What we are and are not
What we do
Crossroads of Crawford County is a Christian outreach for the people and communities in Crawford County. It seeks to match people with resources which fit their personal or family needs while encouraging and supporting them though the situation.
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.
To honor God through obedience to His command to help others and to be a light to their path through encouragement and Christian love.
Our Core Values
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!
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.
We have a responsibility to the families, the community, and to our staff to diligently use the resources with which we have been entrusted.
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.
Then ‘The Board of Directors for CCC meets approximately five times annually and as needed. Our success depends on a varied board with 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 June 2019
Janette Clausen, Director, 4th year non-voting member
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 lay people 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. This understanding is the foundation of this flexible, creative agency.
Caleb Schroeder, Chairman, 3rd year
Born and raised on a farm near Schleswig, Caleb attended K-8 in the Denison-Schleswig Community Schools. He is an active member of the US Marine Reserves, and he an Assistant Ag Loan Officer at United Bank Iowa, in Schleswig. His interests include coon and pheasant hunting, golfing a round here and there with friends, and farming with his brother.
Strengths that Caleb offers to our Board of Directors is an understanding of the young adult population of Crawford County, his military training and values, and the financial integrity that he practices daily.
Caleb and his wife Emily recently moved to an acreage in Crawford County. Emily works for Farm Credit Services of America at the Carroll branch as a Customer Service Specialist. Her parents are lifelong residents of Crawford County.
David Friedrichsen, Treasurer, 4th year
Dave is a lifelong resident of Crawford County. He grew up on a farm by Schleswig and continued farming after he married his wife, Jac. Dave also worked as a journeyman electrician and plumber and has worked for UPS as a driver before he retired. He is still busy with part-time seasonal agricultural work and handyman Jac is involved with our board with input, as she taught in Schleswig K-8 and still substitutes often since her retirement. Dave and Jac have 3 sons who are married with families and have a total of 7 grandchildren.
The assets that Dave offers as a Board of Directors member include the investment they have put forth into their community. Through Jac’s years of teaching and Dave and Jac serving as foster parents for a variety of children ranging in ages 4-18, as well as completing an older child adoption, they have made a tremendous impact. Additionally, they serve in multiple community groups and events.
Larry Luvaas, 3rd year
Larry was born at Forbes Air Force base in Topeka Kansas, raised on a farm just east of Denison. He has a varied professional background, starting with doing farm labor for local farmers before he joined USAF in the field of Law Enforcement during the Vietnam War. He spent over 20 years as a volunteer on the Grimes Fire & Rescue Team and was a member of the Fraser Ambulance service in Des Moines.
Until recently when his father passed away at age 95, Larry was a full-time caregiver for his aging father. This has brought in his heart for other caregivers, as he knows the sacrifices made to fulfill this challenging and important role. His professional background plus his heart for helping and quick readiness are a huge asset which he brings to the Crossroads’ Board of Directors.
In his time away, Larry loves to travel. He enjoys an afternoon of fishing, helping with bowling at the Lucky Lanes, and just jumping on his motorcycle and going with the wind.
Karen Claussen, 1st year
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 best possible care for seniors, and she actively seeks ways she can bring improved health or living situations for them.
Allen Staley, 1st year
Allen joined as a board member 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 most 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 through his lifetime in the county.
Megan Ross, 1st year
Megan is an emerging social worker who is working on college credits while being a single parent for her preschool age daughter and working as an activity director at Morningside Care Center in Ida Grove. She lives in Denison with her daughter.
Her outlook on life is reflective and optimistic. She appreciates that hard work is required of nearly anything worthwhile, and joined Crossroads’ mission because of the varied work we do and recognizing the need for our outreach in our community.
In her spare time, she enjoys time with her family or taking her daughter for outings, or a bit of relaxation with friends.
Jackie Surprenant, 1st year
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 Bonco, scrapbooking, and going out to dinner with friends. She also loves to head to Okoboji to enjoy the lake, play mini-golf and shuffle board, and spend time with her family. Jackie joins us with a variety of personal and professional experience.
Lynn Ross, 1st year
Lynn joined the board in June 2019, bringing with her a variety of experience. 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, 1st year
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.
In her spare time, Brittany enjoys biking, travelling, crafting, and time with friends or family.
From general health questions to more specialized issues, medical field experience is oftentimes helpful to staff at Crossroads. Encouragement for healthy lifestyle and choices backed up by medical expertise is highly applicable to so many families we see. Additionally, Brittany is willing to help with fundraising events, mentoring, and direct time with families and children.
Ongoing Request: PRAYER PARTNERS
We greatly need prayers from our community members & churches:
for effectiveness in our ministry with the families we see
for staff growth in reaching out as Godly neighbors to LOVE & HELP
Please contact us if you or a group would be interested in supporting us through intentional and regular prayer.