CrossWalk Center Raises Awareness of Need for Re-Entry Discipleship and Social Services for Formerly Incarcerated
HOUSTON, TX – CrossWalk Center, a Houston-based nonprofit that strives to end the cycle of recidivism, recently hosted “Changes and Chances” to raise awareness of the critical need for re-entry discipleship and social services for men and women recently released from prison. The keynote speaker, Texas State Representative James White, addressed attendees on the need for criminal justice reform and essential resources for those formerly incarcerated.
Two of CrossWalk Center’s clients spoke during the event, sharing their individual journeys and how the nonprofit organization assisted them in providing life skills training and spiritual direction along with access to affordable housing and employment.
“Discipleship and social services are critical to effectively ending the cycle of recidivism and making our communities safer,” said Kathy Vosburg, executive director of CrossWalk Center. “We work hand-in-hand with returning citizens, equipping them with the necessary guidance and tools they need to lead productive and successful lives, despite their past transgressions.”
The “Changes and Chances” event coincided with “Second Chance Month” during April, an observance to raise awareness of the various obstacles men and women face after a time spent in prison. First launched in 2017, “Second Chance Month” is an initiative to help the 70 million Americans with criminal records live up to their potential.
“Changes and Chances” took place on Friday, April 9, at the Houston Marriott CityPlace at Springwood Village in Spring.
CrossWalk Center provides re-entry discipleship and social services to the nearly 17,000 individuals released every day from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) prisons. A faith-based restorative justice program for incarcerated men and women, the organization, strives to reduce recidivism. The nonprofit provides access to resources such as safe and affordable housing and employment opportunities as it works to serve the Kingdom of God, unconditionally welcoming, serving, and coaching returning citizens, giving them hope. For more information, visit www.crosswalkcenter.org.