COVID-19 Solidarity Emergency Fund

Eight years ago, out of a vision of breaking down social isolation, Crossroads Acupuncture began in an old building that used to be a jail in Downtown Las Cruces. From there we built our patient base from 1 patient a day (that first day we opened!!) until, by the end of 2012, we were bringing together 100 patients per week.  

Our community supported healthcare program in the larger border region and in Latin America has since  offered more than 90,000 treatments since then, through a team of over 400 volunteers throughout the Americas, offering care for migrants, refugees, people with addictions, military Veterans, the homeless, survivors of violence and trauma, and other underserved populations.  

This year, in 2020, Coronavirus has severely impaired our ability to function as a business, and to help the community with healthcare.  For three months, we made the heart-wrenching decision to suspend our clinic hours for  acupuncture.

We have no intention of abandoning our mission of making healthcare affordable and accessible to people of all income levels, even as the Coronavirus threatens the foundations of the societies we life in.   Crossroads has continued to offer support during this time our students and volunteers through global technology which allows us to offer distance and telemedicine counseling, training, support and team building.   We have been able to resume acupuncture services at our clinic as of June 2020, but have only been able to operate at 20% capacity.
During this time, we have seen, by continuing to operate with online support groups, telemedicine and webinars, that people need connection, support and community during this time, if not more than ever.  Regardless of what happens in 2020 Crossroads will continue to use all the resources we have to create space for people to find the support they need.  Our outreach at this time extends to refugees, the homeless and people struggling with addictions, poverty, and evictions.

However, because our clinic is operating at a limited capacity, our primary revenue source is limited.  To keep Crossroads Acupuncture available to our partner projects, we have established a Solidarity Relief Fund to allow us to keep our services open for the short term, and to make sure our clinic is available to re-open in the long term.  Without donations, Crossroads is in high risk of closing permanently.

Your donations contribute to a healthier world around you amidst the pandemic.  All proceeds for this Solidarity Relief Fund, via our GoFundMe Campaign, empower us to keep working to make healthcare accessible to everyone.  This includes the launch of of our  distance and online training for students, telemedicine and video counseling sessions to low income, vulnerable and high-risk patients in our communities, herbal delivery for patients needing support for respiratory problems, for and immunodeficiency, and for stress management. The fund also allows us to maintain staffing for our operations, rent support, and prepare for any Emergency savings we may need to survive the months ahead.

Crossroads Community Supported Healthcare is a 501c3 non profit organization provides low cost services within Families and Youth, INC in Las Cruces, and also offers support for humanitarian aid projects, both locally in the borderlands, and in Latin America, in response to violence, poverty, and human rights abuses.  

The acupuncture-based programs that Crossroads has been a part of include the disaster response in the aftermath of the 2019 El Paso mass shooting, the current migrant caravan and refugee situation in the US/Mexico Border Region, Flores de Juarez in response to violence in Mexico, Promotores Descalzos in Nicaragua, and Indigenous community health projects in the Sierra Tarahumara region of  Mexico, and Coban, Guatemala.  

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Ryan Bemis 
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Crossroads Community Supported Healthcare 
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