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Stories & Insights
We sat down with former Board Chair Jack McConnell to hear his perspective on his 16 years of service. Read his interview below!
September 07, 2022
Crossroads has been fortunate to benefit from the leadership of The Honorable John J. McConnell, Jr., "Jack," since he joined the Board of Directors in 2006 and took on the role of Board Chair in 2011. As he steps down as Chair, we wanted to hear his perspective on the last 16 years and express our appreciation for his unwavering commitment and support. We are grateful that he will remain a member of the Board moving forward. Thank you, Jack!
The centrality of housing to a well-lived life is paramount. Many of take for granted having a place to shower, a spot for kids to come home and do homework, or a bed to rest our head at night. These fundamental basic needs are not attainable for so many. Housing should be a right, but since it's not, we need to do our part.
My views have done a complete 180. I initially thought our role was making sure people needing shelter were comfortable. I didn't understand, for example, that our Community Room is actually designed as a spot for conversations between clients and staff about resolving their homelessness and not a place to stay for a while. I learned that if the Community Room was full, we weren't succeeding. I now recognize that without stable housing, everything else falls apart and the reason(s) why someone is experiencing homelessness can be complicated.
People experiencing homelessness are people just like you and me, whose lives took a tough turn and they just need a helping hand to get back on their journey. Crossroads meets people where they are with dignity and humanity. Finally, I hope donors understand how committed Crossroads is to fiscal responsibility. It's no accident that 81% of our revenue is spent on direct program support.