Values, Mission, and Vision
Founded In 2016
Cross Over Community Development (COCD) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Dayton, OH. Our organization was created to function as a resource and support center for immigrants and refugees. We work with more than one hundred refugee and immigrant families a year. We provide educational services, community integration programs, and programs that provide resources and advice related to relocation, health care and employment opportunities.
We understand the challenges and obstacles that many families face when arriving in the United States. This is why our collaboratively-developed programs are free and open to all. Our programs are tailored towards the needs of oral language culture learners. However, we welcome anyone to participate. We recognize that it is difficult to understand the web of complex issues in the United States related to health, housing, education and culture norms, especially with a language barrier. We will help by providing clear and concise information and can advocate by making phone calls, writing letters or providing personalized “family navigation” assistance.
Why Cross Over?
Cross Over Community Development was named in honor of the challenges and new opportunities immigrants and refugees encounter when they cross over from their home countries to their new lives in Dayton, OH. The term “crossing over” refers to immigrants and refugees crossing over from their respective countries to the US.
Our mission is to function as a resource center for immigrants and refugees. We are committed to advocate, educate and facilitate connections to help immigrant and refugee families achieve and maintain self-sufficiency and to successfully integrate and participate in their new communities.
We also aim to raise public awareness about immigrants and refugees to increase their visibility and to change public attitudes for the better.
Cross Over Community Development will serve as the gateway for immigrants and refugees to build better lives, confidence, dignity and independence. Our work will help the Greater Dayton area become a safe place for anyone that seeks protection and a better life.