Sanctuary Care

The Sanctuary Model of Care ®

Crossnore Communities for Children is a certified Sanctuary organization.

This is a treatment and organizational framework for creating trauma-informed communities. The Standards were developed by The Sanctuary Institute in collaboration with Dr. Sandra Bloom as a way of measuring adherence and fidelity to the practices and philosophy of the Sanctuary Model in human service organizations. The Standards serve as a tool to determine if an organization or program meets the qualifications for Sanctuary certification. Crossnore was certified as a Sanctuary organization in 2011 on the Avery campus.

The 7 Commitments

The 7 Commitments of Sanctuary are the guiding principles for how our agency operates. These commitments are:

  • A Commitment to Nonviolence – helping to build safety skills and a commitment to higher purpose
  • A Commitment to Emotional Intelligence – helping to teach emotional management skills
  • A Commitment to Social Learning – helping to build cognitive skills
  • A Commitment to Open Communication – helping to overcoming barriers to healthy communication, learn conflict management, reduce acting-out, enhance self-protective and self-correcting skills, teach healthy boundaries
  • A Commitment to Democracy – helping to create civic skills of self-control, self-discipline, and administration of healthy authority
  • Commitment to Social Responsibility – helping to rebuild social connection skills, establish healthy attachment relationships, establish sense of fair play and justice
  • Commitment to Growth and Change – helping to work through loss and prepare for the future

Our Evolve Committee has also written these 7 Commitments with an Anti-Racist framework. Click HERE to view these commitments.

We maintain high standards for Sanctuary care at all of our locations.

In October 2014, Maxine Reddy of the ANDRUS Sanctuary Institute and Michael Selep, peer evaluator from Holy Family Institute, visited Crossnore to evaluate the organization for successful implementation of the Sanctuary Model. The evaluators determined Crossnore’s level of implementation of the Sanctuary Model ranging from 1 (not implemented) to 5 (exceptionally implemented). We did not score below a 4 on any of the 28 Standards. The overall score was a 4.5.

In April 2018, Maxine Reddy once again visited our Avery and Winston-Salem campuses, along with Greg Stevens, peer evaluator from McKillop Family Services in Australia, for our most recent re-certification site visit. We are happy to announce both of our campuses were re-certified with no corrective action plan.

Today, Crossnore Communities for Children is one of more than 100 programs internationally where the Sanctuary Model® is applied.

Theory of Change

The following image speaks more than mere words about Crossnore Communities for Children’s approach to children. From the base of the circle, one can see the most basic and most important goals on campus – to provide a safe and loving home to children from families in crisis. Each circle grows bigger within the visual to show the expansion of a child’s well-being – mind, body and spirit.

Do you have questions about our Sanctuary Care approach here at Crossnore? Feel free to reach out to us to learn more!