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We are a Pregnancy Resource Center located in Staten Island, committed to assisting women and families who are facing unplanned pregnancies by providing them accurate information about their options and by offering them ongoing support.  

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A Word from the Director......

Dear Friend of Cross Road,

Echoing Woody Allen’s infamous explanation for running off with his stepdaughter, young singer Selena Gomez recently released a song purportedly about her relationship with bad boy pop icon Justin Beiber which includes the refrain” There are a million reasons why I should give you up but the heart wants what it wants.” Allowing emotions to override reason seems to be a common trait of millennials, who were brought up in a culture that reinforced their sense of entitlement while relaxing the rigors of education. In their youth they enjoy a wonderful self-esteem that later they will have trouble squaring with the real problems that come up in life. For those of us who finally grew wiser as we got older, there is a certain empathy for their extended adolescent angst.

Last week I met individually with two young women faced with similar dilemmas: both had unplanned pregnancies by men who, upon hearing the news, decided to move on. What struck me in both cases was how they were trying to salvage relationships that had never involved much commitment by their boyfriends beyond a few empty promises. Chillingly, both hoped that aborting the pregnancy would somehow revive these romances. “The heart wants what it wants.”

In such situations, it is important to separate the issue of the relationship from that of the pregnancy. The delicate challenge I faced was to remind these women that these guys were not really committed to the relationship, as their reaction to the pregnancies had demonstrated. Both admitted that the inability of these men to step up and take responsibility did not bode well for the future. Rather than worry about their boyfriends’ feelings, these young women needed to focus on their own feelings about their pregnancies. Both acknowledged that with support, they would prefer to have the baby.

Again in both cases, after outlining the assistance that we would provide, I turned their attention towards their own families, particularly their mothers. Both believed that their mothers would not want them to abort and would support them with their pregnancies. I advised them to confide in them, knowing that mom would indeed understand her daughter’s plight and offer the wise counsel gained from her own years of experience. While one of the women made an appointment for a medical pregnancy test and signed up for our pre-natal program, the other, while expressing gratitude for the information, needed time to think this through as her personal situation is  more complicated.

I am grateful if you would keep both these young women in your prayers. For their clarity of thought might be easily lost in an emotional conversation with their babies’ fathers. That the heart wants what it wants is so obvious that it seems trivial. Still, when tempered with reason and reinforced by loved ones, the human heart recognizes that its fundamental desire is for life. Thank you for your continued support in helping us guide our confused millennials in their search for a truer love and lasting life.

I thank you for your continued support of our work at Cross-Road.

 
--Bill


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