Everyone needs to recover from something. The more fortunate among us can hide the things we are addicted to, or pursue them in secret, believing no one is being hurt by them. But denial is no cure, and true healing requires transparency and deep honesty. It’s only when the pain of continuing the denial becomes too great, that the fear of really doing battle with the root causes of our pain can be overcome.
Recovery is just the beginning. Once freed from the shame of our past, we are free to grow in spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and relational maturity. The hurts that once defined us as failures, are now transformed to provide the inner fire that propels us forward to a new way of relating and living.
In 2006 Joe Tarasuk founded CrossRoads Freedom Center, a nonprofit ministry, with the goal of building recovery homes to provide support and guidance to men and women struggling with hurts, destructive habits, and other life crises.
Click here and learn how Joe’s story of his own drug addiction, drug trafficking, and incarceration led to a life of freedom in Christ and commitment to helping others get a second chance!
In 2011 he and his wife Maria purchased 16 acres in Ijamsville, Maryland as the site of the first CrossRoads Freedom Center.
The property, formerly a restaurant and inn, is being restored for a new purpose of providing men a safe place to build their recovery, gain work skills, and learn to live in community again.
How Does Crossroads Freedom Center Meet the Mission of Helping Men Recover?
By creating a one to two year residential program where individuals will recover from their life crises, so they can consistently and productively function in everyday life. Using the proven Celebrate Recovery Principles, discipleship through bible study, mentoring, and accountability, we will support and guide the men at CrossRoads. We also will equip them with life skills including financial management, service in the community and needed job skills including the option of attending the CrossRoads Culinary Institute.
By creating collaborative relationships with local congregations, CrossRoads begins the recovery process. This process will help residents restore the lives they were meant to live by connecting them to a local congregational community. In this setting they will experience people who will love them, assist them with their difficulties, and help them to develop a growing relationship with Christ.
By creating Hope Homes, our students will have continued support after leaving CrossRoads. Local congregations, individually or in cooperation with other congregations, will establish and maintain a house, apartment, or townhouse for CrossRoads graduates. Anyone leaving a residential program faces tremendous challenges getting back on their feet to live independently. Hope Homes will offer an opportunity for our graduates to make that vital transition with spiritual and personal accountability plus any other needed resources from fellow believers in the Body of Christ.
By working collaboratively with local congregations, businesses, and organizations we will ensure that students receive support and access to work, service, and leadership opportunities both during and after their recovery residency.
The vision for the property is for it to be an integrated complex including a residential home, worship center with classrooms and a gymnasium, and a fully operational farm and food service enterprise, that will teach farming, catering, culinary skills and business skills.
The last several months have seen the assembly of a team of people with an amazing array of skills – all with a passion to serve people who – like Joe – really only needed someone to care, and someone to give them a second chance.