Crossings at St. Jude’s Ranch
Supportive Housing Program
The Crossings Program provides supportive housing and services for homeless 18 to 25 year olds, including intensive daily and/or weekly case management in a 15 unit apartment-style residential program. Mentored residents set goals to become stable, self-sufficient and productive members of the community by connecting them with appropriate community services and developing a strong sense of self-determination. Participants in the program are expected to continue their education, work and be active in the community while striving to master essential life skills.
The Crossings program provides these young adults a second chance at living a healthy productive life. We teach residents how to take ownership for their actions, the importance of saving money for the future; we earn their trust by listening and not judging. We provide financial assistance with food, household goods, clothing, personal care products, interview attire, school tuition and books. We provide a safe, secure living environment with easy access to bus lines and various businesses for them to obtain employment. Our caring and dedicated staff are driven towards helping these young adults succeed. Staff are available 24/7 in case of emergency. Some of the program’s goals are for residents to be employed within 45-90 days of enrollment into the program and for 60% of the 15 residents to graduate the program with stable employment, their own apartment in the community, GED, high school diploma and a savings of $2,500.
This project is directly aligned with the Help Hope Home plan which is Southern Nevada’s plan to end homelessness, the Clark County Continuum of Care’s priority areas and the Ready for Life Southern Nevada Initiative.
- A recent report estimates the lifetime monetary value of saving a single high-risk youth to be anywhere from $2.6 million to $5.3 million per youth.
- The average total cost of providing intensive family preservation services ranges from $3,100 to $10,000 per year.
- Compared to the lifetime cost to society for a high-risk youth, this equates to a 255 to 532 times return on investment (ROI). (Source: Prevent Child Abuse America).
St. Jude’s Ranch Crossings Community Partners include:
- Workforce Development Board and Workforce Connections
- The Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation
- Three Square
- UNLV School of Public Affairs
- Volunteers in Medicine
- Easter Seals
- Building Hope Nevada
- Clark County Community Resources Management
- HUD State Office
- SNRPC Committee on Homelessness
- Architect – Lucchesi Galati
- County Commissioner Mary Beth Scow
- Grant Writers – Cyndy Ortiz-Gustafson, Wendy Waite and Jennifer Ouellette
- Helen Foley – lobbyist
- Jennifer Lazovich – lobbyist
A recent resident’s testimonial:
“I was depressed, angry, hopeless, no confidence, too giving and shy”. Since I’ve been in the Crossings program” I am now confident, extremely happy, patient with decision making, and I’ve learned how to say no”. I fell loved and now I am able to understand real love and how to receive that love without giving a part of me away or my money. I am looking forward to graduating the Crossings program in June 2013.