About Us

What we are and are not

What we do

Mission

Crossroads of Crawford County is a Christian outreach for the people and communities in and around Crawford County. It seeks to match people with resources which fit their personal or family needs while encouraging and supporting them though the situation.

 

Vision

To grow the communities within Crawford County stronger and healthier, in addition to offering a Christian form of love for our neighbors in need through mentoring, volunteering, and befriending.

 

Purpose

To honor God through obedience to His command to help others and to be a light to their path through encouragement and Christian love.

 

Christian, denomination-neutral encouragement & direction

We believe we have a Christian responsibility to live our life in service to others and to be a light in the world.  

 

We seek the partnering from all Christian denominations to provide through our programs: 

  • A listening heart
  • Networking with other professionals/ organizations/programs that are suitable to the needs
  • Hope & encouragement   
  • Mentoring & befriending 
  • Individualized Information and Christian resources  

 

We serve within our program areas to all families, regardless of race, gender, abilities, or religion.

We reserve the right to refer to services elsewhere according to our time and ability to provide.

 

Our Core Values

At Crossroads of Crawford County, we strive to live our values in every decision we make. They guide our mission and help to light the path that we travel, both as an agency and as professional helpers.

Grace - a gift given though we do not deserve it. We believe that we could never earn our way into eternal life in heaven, but that through grace, God welcomes those who believe in and love Him, in spite of our sin and brokenness.

Family - God invented marriage and family to be a reflection of His unconditional love for us, to optimally nurture us into being caring and productive individuals, and to be a safe structure for His plan of procreation.

Life - as long as God allows our hearts to beat, we have purpose on this earth through Him.  As Christians we are to treat all life with dignity, sincerity, and admiration, even when sometimes we do not understand His ways.

Purpose - we believe God CREATED us in His image, REDEEMED us through His death & resurrection, and CALLED us to relationship with Him and service to our neighbor

Love - the merciful ACTION form of love that God wants us to have for ourselves, our family, and our neighbor; the love that DOES in Jesus' name!

Foundational Principles

Community

We believe God created us to serve each other in a spirit of friendship and genuine respect for our neighbor. We value the contributions of all individuals and do everything possible to help each other grow and contribute in our world.  

Stewardship    

We have a responsibility to the families, the community, and to our staff to diligently use the resources with which we have been entrusted.

Holistic Health    

We recognize that we are created with an intricate and amazing body and mind that are meant to work in symmetry.  Our emotions, thoughts, and spiritual condition directly affect our physical and mental health, as does our nutritional intake, sleep routine, physical exercise, and spiritual development.


Our operational beliefs, which form our values, are a reflection of the foundational Christian summary of beliefs for all Christian denominations found in the Apostles Creed.  We furthermore model after the Lord's Prayer that Christ taught, and the Ten Commandments provided for all humankind in the Old Testament.    

BOARD MEMBERS 

The full Board of Directors for Crossroads of Crawford County meets approximately five times annually in addition to subcommittee meetings in other months. Our success depends on a varied board with a passion for community outreach. We very much need community members who are willing to share about our work with the community and devote a bit of their time, passions, or expertise on behalf of healthy families and Christian outreach. We are looking for a variety of occupations, Christian church denominations, ages, and either gender. Please contact Director Janette Clausen or another board member if you are interested or wish to make a nomination!’

 

Board of Directors
As of January 2021

 

Janette Clausen, Founder & Director (nonvoting)

Over thirty years ago, Janette came to Crawford County, just out of college.   Her plans at that point didn’t include staying long, but she met her husband Grant who was farming at that time, and things changed.   Grant and Janette live in Schleswig, Iowa, and have three adult children and one son-in-law.  She is a Licensed Bachelor Social Worker with a professional background in foster care, family services, and all types of adoption.

The organization of Crossroads of Crawford County began when Janette intentionally collaborated with professionals and laypeople in the area over what service they felt the community needs but was not yet provided.  A clear theme was that families needed help figuring their way to the professional resources available and they desired an informational source for a variety of family issues that did not necessitate professional counseling.

This identified need, combined with Janette’s passion for and experience in grief work, healthy adoption, and the important role of family, led way for a service that encourages people through their circumstances and helps them recognize that their unique experiences contribute to a pattern of life choices.  Janette is the founder and director of this flexible, creative agency.

 

Allen Staley, President

Allen joined as a board member in June 2019. He and his wife Peggy live in Charter Oak where he was also raised. They have 5 children, a son-in-law, and a grandchild.  From adult-aged to their youngest being in elementary school, the Staley family keeps active enjoying a variety of family time together.

As co-owner of a reputable catering business for 32 years, Allen is hard-working and is a strong community-minded person.  He and Peggy are committed to church, family, and community. Allen has served in almost all the community organizations in Charter Oak, including the Parish Council at St. Boniface Catholic Church, the Volunteer Fire Department, Community Club, Commercial Club, CO-U Alumni Association, Centennial, Quasqicentennial and the Crawford County Fair Association in Denison. 

In time away from work, Allen enjoys spending time with his family, working in the yard, and volunteering.

We are honored to have the business management skills Allen brings to our board, as well as the many personal connections he has throughout his lifetime in the county.

 

Karen Claussen, Secretary

Karen was born and raised in Crawford County, her hometown being Dunlap.  She and her husband Scott live on and own Scott’s family farm north of Denison. Highly involved in calving and animal care as well as other farm operations, Karen is always helping in addition to her roles as a homemaker and mother.  She and Scott have 2 children and two grandchildren.

Many local people know Karen from previous employment at John Deere Implement where she worked for 22 years in the parts department.  She currently is employed at Angels Care Home Health as the Account Executive and she enjoys the many community connections this creates. 

Karen is passionate about the best possible care for seniors, and she actively seeks ways she can bring improved health or living situations for them.

   

Jackie Surprenant, Treasurer

Jackie joined Crossroads as a Board member in June 2019.  She and her husband Larry live in Denison and have a blended family including 6 children ranging from adults to the youngest in high school.  With their 5 grown children married and spread out across the state, they spend a lot of time traveling to visit and following their 13 grandchildren’s athletics. 

As an accountant for the Denison Job Corps, Jackie maintains a busy routine and enjoys the students and staff there.  In her spare time, she enjoys heading to the city to visit the zoo or many various festivals, playing Bunco, scrapbooking, and going out to dinner with friends.  She also loves to head to Okoboji to enjoy the lake, play mini-golf and shuffleboard, and spend time with her family.  Jackie joins us with a variety of personal and professional experience.

 

Lynn Ross

Lynn joined the board in June 2019, bringing with her a variety of experiences.  She currently works as an Office Administrator at Crawford County Farm Bureau and also as a Community Support Staff at WESCO in one of the community homes.   

Lynn grew up outside of Vail and she is one of five children.  After graduating from Ar-We-Va High School, she worked in an Omaha insurance company for 1-1/2 years before moving to San Diego for many years. There she attended San Diego Community College and the University of Redlands, earning a degree Business & Management before she moved back to Iowa to be closer to family. Lynn has 2 adult children nearby, as well as a grandchild who she loves to spend time with. She also assumes many caretaking responsibilities for her aging father.

We are blessed to have Lynn’s wide variety of professional experience which includes work in a variety of insurance types, including sales and adjuster roles, home mortgages, human resources, and employee benefits. 

In her time away from work, Lynn enjoys reading and spending time with her family.  She volunteers time with agriculture-related educational activities for local youth through Farm Bureau and also volunteers time for data assimilation for Crossroads of Crawford County.

 

Brittany Bremser

Brittany has been actively involved in the development of Crossroads’ outreach since it’s onset.  She became a board member in June 2019.

After graduating from nursing school, she and her husband lived and worked in Colorado several years before returning to Schleswig where she grew up.  Both she and her husband are nurses by profession; Brittany is a travel ER nurse, taking assignments within a several hour-radius from home.  She is also a full-time student to become a Nurse Practitioner. 

In her spare time, Brittany enjoys biking, traveling, crafting, and time with friends or family.  

From general health questions to more specialized issues, medical field experience is oftentimes helpful to the staff at Crossroads.  Encouragement for a healthy lifestyle and choices backed up by medical expertise is highly applicable to so many families we see.  Additionally, Brittany is always willing to help with fundraising events, mentoring, and direct time with families and children.

 

Natalie Rosburg

Natalie Rosburg of Charter Oak joined the Crossroads board in March 2020.   She brings a wealth of skills to Crossroads and has an Associate’s Degree from Western Iowa Tech. Her varied background and interests make her adaptable and she thinks creatively.  

Natalie and her husband Ty own and operate Rosburg Livestock, and she is also the bookkeeper and payroll clerk for the business. While their two boys were growing, she eagerly took on all the roles as Chief Family Manager.  They are members of St. Rose of Lima in Denison.

Natalie grew up in California until her family moved to Arkansas when she was in high school.  After graduation, she moved to Texas where she met Ty and they spent the first years of their marriage.  They had two sons born there before the family moved back to Ty’s home town of Charter Oak in 1990.  Their sons have families of their own now and also live near Charter Oak.  

The Rosburg family has a rich history in the US military. Ty served as a staff sergeant, and they moved to Germany while the boys were very young for three years.  Natalie became involved in the battalion wives club, and still is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Soldier Valley American Legion Riders group.  With all her years associated with the military, she is able to informally advise on VA benefits and individual goal achievement.  Both of the Rosburg boys also served terms in the National Guard.  

Ty and Natalie enjoy keeping up with their children and grandchildren.  They also have a heart for pets.  A Master Gardener degree from Iowa State is in constant use as a hobby.  Additionally, Natalie loves to quilt, and most recently, she finished her first semester in welding.

 

Ryan Ernst

Ryan joined our board in March 2020. 

Raised on the family farm north of Schleswig, he attended K-12 in the Denison-Schleswig school district and then went on to college in Kansas City, specializing in computer technology and network security. He and his wife Laura resided there until moving back to the family farm in 2012 where they enjoy spending time outdoors and raising their two children.

He is currently serving as a trustee at Immanuel Lutheran Church and is president of the Schleswig Community Club. Since 2013, Ryan and his father have owned and operated a farm machinery business north of Schleswig. Ryan has a strong background in agriculture and technology and a desire to use that background to help others. In his free time, he enjoys learning new skills and traveling with his wife and kids.