William Charles Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Thu, 20 Oct 2005 02:58:33 -0400


October 19, 2005

Cross Roads House honored for service to homeless

By Kristen Melamed


More than 20 years ago, former pastor Gordon Allen was awakened one night by
people outside his home needing a place to stay.

Temperatures were low, and there was nothing in the area in terms of a
proper shelter.
Homelessness. In 1975, it was one of the greatest needs, Allen said. And
from the looks of it, the social concern is not going away anytime soon.

But as one of several people who helped create Cross Roads House, Allen was
on hand Tuesday when the program was recognized as a "Champion in Action" by
Citizens Bank and WMUR-TV.
Cross Roads received a $25,000 check that will be used toward long-range
plans of facility planning and renovations, according to Chris Sterndale,
executive director.

Though 75 percent of families and 60 percent of individuals leaving the
Cross Roads House's transitional program moved directly into suitable
housing in 2004, the need is still great.
Cross Roads, the largest emergency shelter in New Hampshire, according to
its Web site, now serves about 700 people each year and serves more than
16,000 meals per year.

The work that the employees do at the program is a "thankless, tough job,"
said the Rev. Peter Lane, of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Hampton. He has
served on the board for the last four years. He said he hopes this
recognition wil* raise awareness of the vital work Cross Roads had done in
the community."

The program is also celebrating its 20th anniversary at its current
location, which began as one building in 1985. Today, Cross Roads is a
four-building site.

WMUR will air three separate news segments on Cross Roads' success stories,
volunteer support and holiday giving program, according to Jeff Bartlett,
general manager at the TV station.

Tom Metzger, president and CEO of Citizens Bank, expressed concern over this
"very critical social issue" that he called "near and dear to our hearts