’s the reality. No eggs at breakfast. No milk for your child to drink. Butter? Not today.
It’s a harsh truth for the agency, which is struggling to feed the families that walk through their doors each day.
Crossroads serves about 10,000 meals a month – 350 to 400 meals a day. The need has increased from June to July by about 1,100 meals, officials said, noting that families are coming in hopes of a hot meal.
The agency does more than feed families, however. They also offer assistance to the homeless, as well as drug abuse and alcohol recovery programs. They provide beds to those without, provide classes for high school equivalency diplomas, and when possible, donate clothes and household items to those in need. Every Christmas, they make sure no one goes hungry, serving 1,200 meals a day for three days.
They have a long history of helping Yuma, stretching back to 1959.
But, as with many other agencies, they’ve taken a hit as the unemployment rate stays high, with no relief in sight.
Officials note that donations of any kind help – from food and diapers to money and gift cards. Volunteers are also needed year-round.
To learn more about how you can help Crossroads, call 783-9362, or visit www.CrossroadsMission.org.