About Our Founder:
In 2004 New Jersey native Rev. Patrina M Torres established Crossroad Woman and Family Services, Inc. a faith-based 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization to help abused, homeless and disadvantaged women and children EMBRACE a new beginning.
A former newspaper reporter turned author, public speaker, ordained minister and counselor to women and young girls she also serves as host and producer of, "Restore, Recover, Rebuild" Cable TV program and Radio Ministry. She utilizes the Internet, Television, Radio, Books and Public Speaking to spread a message of hope, help and healing to the hurting.
A passionate speaker with prophetic insight, she engages and empowers you with biblical principals and the wisdom to apply it to your life. Her mission is to help you overcome the pain of your past and begin again. Through her prison outreach ministry she teaches inmates about God's love for the hurting, the lost and the least. Having overcome abuse in her own life she shares her personal experiences to demonstrate that change, deep transformation and renewal is real.
With fire in her belly and passion in her voice she helps you embrace the "TRUTH" that you can live, laugh, love and DREAM again. An Alumni of Saint Peter's College she earned her undergraduate degree in public policy. She also studied at Feasting Table School of Counseling where specialized in temperament therapy and earned a B.A. degree in christian counseling. She has also studied at the New York Theological Seminary.
A recipient of leadership awards for her passion and commitment to service has included the 2000 Public Policy Medal, 1999 Academic Excellence Award and the 21st Century Leadership Award received from Christ Church, Montclair, NJ. In 2001 she was honored to receive an award from the City of Jersey City Office of Mayor Glenn D. Cunningham for successfully coordinating a Community Health & Wellness Empowerment Event.
A skilled writer and story teller Patrina Torres is author of Still Scarred, Totally Healed a book she wrote to help adult survivors of child sexual abuse find their path towards healing and recovery. She also helps first-time authors write and publish their books. She is a sought after keynote speaker, trainer and workshop leader. She speaks on topics such effective communication, professional and strategic development, team building, story telling and writing for business, branding and bottom line. Her ability to help leaders discover purpose and identify leadership styles is engaging and innovative.
She regularly speaks at membership organizations, high schools, colleges, non-profit groups, youth conferences, women's retreats and corporate events.
Her volunteer experiences have been very rewarding. She has served with The News reporter writers group as columnist, Chaplain for the Columbus County Regional Hospital, Advisory Board member for the Columbus County Teen Court Program and represented the faith-community for The North Carolina Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Council. Rev. Patrina Torres is enjoying life as wife of Pastor Reyes Torres, Jr and as mother, grand-mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend and on a mission to heal hearts, enrich minds and transform lives.