Care Center Volunteer

Dedicated, Christian volunteers constitute the very heart of Crossroads Ministries USA. Without volunteers, the ministry would not be able to function. To qualify as a volunteer, one must know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, be grounded in His Word, have a love for the elderly and a true desire to be a servant of Jesus Christ. Volunteers must also be in agreement with Crossroads’ Statement of Faith.

Crossroads recruits those who wish to become volunteers and trains them in the classroom, as well as in the care centers. When training is complete, our volunteers are placed in care centers to minister to assigned residents on a regular “one-on-one” basis. One-on-one has proven to be the most effective method of meeting the spiritual and emotional needs of the residents because the volunteers have the attention of the residents and the visits are personal. When a personal relationship develops—when the volunteers become friends with the residents—the residents begin to open up and share their hearts with the volunteers. As the residents become friends with the volunteers, they will almost always permit the volunteers to pray and read the scriptures to them. In time, many of the residents want to know more about the Christ the volunteers serve and they will respond to an invitation to accept Christ as their Savior.

In addition to one-on-one visitation, our volunteers lead church services, provide music and lead Bible studies. Our volunteers are also available to minister to the spiritual and emotional needs of the residents’ family members as well as the staff of these care-giving centers.

Just a note about children. A 100-year old male resident once commented: “Do you know what’s wrong with this place? There’s nothing here but old people!” He went on to say, “I have so many stories to tell and no one to tell them to.” The residents love to have children come to visit them and many of our volunteers take their children of all ages to visit them on a regular basis.

“Volunteering is love made visible.” — Unknown