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November 16th, 2022

How to be a Help in Hard Holiday Times

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This time of year, the sun shines less, and darkness covers us for longer periods of time. Warmth is…

November 25th, 2022

the way home podcast

the way home, episode 15

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Today’s episode features Dr. Sarah Norris, Crossnore's Chief Program Officer. Sarah discusses the parenting roles that Crossnore is looking…

November 18th, 2022

the way home podcast

the way home, episode 14

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Today’s episode features Amber Rucker, Crossnore's Senior Manager of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB). Amber discusses her role…

November 11th, 2022

the way home podcast

the way home, episode 13

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Today's episode features Dr. Sarah Norris, Crossnore's Chief Program Officer. Sarah discusses Crossnore services, our continuum of care, trauma-informed…

November 10th, 2022

Celebrating the Holidays at Crossnore

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The holiday season can be challenging for many of our children who are missing their biological families. Knowing that,…

November 4th, 2022

the way home podcast

the way home, episode 12

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Today’s episode features Jim Hart, Director of Christian Education & Experience and Megan Boyles, Spiritual Life & Recreation Coordinator.…

October 28th, 2022

the way home podcast

the way home, episode 11

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Today’s episode features Patrice Williams, Communications Manager and Blair Johnston, Executive Administrative Coordinator. You'll learn about the process of…

October 27th, 2022

Making Therapy a Safe and Celebratory Space for Kids

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"I don't need therapy." "Therapy is stupid. No shade to you though." "You don't get it. You'll never understand."

October 21st, 2022

the way home podcast

the way home, episode 10

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Today’s episode features Brett Loftis, Chief Executive Officer of Crossnore Communities for Children and co-founder of the Center for…

October 14th, 2022

the way home podcast

the way home, episode 9

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Today’s episode features Kimberly King, Fostering Communities Officer in Winston-Salem and Elizabeth O’Hagan, Fostering Communities Officer on our Avery…

October 13th, 2022

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The Importance of Mental Healthcare for Children

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Mental healthcare for children is more important than ever. Mental health of children in the United States and around…

October 7th, 2022

the way home podcast

the way home, episode 8

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Today’s episode features Marni Eisner, Director of Business Development for Crossnore’s Center for Trauma Resilient Communities. Marni talks about…

October 5th, 2022

Talking to Your Children about Race and Racism

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As a parent of nine year old twins, my spouse and I have found ourselves “all in” at every…

September 29th, 2022

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Supporting Your Child in Coping with Anxiety

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The last two and a half years have been full of “unknowns.”  We have longed for a sense of…

September 22nd, 2022

Crunching the Numbers: Why Data Matters

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Like many other child welfare and mental health agencies, Crossnore is committed to building a data-driven culture to fulfill…

September 22nd, 2022

the way home podcast

the way home, episode 7

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Today’s episode features David McCorkle, co-founder and senior faculty of the Center for Trauma Resilient Communities, and Cynthia Copeland,…

September 9th, 2022

the way home podcast

the way home, episode 6

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Today’s episode features Abby Monclova, Senior Director of Human Resources at Crossnore Communities for Children, and a foster mom.…

September 8th, 2022

Preparing for the Future through Crossnore’s Youth Independent Living Program

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This is Thomas’s story of his time at Crossnore and in our Youth Independent Living program. My name is…

September 1st, 2022

Unpacking Boxes – The Beauty of Bridging Families

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Boxes. What do you think of when you hear that word? For some of us it may bring up images of…

August 30th, 2022

the way home podcast

the way home, episode 5

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Today's episode features Hailey Bullis, Case Manager at Crossnore Communities for Children, and a foster mom. Hailey talks about…

August 26th, 2022

the way home podcast

the way home podcast, episode 4

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Today's episode features Andrew Florence, Director of Experiential Learning, and Peter Berry, Miracle Heights Adventures Coordinator. Andrew and Peter…

August 25th, 2022

Back to School Tips for a Successful Start

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From the store aisles being lined with a multitude of school supplies, backpacks, and trendy clothes, it’s no secret…

August 19th, 2022

the way home podcast

the way home podcast, episode 3

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Today's episode features Kelly Riley, Director of Foster Home Licensing & Training. Kelly talks about the need for foster…

August 18th, 2022

8 Tips for Parenting Children Who’ve Experienced Trauma

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Most foster parents are parenting children who've experienced trauma. It is estimated that 90% of children who enter foster…

August 12th, 2022

the way home podcast

the way home podcast, episode 2

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Today's episode features Angela Bollo, Fostering Communities Officer in our Hendersonville office. Angela talks about Fostering Communities, how it…

August 10th, 2022

Triggered: Practical Exercises for Self-Regulation

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What should I do when I feel triggered? Our Director of Experiential Learning, Andrew Florence, offers some practical exercises…

August 5th, 2022

the way home podcast

the way home podcast, episode 1

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Crossnore Communities for Children presents the way home podcast. Each week, we will talk with a staff member or…

August 4th, 2022

Foster Where it Fits: Becoming a Respite Provider

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Not everyone can provide full-time foster care to children in the system. But often, when realizing that limitation, folks…

August 3rd, 2022

7 Commitments with an Anti-Racist Framework

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Written by our Evolve committee, these commitments help guide our internal work to ensure that we are operating as…

July 27th, 2022

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Utilizing Sanctuary in Real Life

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One of the questions we are often asked at Crossnore is how we utilize Sanctuary, our trauma-informed care model,…

July 20th, 2022

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Biggs Bikes: A True Community Effort

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I was six when I learned to ride a bike without training wheels. At nine, I began to enjoy…

July 13th, 2022

A Day in the Life of a Crossnore Therapist

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Have you ever wondered what a day might look like for a Crossnore therapist? Allison and Kenzie share a…

July 7th, 2022

Child Welfare in NC: Implications of FFPSA

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The United States is several years into a child welfare transformation law we call “Families First." This law, the Family…

June 29th, 2022

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Why Team Building Through a Trauma-Informed Lens?

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Many of my working hours I am either actively team building, learning about team building, or even just thinking…

June 23rd, 2022

Practical Ways to Help Youth Aging out of Foster Care

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At first glance aging out of foster care appears to be a welcome relief for foster youth. Often, children…

June 15th, 2022

The Cost of Caring: Compassion Fatigue and the Helping Professions

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Every career comes with some personal risks. People in construction are at risk of injuring their back muscles, people…

June 8th, 2022

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The Messy, Beautiful Work of Living Out Sanctuary

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At Crossnore we learn and live and work through the Sanctuary Model of care. This model informs how we…

June 2nd, 2022

Tiny Theologians and the Goodness of God

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On any given day I find myself learning all over again about the goodness and love of God. From…

May 26th, 2022

How to get Licensed for Foster Care, Step-by-Step

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So you've decided you're interested in foster care. But you’ve also heard the horror stories about the paperwork and…

May 18th, 2022

Advice from Veteran Foster Parents to New Foster Parents

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Being a new Foster Parent can be an exciting, overwhelming, and challenging experience. There may be a lot of…

May 12th, 2022

How do I know if Foster Parenting is right for me?

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“I could never do that.” It’s the response I probably get more than any other when I tell people…

May 5th, 2022

May is Foster Care Awareness Month: Why Should You Care?

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May is Foster Care Awareness Month, but why should you care? Because in the United States a child is…

April 28th, 2022

Self-Care and Self-Expression through Creativity

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During the past couple of years we've been invaded with stressors: worried about our health due to Covid. About…

April 20th, 2022

Child Abuse Prevention Month: A Month to Act

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by Sarah Norris, Chief Program Officer April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The month’s focus it to prevent…

April 14th, 2022

Focusing on Jesus

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If you ask me to tell you about Easter when I was younger I would tell you all about…

March 17th, 2022

Working Toward the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: Then and Now

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On March 21, 1960, police in Sharpeville, South Africa killed 69 people during a peaceful demonstration against apartheid pass…

March 10th, 2022

yellow school bus with children standing on it and hanging out of the windows

Through the Years: The Children’s Home

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We had the opportunity to interview Kimberly King about the history of The Children's Home. Kim started working with…

March 3rd, 2022

Through the Years: Crossnore School

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We sat down with Kathy Dellinger, who now serves as Executive Assistant to our CEO and Deputy Director. She…

February 24th, 2022

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The HEART of Crossnore: The Work We Do

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For more than 100 years, Crossnore has existed as a place to serve and love children. While our name,…

February 17th, 2022

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The HEART of the Church: Why We Should Say Yes

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I didn’t grow up going to church regularly, but my family found it in my teen years as we …

February 10th, 2022

7 kids 2 adults bundled in snow clothes looking over a fence toward a snowy pasture

The HEART of a Cottage Parent: Why They Say Yes

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Betty Lovell has always had a heart for children. Her heart, coupled with her more than 44 years of…

February 3rd, 2022

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The HEART of a Foster Parent: Why They Say Yes

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Many folks, at one time or another, may feel curious and possibly even called to foster care. With more…

January 27th, 2022

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In-Kind Donations. What do we need the most?

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Crossnore was able to provide holiday gifts and support to more than 350 clients and families served between our…

January 20th, 2022

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New Year, New Job? Maybe you Belong Here.

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The last two years have transformed the way we all think about work.  Millions of employees are now (and…

January 13th, 2022

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Redefining Family: The Adams’ Story

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If you think your house is bustling, you should meet the Adams Family. No, not that Adams family –…

December 21st, 2021

The Powerful Impact of Your Donations

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New employee orientation demonstrated one glaring deficit on my part: I had no clue of the depth and breadth…

December 16th, 2021

Present in our Communities

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I miss standing around a tailgate on cold Christmas Eves with Hart men waiting for the heat of a…

December 9th, 2021

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Celebrating Home

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I love this time of year. Warming up in sweaters and scarves and drinking hot cocoa by the fire. We celebrate…

December 2nd, 2021

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Crossnore

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On September 1, 2021, Crossnore Communities for Children’s made me its full-time Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Manager. In…

November 10th, 2021

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How Childhood Trauma Impacts Development

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Creating a Family Podcast invited Brett Loftis, Crossnore's CEO, and Dr. Dawn O'Malley, Senior Director of Clinical Services, to…

November 4th, 2021

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Transracial Foster Care & Adoption: Impacts and Interventions

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Growing up in the foster care system is often a lonely and traumatic experience.  Growing up with caregivers of…

October 28th, 2021

Busting Myths for National Adoption Month

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Monday is the first day of National Adoption Month. We have written many blog posts related to adoption, including…

October 21st, 2021

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Three Lessons I’ve Learned Working in Child Welfare

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I have been in the Residential field for 30 years, currently serving as one of the Residential Supervisors on…

October 14th, 2021

To Those on the Fence About Foster Care

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I share a foster care story or statistic, because their heart is breaking just a little more as it…

October 6th, 2021

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Walking with Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

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Crossnore Communities for Children is excited about the expansion of our Youth Independent Living (YIL) program. The vision of…

September 29th, 2021

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What It Means for Crossnore to be a Christian Organization

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An old man once told me to never talk about religion or politics. He said they both are loaded…

September 23rd, 2021

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Making a Difference: Kim’s Story

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Although Kim Barnhardt’s volunteer name badge only states her name, there’s a joke around here that it should really…

September 15th, 2021

A Day in the Life of a Cottage Parent

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Being a cottage parent may very well be the hardest and the most fun job at Crossnore. Cottage Parents…

September 9th, 2021

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Racial Disproportionality in Child Welfare

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Let me admit something, right up front. Writing for this blog topic has been difficult. Not because of the…

September 2nd, 2021

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Back to School with Our Day Treatment Program

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Almost two weeks into the new school year in Winston-Salem, and we are so thankful to have our students…

August 25th, 2021

Back to School at Williams Academy

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Williams Academy, Crossnore's charter school on our Avery campus, started back to school on August 5th. It has been…

August 19th, 2021

Furry Friends On Campus: Meet Our Dogs

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What helps make a house a home? For many it is the love of a canine companion. At Crossnore…

August 12th, 2021

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Engaging our Survival Brain

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I spend a significant amount of my working hours on our aerial adventure park or our Aerial Teams Course…

August 5th, 2021

Does It Fit? What FFPSA means for the Child Welfare System.

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The Family First Prevention Services Act otherwise known as FFPSA or “Families First” was signed on February 9, 2018. …

July 29th, 2021

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Love Multiplied: An Adoption Story

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Being a police officer and a social worker, Rob and Kristen Martin are no strangers to serving others. Rob…

July 22nd, 2021

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Five Reasons to Open Your Home to a Teenager

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Perhaps the title of this blog should have been more inviting, like “Free Chocolate and Hugs." That might have…

July 15th, 2021

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Changing Lives through Day Treatment Services

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Crossnore’s Day Treatment program does amazing work. Passionate, all-in staff members make up the program. And they are committed…

July 8th, 2021

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Blossoming Hope: Alana’s Story

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Alana Fisher has a smile that lights up the room. She rushes in with a contagious energy and immediately…

July 1st, 2021

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Unbroken Families: Helping Children Facing Divorce or Separation

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The reality of our world today is that most children in America no longer live in a household with…

June 24th, 2021

Announcing: Crossnore Communities for Children

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We are so excited to announce our updated name: Crossnore Communities for Children. In the fall of 2020, Crossnore’s…

June 17th, 2021

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Diving in to Summer Fun at Crossnore

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COVID put a damper on some of our summer fun last year, and we have a lot of lost…

June 16th, 2021

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Empowering Youth to Live Independently

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Crossnore School & Children’s Home is excited to build upon years of experience at the Winston-Salem and Avery campuses…

June 10th, 2021

Providing Hope and Healing for Transgender Youth

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Imagine Child Protective Services removing you from your home without notice. Imagine then being placed in a strange home…

June 3rd, 2021

Faith at Crossnore: A Path to Healing

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At Crossnore we take team building very seriously. Recently, I was in a meeting where we did an activity…

May 27th, 2021

Becoming Part of our Village

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There are many fun volunteer roles at Crossnore, but Director of Community Outreach, Kim King, says that the role…

May 20th, 2021

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The Meaning & Importance of True Self-Care

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If self-care consisted only of bubble baths, we would all be in trouble. Let’s not get things twisted -…

May 12th, 2021

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Foster Home Growth – Expanding our Reach

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The number of children in foster care continues to grow each year. Currently, more than 12,000 children in North…

May 6th, 2021

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Foster Care Awareness Month: Coming Close to Those in Need

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May is Foster Care Awareness Month, a commemorative month that can feel impersonal until you make an effort to…

April 30th, 2021

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Re-Writing Old Scripts

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In 2019 there were 17,039 children placed in foster care in the state of North Carolina - a number…

April 29th, 2021

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Providing Hope Through Prevention Services

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In 2019 there were 17,039 children placed in foster care in the state of North Carolina - a number…

April 19th, 2021

Project Safe Home: A Pathway to Resilience

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Awareness of the prevalence of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE), otherwise known as sex trafficking, is growing across the United…

April 14th, 2021

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Resilience is My Gain

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In 1985, Dr. Vincent Felitti wanted to know why his obesity clinic had a 50% dropout rate, and when…

April 8th, 2021

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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April has arrived and brought with her longer days, warmer weather, showers that will hopefully bring flowers, and Atlanta…

April 1st, 2021

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Beyond Rejection, There is Hope

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Like a lot of kids these days, when I was a teen (way back when), I longed to be…

March 24th, 2021

Staff Spotlight: Yvette Floyd

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Yvette Floyd was born and raised in Winston-Salem and joined Crossnore as a Cottage Parent four years ago. She…

March 17th, 2021

Learning to H.A.L.T during the Pandemic

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Early 2020 we probably didn’t know what the word “Pandemic” even meant. For that matter, I don’t think I’d…

March 10th, 2021

Finding Your Place: Fostering Communities

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This week we approach the year mark of our “two weeks to flatten curve” and the unofficial beginning of…

March 3rd, 2021

Schooling in the time of COVID

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Schooling in the time of COVID-19 has been somewhat of a nightmare for parents, educators, and especially students, testing…

February 24th, 2021

Writing a New Narrative of Healing

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Diversity, equity, and inclusion - three words gaining heavy traction in society, now more than ever. What do they…

February 18th, 2021

Donor Spotlight: Tina Anderson

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It all started with big, red, silly noses. Tina Anderson, a Walgreens Shift Lead, wanted to bless the children…

February 11th, 2021

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Words Matter

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When I was younger, I often heard the phrase, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will…

February 3rd, 2021

Seeding the Future

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When the Twin City Garden Club (TCGC) in Winston-Salem asked Crossnore’s Miracle Grounds Farm for a project request, little…

January 28th, 2021

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Beauty from Ashes: Creating Hope in a Time of Loss

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Gena Cook is no stranger to loss. In May of 2016, her beloved 19-year-old son unexpectedly passed away. In…

January 21st, 2021

Fostering Hope in Polk County

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To say that Jeremy and Donna Wood’s lives revolve around children is quite the understatement. They have been married…

January 13th, 2021

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Crossnore Heroes: Our Clinical Services Team

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When the state of North Carolina shut down earlier this year in March, our clinical services teams had to…

January 7th, 2021

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A Novel Idea

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Every winter my wife Caroline and I try to have a getaway, just the two of us. Typically, we…

September 23rd, 2020

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We are #crossnorestrong.

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At Crossnore, we are blessed to be a family. Whether it’s the children we care for, our staff, our…

September 17th, 2020

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Building Trust, Healing Hearts

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Volunteering is a good thing. Volunteering to serve and love on at-risk children is an even better thing. But…

September 8th, 2020

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Loving Them to Permanency: A Foster Care Story

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In 1990, Carolyn Butler answered an ad she saw in the paper posted by her future husband, Norman, looking…

September 3rd, 2020

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Dreaming Big – Cuba’s Story

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Cuba Barber is a young woman on the move. Her early history includes moving from family member to family…

August 27th, 2020

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Confidence in the Way Back

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Every Monday morning at 8:30, we have a time for prayer in the campus chapel. Most Mondays, the same…

August 20th, 2020

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Feature a Falcon: Charlene and Roger Gragg

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As we start back to school, in a more trying time than ever, we are so thankful to ALL…

August 13th, 2020

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Creating Her Own Future

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When you meet Tornyha, you are immediately struck by her shy smile and quiet demeanor. But as you get…

August 6th, 2020

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Learning to Let the Light In

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Khyri Hobson is one of the most incredible 18-year-olds you’ll ever meet. Standing well over six feet tall, he…

July 16th, 2020

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The Joy of the Strawberry Patch

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After a bummer of a strawberry crop last year, we were so ready and excited for strawberries on our…

May 14th, 2020

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In the Kitchen during Distancing

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With shelter-in-place orders across the state, many of us have had more time (or just a greater necessity) to…

May 7th, 2020

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Shout Out to our Cottage Moms!

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Mother's Day can be a difficult time for many people. You can't acknowledge the beauty of a mother without…

April 30th, 2020

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Shelter In Place Activities at Crossnore

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Social distancing and shelter in place can be tough. At the beginning, it's not so bad, but here on…

April 23rd, 2020

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Renovations on our Winston Campus

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Last year was a long year for our top-notch facilities team. They take care of dozens of buildings, cottages,…

April 9th, 2020

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What the Pandemic Teaches Us about Foster Care

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It is safe to say that the current COVID 19 pandemic has taught everyone something new about themselves and…

April 2nd, 2020

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Feature a Falcon – Holly Bridgeo

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Our students miss their teachers so much during this time, and our teachers miss their students! We'd love to…

March 26th, 2020

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A Heart for Making a Difference

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Jennifer Grosswald and Lara Wilson have been friends for many years, but when they joined the same book club…

March 19th, 2020

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Running to Hope

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I ran away two times in my life. Once for a couple of hours, another time for a solid…

March 12th, 2020

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Making a Difference for the One

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Tayte Laws is just about the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. The two-year old runs around the playground going…

March 5th, 2020

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A Life of Hope and Healing

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Sometimes you meet people in life who seem to make it their mission to take care of others. Such…

February 27th, 2020

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Helping Students Find Success

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In Crossnore's Day Treatment program, we provide mental health services to students who have been unsuccessful in a traditional…

February 20th, 2020

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National “Love Your Pet” Day!

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Today is National "Love Your Pet" Day, so we asked our cottages to submit photos and descriptions of their…

February 19th, 2020

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Conservation Easement is Finalized

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I am thrilled to announce that Crossnore School & Children’s Home has finalized the $6.5 million dollar conservation easement…

February 13th, 2020

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Seven Ways to Help Children in Foster Care

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If you have a heart for children, especially children, who through not fault of their own, have found themselves…

January 30th, 2020

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Fighting Those Winter Blues – SAD

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If you are like me at all, you may start to feel down as fall turns to winter, especially…

January 23rd, 2020

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Childhood Trauma, ACES, and Changing the Story

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Crossnore School & Children's Home has more than 100 years of experience serving children affected by childhood trauma. The…

January 16th, 2020

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A young heart full of grace

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In a world where our youth are often misjudged, dismissed, and overlooked, we are thankful to be in a…

December 20th, 2019

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Christmas at Crossnore

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Our children not getting to be at home is always tough, but especially around Christmas time. We can't change…

December 11th, 2019

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A Lasting Impression

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Growing up southern meant many things. In the summer it meant you grew tomatoes and green beans and collards.…

December 4th, 2019

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We did it!

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Friends! We did it! The grand total for Giving Tuesday was $17,047! With the $15,000 match from a very…

December 3rd, 2019

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Stories of Hope

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Do you ever wonder what impact your donations have on the children served by Crossnore? Meet Abby (not her…

November 26th, 2019

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The Power of Gratitude

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“We steer where we stare.”  This quote by Lysa TerKeurst radically changed how I practice therapy with children and…

November 20th, 2019

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Our Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

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We asked our staff to submit some of their favorite and best thanksgiving recipes, and we got a lot…

November 13th, 2019

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A basketball card, a decision, and making a difference

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Jimmy and Cathy Mahan have been long time friends of Crossnore. After hearing about Crossnore through a friend that…

October 24th, 2019

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Miracle Grounds Network – Connecting to the Soil and to our Community

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Recent research has shown that approximately 6,000 children living in Forsyth County leave school each unsure of where their…

October 18th, 2019

Virginia Coffey in the weaving room

The Rhythm of a Steady Beat

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Virginia Coffey was born in 1933 in Stokes County, North Carolina. She lived there until 1975 when she remarried…

October 10th, 2019

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Raising a King

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“Draw a superhero,” says, King, age 3, as I sit in his living room talking to his family and…

October 4th, 2019

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Jam for Hope

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Hope can come from many places and in many shapes and sizes, but this past January, it came through…

September 24th, 2019

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A Changed Life

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There’s something about landing in foster care twice that affects the life of a young boy. Chris Ward knows…

September 19th, 2019

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Grace Around the Table

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As a child, I especially looked forward to dinner time. If it was summer, I had been outside most…

September 13th, 2019

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A True Spartan

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One of the definitions of spartan is a person of great courage and self-discipline. These are not the words…

September 6th, 2019

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It Starts with Showing Up

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When Trip and Jacqui moved to Grandfather Mountain permanently, they knew they wanted to be more involved at Crossnore.…

August 23rd, 2019

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Tightly Woven Threads

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On a daily basis, we walk a cultural, social, and theological field of land mines. Not the instantly explosive,…

August 16th, 2019

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Life After Crossnore: Youth in Transition

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Did you know that more than 23,000 children will age out of the U.S. foster care system every year?…

August 9th, 2019

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A Life Changed Through Education

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Alyssia Dula came to Crossnore School & Children’s in November of 2014 with her younger brother, Tyler. Two years…

July 29th, 2019

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Summer Enrichment at Crossnore

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Our Winston Salem campus offers Day Treatment counseling services to the students of Kingswood Academy during the school year.…

July 12th, 2019

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Back to School Needs List 2019

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It's that time again! The summer is flying by and soon our students will be back at school, and…

June 28th, 2019

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Whitewater Rafting and Love that Bears

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The below letter was written by our Director of Christian Education & Campus Pastor, Jim Hart, after a joint-campus…

June 21st, 2019

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Staff Ropes Course Day

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Last week we invited all of our staff to come have a day of team and resiliency building on…

June 13th, 2019

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Shout Out to our Cottage Dads!

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Father's Day, as you can imagine, can be a rough time for our kids. The beautiful thing, though, is…

June 7th, 2019

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Foster Care Gone Right – Stories of Hope

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We asked our amazing Foster Care Team to share their best stories of "foster care gone right." Here are…

May 31st, 2019

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Foster Care Questions Answered

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To cap off Foster Care Awareness Month, we asked our amazing Foster Care Team to answer some questions for…

May 24th, 2019

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Nine Ways to Help Children in Foster Care

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Not everyone can be a foster parent. More than are can, but many can't. If you can't (but if…

May 16th, 2019

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Donor Spotlight: Brian Robinson

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With a flair for the dramatic, Brian Robinson is someone you want on your side, regardless of the cause…

May 14th, 2019

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Important! House Bill 580 / Senate Bill 636

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We need your help to secure funding in the Senate budget for House Bill 580/Senate Bill 636 to increase the reimbursement…

May 9th, 2019

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Seeds Planted in Love

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Part of Cottage Parent training at Crossnore is learning about our Spiritual Life programing. Every Monday morning at 9am…

May 3rd, 2019

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Volunteer Spotlight – Judy White

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Judy White exudes a deep humility and a tender sweetness when you meet her. She has a lot to…

April 26th, 2019

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Investing Your Heart

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When grown kids fly the nest, many people start making big plans - plans to remodel the house, take…

April 12th, 2019

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The Experience of Two Lifetimes

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Kay Stone came to live on the Winston-Salem campus of Crossnore School & Children’s Home (then called The Children’s…

April 5th, 2019

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Volunteer Spotlight – Mark Serosky

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Mark Serosky has spent his life in service to others and he’s doing the same in his retirement by investing in the…

March 22nd, 2019

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Hope Springs Up

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There's something about spring that makes me begin to reflect. After the cold, dark, rainy winter, it's beyond refreshing…

March 15th, 2019

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Growing up at Crossnore

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“I came [to campus] with a paper bag that had all my belongings in it,” recalls Crossnore alumna Mitzi Petrey Ensor. The year was 1973 and then seven-year-old Mitzi,…

March 8th, 2019

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It was a Barn Raiser!

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The lovely Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community is just a short drive from our Winston-Salem campus.  The residents…

March 1st, 2019

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Hope from a Garbage Bag Suitcase

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Shenandoah Chefalo was 13 when she first went into foster care. Prior to that her life had been filled…

February 21st, 2019

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A Place to Call Home

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Colleen Green Hutchens was born in Bryson City, but has lived in Winston-Salem since she was three and a half years…

February 14th, 2019

Katheryn Northington, Board Chair 2018-2020

Introducing Katheryn Northington

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Southern charm and steely determination describe Katheryn Northington and her dedication to children in North Carolina. Katheryn grew up…

February 7th, 2019

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The Mission of Agape Love

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First Corinthians 13 is a scripture that most of us know well. It is read at most weddings, and…

February 1st, 2019

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My Journey to Living Lean

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My entire life, I had always been what I considered “medium sized,” and had accepted that as the way…

January 24th, 2019

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A Healing Moment – Suicide Awareness and Prevention

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What do you do when your child looks at you and wishes to be dead or no longer on…

January 17th, 2019

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High Ropes Course Brings Adventure-Based Counseling to Crossnore

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What is Adventure-Based Counseling?  Adventure-based counseling is a specific method of doing group-based therapeutic interventions. Typically it includes games…

January 14th, 2019

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Chefalos for Crossnore Update!

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Last July, we posted a blog about the Chefalo family (read the post HERE) who were planning their holiday trip…

January 10th, 2019

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Living Out God’s Plan

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When you meet Adam and Megan Joseph, the joy of life is written all over their faces. But it…

December 31st, 2018

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A Tale of Two Sisters

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The Echevarria family grows strong women, just ask Annette Echevarria and her sister, Giselle Echevarria Helton. A shared family…

December 21st, 2018

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Adoption Spotlight – The Harts

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Jim and Caroline Hart are a couple who have lived their lives in service to God, their family, and…

December 14th, 2018

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Surviving the Indoors (with kids!)

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After 2,467 hours stuck in the house after snow and rain, is anyone else out there going crazy? Will…

November 13th, 2018

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Christmas Wish List

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Thank you for your interest in Crossnore School & Children's Home and for your help in providing Christmas for…

September 3rd, 2018

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CEO Brett Loftis is Appointed to Child Well-Being Transformation Council

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Crossnore School & Children’s Home is pleased to announce the appointment of Chief Executive Officer, Brett A. Loftis, JD…

July 23rd, 2018

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Back-to-School Supplies 2018

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It is time for Back-to-School supplies! You can help us collect the school supplies our children will need for…

July 16th, 2018

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School Uniforms for Williams Academy

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Marjorie Williams Academy, the charter school on our Avery campus, is transitioning to a new school uniform for all…

July 5th, 2018

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Chefalos for Crossnore

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Shenandoah Chefalo, author of Garbage Bag Suitcase: A Memoir, is a fierce advocate for children in foster care. She…

June 7th, 2018

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Local Missions

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The popularity of staying local (“stay-cation” vacations, farm-to-table dinners. etc.) is on the rise. And more people are discovering that…

June 7th, 2018

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You can help with our summer needs!

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Summertime is here! Your generosity helps us move through the changing seasons as our cottages prepare for summer trips…

November 2nd, 2017

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A Picture of the Gospel

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It started when he was about five. Removed from his home because of his parent’s choices, Edgar had no idea what…

September 11th, 2017

Volunteer Spotlight – Donna McNeil

Volunteer Spotlight – Donna McNeil

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Volunteers are vital to any nonprofit organization. They are also great ambassadors for the organization and its cause. That’s…

September 5th, 2017

A Day in the Life of Day Treatment

A Day in the Life of Day Treatment

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On any given day, the members of the Day Treatment team may sit and talk with a student, run…

September 1st, 2017

And the Winner is… (Part III)

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BB&T’s Lighthouse Project provides financial support and manpower to the community by giving BB&T employees the opportunity to nominate,…

August 30th, 2017

And the Winner is… (Part II of III)

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BB&T’s Lighthouse Project provides financial support and manpower to the community by giving BB&T employees the opportunity to nominate,…

August 28th, 2017

And the Winner is… (Part I of III)

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BB&T’s Lighthouse Project provides financial support and manpower to the community by giving BB&T employees the opportunity to nominate,…

May 30th, 2017

Sanctuary is a Way of Life

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If you spend any time on the Crossnore School and Children’s Home (CSCH) campuses you will hear the word…

May 24th, 2017

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Three Benefits to Becoming Foster Parents

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In the past five years the number of kids in the NC foster care system has increased more than…

May 15th, 2017

4 Practical Tips to Encourage Kids to Love Cleaning

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Just in time for spring-cleaning season, we've got the tips you need to keep your household tidy. We asked…

May 3rd, 2017

Where Passion Meets Purpose

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Nestled in the North corner of the Crossnore campus is a special place where passion meets purpose for 125…

March 21st, 2017

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program

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CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is a program where consumers pay for a “share” of the farm…

March 16th, 2017

A Regional Resource for Psychiatric Care

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We are excited to introduce Dr. Naomi Leslie as the Medical Director for Crossnore School & Children’s Home. Dr.…

February 14th, 2017

Movin’ On Up!

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When it comes to moving day, are you a list-making organizer or do you just throw it all in…

January 9th, 2017

One Organization…Two Campuses

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I am happy to announce the official merger of The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem, NC and The Crossnore School…

November 21st, 2016

Christmas Trees on The Farm

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Come to the Farm to purchase your Christmas trees, wreaths, and garlands. The tree lot is open from 7…

November 15th, 2016

Christmas Wish List 2016

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Thank you for your interest in The Children’s Home and your help in providing Christmas for the children we…

November 10th, 2016

Christmas Wish List 2016

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Thank you for your interest in The Crossnore School and your help in providing Christmas for the children we…

October 21st, 2016

Dress for Success

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Success in education is very important for the children who live at The Crossnore School. From the day children…

August 9th, 2016

Dedication of the Young Children’s Village

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On Friday, August 5, 2016, The Crossnore School held its dedication of the Young Children’s Village. Excitement filled the…

August 3rd, 2016

The Summer Enrichment Program presents…

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“I’m bored!” is a phrase kids often repeat by this time of the summer. They have been out of…

July 20th, 2016

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Back to School We Go!

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It’s time to get our kids ready to go back to school! The children living in foster care, whether…

July 15th, 2016

Students at The Crossnore School have been having a blast this summer

We can’t believe summer is half over!

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Students at The Crossnore School have been having a blast this summer, which makes it that much harder to…

July 8th, 2016

Students at The Crossnore School have been having a blast this summer

We can’t believe summer is half over!

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Students at The Crossnore School have been having a blast this summer, which makes it that much harder to…

July 7th, 2016

Brett A. Loftis, CEO Shares The Children’s Home Story

Brett A. Loftis, CEO Shares The Children’s Home Story

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Western North Carolina Conference, United Methodist Church held their annual conference at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center on…

June 21st, 2016

Castles in the sand

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What’s more fun than going to the beach the week after school gets out for the summer? Not much!…

June 8th, 2016

Summer time Is Here

Summertime is here!

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Graduation has come and gone. The school books are put away for this year. And summertime has arrived. You’ve…

May 9th, 2016

Fostercare and Adoptions

For-Now Families and Forever Families

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This time of year is hard for many of our children. Mother’s Day brings up many memories…some pleasant, and…

April 5th, 2016

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Look how much has been accomplished!

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We made a pretty big announcement just two months ago. For some of us, it seems like it was…

March 29th, 2016

Foster Care and Adoptions: Changing generations

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People often ask us how others can be foster parents. How can they take kids they don’t know into…

March 24th, 2016

Case managers are the hub of students’ teams

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Their doors are almost always open. Yeah, it’d be easier if kids made appointments to see them. But they…

March 3rd, 2016

The Counseling Center: A Safe Place to Talk

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It's a quiet building nestled in the trees offering a sense of serenity as you walk up the sidewalk…

March 1st, 2016

A Safe Place to Call Home

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Nearly every child wishes for a strong family. Even if they can’t verbalize it, there is nothing that makes…

February 19th, 2016

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Young Children’s Village Update

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"Car!" It's the cry that rings out every afternoon around the small playground outside of three of our cottages…

February 18th, 2016

Getting to know The Crossnore School

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Hopefully by now you have heard the news of our new affiliation with The Crossnore School in Crossnore, NC, but…

February 16th, 2016

Getting to know The Children’s Home

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Founded in 1909 by the Western Conference, United Methodist Church, The Children's Home has served children for more than…

February 16th, 2016

The Sanctuary Model of Care

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So many of the children that we serve at The Children’s Home are suffering the difficult effects of the…

February 8th, 2016

The Children’s Home affiliates with The Crossnore School

The Children’s Home affiliates with The Crossnore School

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The Children’s Home Board of Trustees has approved its affiliation with The Crossnore School, a residential foster care home…

February 8th, 2016

Community volunteers rally to reinvigorate farm

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When programmatic decisions and economic realities threatened to shut down The Children’s Home farm in 2014, community volunteers rallied…

February 8th, 2016

Alumni effort preserves memories in museum

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The Children’s Home’s massive, red brick buildings on an expansive, green carpeted campus always will be home for thousands…

February 5th, 2016

The Crossnore School expands to serve more children

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With the foster care system in North Carolina currently serving more than 10,000 children, The Crossnore School's number one…

January 20th, 2016

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Power Project Donations

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POWER PROJECTS are our way of funding the small but important needs that arise for our children. When you…

January 14th, 2016

Mission: Possible

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Everybody loves the idea of a sanctuary, don’t they? A place of rest and refreshment. A place that brings…

January 12th, 2016

A mile in their shoes

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As I look back on what it was like to be 18 and emerging into adulthood, I often remember…

January 7th, 2016

Cottage Parent Life

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Andrew and Melissa hold a special place in my heart. They are in the small group of couples that…

December 17th, 2015

Residential Team trains in Love & Logic

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When you were a kid, did you ever ask one parent a question and not get the answer you…

December 14th, 2015

DAR Chapters continue their support of The Crossnore School

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The Daughters of the American Revolution has a long and storied history with The Crossnore School. The DAR’s involvement…

December 11th, 2015

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Mo’s Boots Blesses The Crossnore School

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Mo’s Boots in Boone, NC celebrated their 10th anniversary during the weekend of October 23, 2015. Mo’s Boots is…

December 9th, 2015

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Edward Jones Hosts Christmas Party

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Do you remember the anticipation you had as a child at Christmas? Everything seemed brighter and more fun. You…

December 3rd, 2015

Community Center Opens

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The Residential Team of The Crossnore School is proud to announce the opening of their new Community Center. Located…

December 1st, 2015

Giving Tuesday…and a Challenge

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We have a day to give thanks. To spend time with family and friends. To eat…and eat some more.…

November 25th, 2015

A Precious Gift

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There is nothing better than a handmade gift. Something the maker has put careful thought into and has given…

November 24th, 2015

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Eat Shop Explore

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Are you ready for the biggest shopping weekend of the year? While lots of big box stores and national…

November 23rd, 2015

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Williams Academy Hosts Invitational Tournament

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Williams Academy was proud to host the Williams Academy Invitational Tournament this past week. Inviting the boys' and girls'…

November 17th, 2015

Young Life at Crossnore

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At The Crossnore School, community partnerships play a vital role in providing extra experiences for our students, who come…

October 29th, 2015

John Blackburn, New Chairman of the Board

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The Crossnore School is pleased to introduce John Blackburn as new Chairman of the Board. John holds a bachelor’s…

October 29th, 2015

The Children’s Fund

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The Children’s Fund supports the annual operating budget of the School. Gifts to the fund are unrestricted and directly…

October 29th, 2015

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Business of the Year

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On the evening of September 10, the Avery County Chamber of Commerce presented The Crossnore School with the Business…