Welcome to Crossroad Women and Family Services home on the web. We are excited that you have stopped by. It's November already, a season of thanksgiving. Fall is definitely in the air. I love the fall and winter months. It's a special time to reflect on the countless blessings and express gratitude. It's a great time to share with those in need.
In some places people are still trying to recover from COVID-19. I don't know how many people realize not only the impact ofCOVID-19 but the aftermath. If your life and health know has been impacted by COVID you may have experienced memory loss, depression, brain fog, trouble breathing, fatigue, appetite changes, trouble with your legs and a cough that just doesn't seem to want to go away. If these symptoms don't improve I'd like to encourage you to seek medical attention.
March 2020 my father went to the hospital for a non-related one day procedure and contracted COVID-19. Because I had taken a course on COVID-19 I understood some of the problems he was dealing with and for that reason was able to advocate on his behalf. Unfortunately not every person survived but there memories will forever be with us.
2023 my family and I experienced a tremendous pain losing the rock of our family. My dad Bishop James D. Wright, Sr. passed away on April 28, 2023, fourteen days after celebrating his 78th birthday while in the hospital. My life has forever been changed. I've never known what it's like to be without a father. I know God as being a father to the fatherless and that reality has become very personal and profound in my life.
Let us continue to pray for families mourning the lost of their loved ones. My heart grieves for the innocent lives lost. I know what it's like to to feel helpless and hopeless. If you've loved someone the pain can be very deep. I know the pain of losing someone you love but nothing comes close to losing a loving father. Unfortunately, many children and youth wake up and go to sleep at night without the presence of their father.
This year I'll be spreading a message of hope, help and healing to children with parents affected by incarceration. If your life been affected by incarceration you can relate to the lived-experiences, hardships, loneliness and isolation many inmates and their families endure.
The struggle to keep the children engaged in healthy communication, financial pressures, problems at home, challenges at school, bullying, anxiety, depression, and strategies of successful co-parenting are just a few of the challenges. This year I'm asking friends like you to help our Prison Ministry outreach to provide Christmas gifts to children.
Here's How You Can Get Involved:
1. One-time donation ($20, $30, $40, $50)
2. If you run a business get your staff involved
3. Purchase a candle to help us meet our goal
4. If your school or youth group needs to raise funds contact me!
You may also mail a check or money order to:
Hope for the Holidays 2023
Crossroad Women and Family Services, Inc.
Post Office Box 2421, Kingston, New York, 12402
Thank you for spreading hope, help and healing for the holidays. On a personal note, as the mother of an incarcerated son holidays can be extremely difficult, lonely and depressing. If you know a child, wife, husband, parent, sibling affected by jail or prison you are aware of the grief families endure during the holidays. Let's change that narrative. Partner with us today. Thank you for your generous support.
Patrina M. Wright-Torres
President & CEO, Crossroad Women and Family Services
Author of The Exodus Breaking Cycles and Changing Lives
Host & Producer, "Restore, Recover, Rebuild", TV Broadcast Ministry