What We Do
Cross was established to provide residential opportunities for adults with IDD (Intellectual developmental disabilities). This service is provided by three personal care homes shown below.
Each home is unique reflecting the personalities of those living there. Since our residents come to stay, much care is given to matching the residents to the right home. We wouldn’t place a 21 year old in a home with mostly 50-60 year olds.
At Cross we “do life together” which is much different than providing care for residents. We firmly believe that each resident is unique and has something to offer the others in the home including staff.
712 Pinola Road
Shippensburg, PA 17257
St. Thomas, PA 17252
1073 York Road
Dillsburg, PA 17019
The homes are Personal Care Homes which means each resident must do a measure of their own care. They should be able to vacate the building on their own during a fire drill.
Each home has House parent(s) who live with the residents. Since all residents are IDD, security is a very high need. House parent(s) provide the continuity that enhances security as they “do life together.”
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The Staff of CROSS are available to come to your church and conduct a training on disabilities awareness and the “how to’s” of working with people with disabilities.
Presently, we are teaching a course at Evangelical Seminary in Myerstown called “Theology, Disability and Ministry.” 13 Students are exploring the Biblical basis for ministry to those with disabilities as well as the importance of those with disabilities being included in the Body of Christ as equal members.
Camp has proved to be an excellent training ground for individuals wanting experience and training with persons with disabilities. Many of our camp staff continue their journey after camp working with persons with disabilities.
Children and adults with special needs love an opportunity to go camping. Each year an amazing group of volunteers from throughout the United States come together to provide and amazing experience for our campers. There are a myriad of activities to engage the campers and lots of one on one attention. The key to the success is the intergenerational staff working together for the well being of the campers and to the Glory of God.
Camp is not respite care so we ask that our campers have the mental ability to grasp the concepts presented in our daily Chapels and Bible classes.
In the summer, we provide several weeks of camping for youth and adults with physical and mental disabilities. We rent a camp in Mercersburg and one in Carlisle and have campers from Franklin, Cumberland, Perry, York, Adams and Dauphin counties.
Camper fees cover about 50% of the expenses. We depend on the community for the remainder.