Renaissance Crossroads Celebrates 15 Years of Changing Lives
By Alli Kauffman | October 14, 2016 | view story on Facebook
LEBANON, PA — On Thursday, October 14, more than 50 attendees gathered to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Pennsylvania Counseling Services’ (PCS) Renaissance Crossroads program and the lives it has helped gain freedom from addiction.
The anniversary event included introductory speeches from Crossroads’ founders and testimonies from alumni who overcame a substance addiction with the help of Crossroads’ intensive treatment, therapy and support.
Crossroads, located on the VA Medical Center campus in Lebanon, PA, is an inpatient treatment program that gives those with substance addictions the opportunity to receive drug and alcohol treatment in place of incarceration.
“Crossroads has allowed us to serve a population that maybe otherwise would have gone unserved, maybe otherwise wouldn’t have had those needs met, and we are thankful and grateful for that opportunity,” said Kim Ernest, Vice President of Criminal Justice and Recovery Programs at Crossroads. Ernest opened the event by presenting Crossroads’ greatest accomplishments over the past 15 years (see graphics below).
Following Lauren and Shane’s testimonies, Ernest opened the floor for comments and questions. Director of Lebanon County Probation and Parole Sally Barry stood to briefly address the successful results of long-term treatment facilities and also the primary concerns of financial barriers stalling treatment.
Before the event concluded, Lebanon County Commissioner Robert J. Phillips, a staff member from Congressman Charles Dent’s office and a representative from State Representative Mauree Gingrich’s office, presented Crossroads with certificates of recognition for the impact it has made through its work, successes and influence over the past 15 years.
Crossroads uses the combination of evidence-based treatment methods, strong therapeutic staff support and an inpatient community setting to help their patients counteract substance use disorders. The facility offers inpatient quarters including bedrooms, lounges, study rooms and more. Crossroads offers a short-term and long-term track for its patients and works personally and deliberately with each patient to achieve a life free from addictions and shame.