Love Builds Up
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 with a 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.
How Love Builds Up
Myers Park Presbyterian Church is committed to advancing affordable housing in the Grier Heights neighborhood through our partnership with CrossRoads. Our disciples also support and engage with activities and programs that take place throughout the year at Grier Heights Community Center including, providing meal support, after school snacks, transportation, and event setup.
If you would like to engage in Myers Park Presbyterian Church’s partnership with CrossRoads, please email email@example.com.