Crossroads’ mission is to nourish our community’s low-income families and individuals by providing nutritious food and supportive education.”
nourishing people and powering change since 2001
Crossroads Community Services was founded in May 2001 as an urban outreach ministry of First United Methodist Church, Dallas, with a mission to compassionately provide tangible support to neighbors in need.
Over the years, Crossroads’ programs and emphasis have changed from helping people keep their homes, to focusing on the health of our low-income neighbors and alleviating food insecurity.
Today, Crossroads fulfills its mission through our programs and services. We get nutritious food to the hands of our low-income neighbors through our distribution network and our in-house pantry. We also are changing the way people think of hunger and hunger solutions by providing supportive education to the general public and to the clients we serve.
The foundation for Crossroads began in 1983, when dedicated volunteers at First United Methodist Church, Dallas (FUMC) provided lunches and gently used clothing to individuals experiencing homelessness. Before long, FUMC opened a tiny food pantry in the church and began other outreach programs.
In 1998, First Presbyterian Church, Dallas (FPC) acquired the old Otis Elevator Building at 1822 Young Street, which soon became the home of The Stewpot, FPC’s outreach ministry for persons experiencing homelessness. FPC then invited FUMC to move its outreach ministry to share 1822 Young Street.
We were thrilled to move into more than 7,000 square feet of space to better serve more people. The Stewpot primarily served persons without a home, and Crossroads served low-income families. Together, we strove to provide a continuum of care.
In 2015, with faithful support of the Church, Crossroads rebranded itself and began operating as an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization in order to gain wider community support.
With abounding support of the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), we officially announced that we would be moving into the 72,000 square-foot distribution facility that once housed NTFB.
On December 22, 2018 we said goodbye to 1822 Young Street, a place we called home for 18 years. Throughout our time at Young Street, we saw tens of thousands of clients, distributed 28.5 million of pounds of food and shared endless smiles.
On January 2, 2019, Crossroads began operating out of its new facility. At the new location, Crossroads continues to distribute food through our in-house pantry and CDPs, and began serving NTFB Agencies. We are honored to carry on NTFB’s legacy of service in the southern sector of Dallas, as well as in Ellis and Navarro counties.
We have been blessed with a rich history and an abundance of support from wonderful organizations, and we look forward to our bright future!