Marinette County Shelter was established in 1978. In 1993, Marinette County Shelter constructed the Crossroads facility located in Peshtigo, WI. As a private, non-profit organization, the goal of the program is to ameliorate the problems encountered by the youth in Marinette County. The needs of youth, being many and vaired, necessitated the facility to get multiple licensing thus allowing it to operate as a Shelter Care and Group Home.
The philosophy of Crossroads is based on the recognition of the value of every human life. It is the belief that each individual must be given the opportunity to succeed in the world in which they live. Individuals should be able to use the educational and social skills they possess to find meaningful employment, satisfactory human relationships, and social awareness which will make their lives successful and productive.
To some of those, who due to family background, social environment, or other difficulties, cannot obtain these goals without additional help, we offer an opportunity for positive growth. The philosophy of Crossroads is that individuals function best when self discipline is the outgrowth of that which is within the individual. This self discipline will come from a structured freedom made available in a positive atmosphere.
Crossroads will operate on the principle that the freedoms of youth are granted by the assent of an adult. Crossroads will emphasize to these youth a greater understanding of that structure, by granting verbal requests for freedom based on the youth’s prior behaviors, adjustments and areas of emotional and developmental growth. A youth’s role or responsibility in society is based on accountability for ones behavior. Innappropriate behaviors will jeopardize their future freedoms.
Services Provided By Crossroads:
- Bring a greater awareness of the workings of society in which youth will be expected to participate in.
- Bring youth to a true understanding of their roles as members in our society.
- Develop responsible and self-sufficient young adults through individual treatment planning and behavioral contracting with DHHS.
- Provide independent living skills and allow real life experiences and use of skills.
- Provide realistic recreational programming geared to maintain a healthy life style.
- Develop work skills in youth by participating in work/restitution programs, volunteer opportunities, and community service opportunities.