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About Cross Roads House

Founded in 1982, Cross Roads House provides emergency and transitional shelter to homeless men, women, and children in the Seacoast area. We provide homeless families and individuals with basic necessities, as well as the tools and guidance they need to return to permanent housing.
In 2017
Cross Roads House provided 35,535 bed nights of shelter to 515 people, including 36 families with 63 children.
Our emergency shelter for single adults was over capacity 82% of the year.
The average length of stay for all residents was 69 days.
View past annual reports:
Prior annual reports are available upon request
Our Mission

At Cross Roads House:

  • We protect men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in the Greater Seacoast area from exposure and hunger.
  • We provide secure, transitional shelter for those seeking to break the cycle of homelessness.
  • We support individuals and families by providing them with the opportunity to move with dignity and purpose to stable and decent housing
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Programs & Services
Cross Roads House provides a host of programs and services that help our residents get back on their feet and into permanent housing.

At Cross Roads House, we provide:

  • Emergency and transitional shelter
  • Three meals a day for our residents
  • Needs assessments and case management services
  • Access to a variety of services on-site (including mental health counseling, primary medical and dental care, AA & NA meetings)
  • Referrals to services throughout the community (e.g., public housing, rehab, counseling, parenting support, Community Action Programs and more )
  • Support and direction for returning to permanent housing
  • “Rent Ready” and “Ready to Work” seminar classes
  • Post-shelter case management to help maintain housing
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Our History
We're Local People Helping Each Other.

Cross Roads House opened its doors in 1982 to assist homeless individuals and families. We have since become one of the largest emergency and transitional shelters in New Hampshire, serving eastern New Hampshire and southern Maine. We currently house approximately 100 people on any given night, and our emergency shelter is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Cross Roads House offers food, shelter, and a proven program that helps our residents achieve their goal of independent and sustainable housing. In fact, the majority of people who have participated in our transitional program leave Cross Roads House for permanent housing, equipped with tangible goals and the skills to achieve them.

Our History
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Board of Directors

Cross Roads House is fortunate to have 19 community leaders representing a diverse range of industries serving on our Board of Directors.

The Cross Roads House Staff

Cross Roads House is open and staffed 24/7/365. Our highly skilled staff provide a host of supportive services for the 100+ residents we serve every day.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Is Cross Roads House a government agency and how is the shelter funded?

No, we are not a government agency. Cross Roads House is an independently run 501(c)(3) non-profit agency governed by a board of directors. Two-thirds of our operating budget comes from private donations. The other third comes from a combination of local, state and federal government grants.

Do you have volunteer opportunities and if so how can I get involved?

Yes, we welcome volunteers! Most volunteers work in our kitchen either prepping, cooking, or serving dinner. Each month, we offer a one-hour volunteer orientation that includes a shelter tour, an overview of kitchen operations and volunteer expectations. Contact us to learn more.

What is the best way to support the shelter?

The number one type of support we need is financial. Two-thirds of our operating revenue comes from private donations from individuals and businesses. Donations at all levels are greatly appreciated! Visit our Want to Help page to learn more.

Donations
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Cross Roads house relies heavily on the generosity of donors. Find out how you can contribute to support shelter operations.
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Volunteering
The success at Cross Roads House would not be possible without the help of volunteers. Find out how you can help our residents through volunteering.
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