CrossPurpose is our church’s non-profit organization abolishing relational, economic, and spiritual poverty through career and community development.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
Our journey began in 2008, when a neighborhood church in Denver set out to learn what it really meant to ‘love your neighbor.’
We understood our call from Scripture to uplift the fatherless and the widows (James 1:27) and provided a single moms’ night out every other week, a Cub Scout program for fatherless boys, and recruited foster parents for kids in need. At the same time, we desired to provide aftercare programs for those who were being released from incarceration and in 2009, with an ex-offender, helped launch Strong Tower, where we provided a computer lab, job referrals, a midweek church service and a welcoming and loving environment for a group of people who have limited places to go for help.
Because we have always desired to create a ripple effect in what we do, we began investigating how we could be a part of training the next generation of church leaders through an urban leadership development experience. In 2010, we formed the Providence Center for Urban Leadership Development (later called the CrossPurpose Center for Urban Leadership), offering a two-year, urban leadership training program for young adults seeking to learn and gain practical experience in faith-based nonprofit work.
For the next five years, as we lived and worked alongside the homeless, single moms, ex-offenders, and refugees, we began to learn the limitations of traditional relief and fragmentary approaches in addressing the deep generational poverty experienced by our neighbors. From them, we learned to stop asking, “How do we help someone in poverty?” and we began to ask instead, “How do we help get someone out of poverty?” Taking what we observed from the neighborhood as well as best practices in local and national poverty alleviation efforts, Uprise was launched in 2014 to change the conversation around adult American poverty.