Mission: CrossRoads Corporation is a faith-based, non-profit organization that honors the history and supports the collective vision of rejuvenation, economic stability, healthy living, and educational achievement within the Grier Heights community.
Population Served: All Grier Heights community residents.
History: In 1886 Sam Billings, a formerly enslaved man, purchased land with the intention of creating a farming community. Over time the neighborhood grew into a popular suburb for families of color. By the 1920s, Grier Heights was home to several of Charlotte’s prominent Black residents, including Arthur Samuel Grier, a funeral-home director for whom the community is named. Grier Heights has remained a vibrant community despite facing inequities such as gentrification, houses being converted to rental property, & other issues that are all-too-familiar to many communities in the Charlotte area. In 2008 MPPC founded CrossRoads, a faith-based, non-profit organization to walk along side the residents of Grier Heights as they navigate these inner-city inequities.
Approach: CrossRoads is organized around a holistic approach to community development and neighborhood preservation. The approach to neighborhood revitalization addresses a full range of critical needs every day with focus on affordable housing and critical home repair; preschool, youth and adult education and enrichment; staffing and operation of the Grier Heights Community Center; and building empowering relationships with neighborhood residents through fellowship and study.
1. Housing – New affordable housing and market rate homes as well as critical home repair for existing housing stock.
2. Youth – Academic support, enrichment, and mentoring offered for all Grier Heights children ages preschool through grade 12.
3. Grier Heights Community Center – The neighborhood focal point for the provision of needed programs and services to all residents.
4. Fellowship – Various programs sponsored by CrossRoads and our faith-based partners to foster fellowship and build relationships between Grier Heights residents and the community at-large.
If you would like to learn more about CrossRoads Corp. and the many ways to support this organization email Patty Arcia, Director of Outreach, at PArcia@myersparkpres.org.