ABOUT CROSSROADS HOPE ACADEMY
Crossroads Hope Academy is a non-profit 501(c)(3) home for foster boys who have had multiple failed placements in the Florida foster care system. Our main campus is a 20-acre home and school located on the northeast corner of Babcock Ranch Wilderness Preserve in Charlotte County. Our second location (opening fall of 2022) is a 13,000-square-foot home situated on 5 acres close to downtown Punta Gorda.
Making the transition from family life – even dysfunctional family life – to foster child is an unimaginably difficult proposition. Some kids have substantial complications for which the current foster care system is not well equipped to handle. These kids get moved from failed placement to failed placement. Their esteem suffers; they fall behind in school or drop out; many end up homeless.
Crossroads specializes in these cases. At Crossroads we take in these boys, between 12 and 17 years of age, and offer them a stable home – for most it is the first stable home they have ever known. Crossroads has specially trained staff and counselors who work to retrieve these kids from despair and help them grow and transition into well-adjusted and self-sufficient adults.
Crossroads became a full-time foster program in 2013. Prior to that Crossroads had contracted with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice for over 30 years. While there are many similarities between juvenile justice kids and foster kids, there also are many differences – not the least of which is that becoming a foster kid is never one of choice. No kid chooses to become a foster kid. These kids are in need of guidance, support and love – and they find this at Crossroads – and from you, our community. We cannot adequately thank you enough for the support you have shown our Crossroads family.
Crossroads would not be successful without the financial and volunteer support of our community. Providing the level of interaction, intercession, and care these boys need is much more costly than it is to meet the needs of kids who have not gone through their trauma. These costs are recouped by society ten-fold in the future as we break the cycle of government dependence, crime and irresponsible behavior which so often befalls kids who are otherwise abandoned.
We must never forget that these are just kids – we cannot abandon them.
HELPING KIDS FIND THEIR WAY
Our program offers a unique combination of education, treatment and behavioral services that provide a sense of normalcy for kids whose lives have been anything but normal. Youth are provided the opportunity to transform their lives through positive and motivating programming that inspires learning, leadership and personal growth.
Caring, positive role models at Crossroads Hope Academy provide youth the tools they need to transition into a successful home placement or an independent living program, working together with biological families, foster families, adoptive families and community resources.
To achieve these goals, Crossroads Hope Academy offers:
Comprehensive Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse Counseling
Trauma-Focused CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Collaborative Problem Solving and a Rewards-Based System
Individualized Educational Support
Vocational and Employability Skills Development
Casey Life Skills
Industry-recognized Certification Courses
Hands-on Learning through Experiential Opportunities
John Davidson, M.Ed., Executive Director
Edward (Bo) Balcomb, Director of Operations
Tina Clevinger, BS, Business Manager
Charity Martinez, Case Manager
James Marrone-Cabrera, Director of Education
Michelle (Shelly) Coakley, Food Service Manager
Liz Green, Community Relations Director
Joe Cherry, Team Leader
Travis Sylver BA, Team Leader