MISSION STATEMENT: Crossover Downtown Outreach Ministry is a faith-based, interdenominational mission established to provide free emergency food, clothing, household, personal items, and youth programs to those most in need in our community. We provide faith-based services and programs, showing the love of Christ, restoring hope, and rebuilding lives.
Crossover Downtown Outreach Ministry is a faith based, interdenominational, non-profit agency located in downtown Flint near the corner of Court St. and Grand Traverse. We were founded by three Flint churches in 1991: First Presbyterian, St. Paul's Episcopal, and Court Street United Methodist, who were joined in 2001 as an ongoing sponsor church by Riverside Tabernacle. These churches united to provide a convenient, centrally located, service center to help meet the needs of the less fortunate and offer programs designed to help persons become more self-sufficient . . . to "cross over" to a better life.
Crossover's mission is to help families, children, and the homeless with free emergency food, clothing, personal needs, household items (such as dishes, pots and pans, bedding, infant items, and personal care products), and other miscellaneous items. Clients who come into Crossover are screened and referred by the Department of Human Services; Love, INC; the YWCA Women's Shelter; the Wellness/AIDS agency; and a number of other churches and agencies in the area. In addition, we offer programs to improve the quality of life and self-sufficiency of clients via youth programs and on-the-job experience.
Crossover receives its funding from individual contributions, churches, civic organizations, businesses, and grants. Food comes from donations by churches and individuals, and from the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. In-kind donations of clothing and housewares are generously made by individuals, churches, civic organizations, businesses and more!
Our Supporting Churches
Lionel Wernette, President
Melissa Bishop, Vice President
Connie Pangle, Treasurer
Judy Clippard, Secretary
Pastor Thomas Mattiuzzo
Rev. Dr. Joseph Novak
Rev. Jeremy Peters
Rev. Dan Scheid
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Rev. Dr. Douglas Mercer
William H. Piper
Dr. John L. Snell
Craig Leavitt, Executive Director
Denise Diller, Interim Executive Director
Elisabeth Hamilton, Development Officer
Karen Dukes, Center Coordinator