Crossroads Mission is a faith-based, non-profit offering several services dedicated to “glorifying god through helping individuals who are at a ‘crossroads’ in their life.” Crossroads is located in Yuma, Arizona, a fast-growing city in the southwestern corner of the state, and has been in operation since 1957.
Crossroads offers emergency shelters and a soup kitchen along with two substance abuse programs. New Life is a four-month residential treatment program with a detox facility. New Way is a six-month outpatient program. Its substance abuse programs were licensed in 2001.
Accommodations and Food
Many New Life residents come to the program through its 10-day detox facility. If, after detoxing, they choose to continue treatment, they can enroll in New Life’s four-month program. The program treats men and women who are housed in two residential homes. Residents have at least two roommates and shared bathrooms. Meals are taken at the Mission’s main dining hall, which provides three meals each day to hundreds of the Mission’s program participants and food-insecure residents of Yuma.
Residents rotate through house chores and must maintain their personal space. Residents are not allowed cell phones or personal computers, but they can use the Mission’s computer lab for educational and job search activities. While the facilities don’t have exercise rooms, residents can get transportation to a nearby gym each week.
Treatment and Staff
During the first 30 days of treatment, residents focus on group and individual therapy and are not permitted visitors. Residents attend several groups each day and have individual counseling twice a week. They are also encouraged to attend twice-weekly Bible Study classes.
The treatment team at New Life is headed by Clinical Director Myra E. Garlit, an LISAC and Master’s of Education. The rest of the treatment team includes Behavioral Health Professionals, Behavioral Health Technicians and Behavioral Para Professionals. New Life refers clients with co-occurring disorders to a nearby mental health clinic.
At the residences, EMTs and House Managers are on premises 24/7. The overwhelming majority of the treatment team at New Life is in recovery, and alumni remark on how important the ability of the team to relate to their situation was to their success in recovery.
New Life uses CBT in treatment and is a strong supporter of the 12-step framework. Residents are required to attend 12-step meetings each week, the frequency depending on their treatment plan. Residents are also encouraged to attend daily mass in the main campus’ chapel from 7am to 7:30am.
After 30 days, residents can receive family visitors at designated times, and they begin working with their counselors to set education and employment goals. They’re also encouraged to find volunteer opportunities with Crossroads or in the community. New Life has relationships with several training and job referral programs.
Crossroads Mission has a large computer lab for use by participants in all of its programs. It also has extensive case management services to help connect residents with other supportive services in the community.
For aftercare, alumni of the New Life program often enroll in New Way, the Mission’s outpatient program.
For nearly 60 years Crossroads Mission has been providing emergency shelter and food services for the residents of Yuma. Its long-term residential substance abuse program has been effective in helping even long-time addicts turn their lives around by teaching a commitment to spiritual development and service to others.
Crossroads Mission: New Way Residential
944 S. Arizona Ave
Yuma, AZ 85364
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