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CROSS Ministries Des Moines
Formed in the mid 1970s, CROSS Ministries, a nonprofit social service agency of the Presbytery of Des Moines, has grown every year of its nearly 40 years of existence, becoming a pillar of hope for people in crisis. Today CROSS Ministries serves thousands of men, women, and children every year!
- To provide financial assistance, food, and other basic survival needs to people in need.
- To advocate for changing social, economic and political systems which perpetuate poverty and oppression.
- To create a vision of justice and provide educational opportunities to churches, organizations, and the community concerning the plight of the poor.
2014 at a glance:
- Assisted 387 households representing 900 people with rent, rent deposits, mortgage, or utility bills to prevent homelessness.
- Provided 617 households representing 1,500 people with personal hygiene items, laundry vouchers, bus tokens, cleaning supplies, baby items, or storage costs for households in transition.
- In partnership with the Des Moines Area Religious Council gave food boxes 1,940 times feeding 7,347 hungry bodies (some duplicated). Additionally, bread and fresh produces only were provided to approximately 6,000 more people!
- Served more than 1,300 school children from low income families with a new backpack filled with grade appropriate school supplies at the CROSS Annual Back-to-School Giveaway.
- Advocated to improve the quality of life for all Iowans facing issues of poverty.
- Offered informational lectures, sermons, and workshops on poverty.
Still, the need is growing. Even though, due to our financial limitations, we are not able to help all who come to our doors, I am proud to report that in 2014, CROSS was able to rise to meet the need providing an increase of 37% more acts of service than in the year prior! With your help we can continue to make a difference in the lives of others in 2015!
Dr. Roberta Victor’s work involves providing direct services to homeless and near homeless clients, writing grants, fundraising, educating the public on the needs of special populations, and on advocating for those needs. She is a member of the Polk County Housing Continuum which facilitates collaborations among social service agencies to provide a coordinated plan that addresses the economic and social challenges that produce homelessness and affordable housing.
Dr. Victor is a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist who offers creative presentations on CROSS Ministries and homelessness and on working cross-culturally with Sudanese and other refugee populations. She is available for presentations for workshops, civic and religious groups, and has been approved for pulpit supply through the Presbytery of Des Moines.