Prior Crossing recently marked the one-year anniversary of its opening. The young adults who now call Prior Crossing home are finding stability that makes it possible to work, learn, make plans, and pursue their goals.
Kadijah Parris moved into Prior Crossing in January 2017. Before Prior Crossing, Kadijah had felt that her life was out of control because there was domestic violence in her home. She had to leave, but the move left her without a home until she had the opportunity to move into Prior Crossing. She now feels like she’s in control of her life. “Living at Prior Crossing helps me fulfill my dreams of becoming a doctor and an artist,” she shared. Kadijah currently performs spoken word/hip hop at local schools and has been featured in a recent documentary about Rondo artists. Kadijah hopes to start her studies to become a doctor soon.
Forty-four young adults now call Prior Crossing home. Seventy percent of them had no home for more than a year before they moved into Prior Crossing. They are track to achieve one year of stability— nearly 90% of the initial residents are still living at Prior Crossing. Sixty percent of the residents are working in the community and many are enrolled in a variety of educational programs including St. Paul College, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, JobCorps, Goodwill YouthBuild, and nursing programs. Wilder Foundation staff is onsite to coach the residents as they finish school, work, seek a career path and develop their independence.