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Crossroads Christian Center opening Safe Haven Home

NANCY BAKER FAUL/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALDCrossroads Christian Center, 14374 Dedeaux Road, Gulfport.
NANCY BAKER FAUL/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALDCrossroads Christian Center, 14374 Dedeaux Road, Gulfport.

Crossroads Christian Center is on a mission to help people in need, and to that end, the church recently opened Safe Haven Home.

An outreach ministry of the church, Safe Haven Home is a temporary shelter for women and children where they can stay until they find a permanent home. The shelter can hold about 10 people and has cots and showers.

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Christian Crossroads Church has teamed with Cedar Lake Christian Assembly to provide needed supplies, but donations of baby items, food, diapers and other essential items are still needed.

The home also is in need of a washer and two dryers. If you would like to help, call the church for details.

Gus Damers has been the senior pastor at Crossroads Christian Center since 2006, and Joanne Schlicher is associate pastor.

The church operates a USDA food pantry and serves more than 100 families each month. Hours are Wednesday from 10 a.m. until noon. Proof of residency and a current ID is required to register and receive food.

Farmers can donate their crop surplus to the food pantry by scheduling a drop off with the church office. Any other donations also would be welcome.

Crossroads' mission statement reads: "To provide a place where the family in God comes together to help those in need find their way to God for healing, strength and salvation."

Crossroads Christian Center began in the early 1960s and is part of the Assemblies of God. The pastors serve the Lord's Supper each first Sunday of the month and perform baptisms as needed.

"I would love to hear from anyone in our community," Damers said. "God is great, and I am here to help."

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