Cross Over Ministries

A Christ-Centered Community Committed to Cultivating Mental Health Opportunities
through Hope, Opportunity, Mercy, and Encouragement

Serving Montgomery County, Illinois & the surrounding area

  New “Strengthening Families Program” beginning Autumn 2022: Sign Up Today! | New Support Groups starting in April! See our Calendar of Events to learn more about “Winners’ Circle” and “We Are Not Alone”  

Support, Partner, Lead

Be Well — Stay Well — Live Well — Finish Well

  Our Vision & Mission

Cross Over Ministries offers individual recovery and wellness through:

  • Resources for Mental Health, Divorce Care, & Recovery
  • Training Opportunities for QPR Suicide Prevention & Trauma Informed Care
  • Grief Support and Theraputic Activity groups
  • Community Awareness and Advocacy
  • Story Sharing and Creative Expression
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  Training Opportunity

Trauma-Informed First Responder Training

June 29, 2022 — 6:30 pm-9:30 pm (Meal served at 6:00 pm)

Cloud Room at Hillsboro Area Hospital (1200 E. Tremont St., Hillsboro, IL 62049)

We are sorry that the Trauma Care training on June 29th has been cancelled. We will be sponsoring other trauma events throughout the year and we will keep you posted. Thank you for your support of Cross Over Ministries.

Paramedics, EMTs, police officers, firefighters, and rescue workers are the first to respond to emergencies. The scene of critical incidents often involves exposure to life-threatening situations, frightening events, and stressful experiences. These experiences can lead to trauma responses among first responders. Learn how trauma can impact you and others.

Presented by Trenda Hedges, CRSS, SPRS. Sponsored by Cross Over Ministries.

Limited Seating Available!

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  Seek Treatment From Substance Use Disorders

Cross Over Ministries is your Access Point for the Safe Passages program

  • What is Safe Passages? Safe Passages is a “no wrong door” approach where an individual can walk into any access point for linkage to substance use disorder treatment. A field support specialist can link you with inpatient or outpatient services.
  • How does Safe Passages work? An individual would walk in to the access point and request assistance in finding treatment for their substance use disorder from an officer or staff member.
  • When can you access Safe Passages access points? You can utilize safe passage access points at any location as long as they are open to the public. Find Cross Over Ministries’ Open Hours on The Living Room informational page.
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  Friends Reaching Out—Grief Support

FROGS for Spring: Second Edition of COM’s Grief Support Newsletter

Cross Over Ministries has published our second issue of our new grief support newsletter called FROGS (Friends Reaching Out—Grief Support)! Look inside the Spring 2022 issue for ways to seek hope, forgiveness, and channel loss into purpose; embrace the ups and downs of grieving; and find community in others with shared experience.

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  Employment Opportunity

Apply to Intern/Work for Cross Over Ministries!

Interested in becoming a part of the Cross Over Ministries’ (COM) team? Apply for an internship or paid position! Serving in this capacity is an experience that will give you the opportunity to grow in your relationship with the Lord and with others. You will be actively involved in helping people with mental health conditions and/or substance use disorders discover their own recovery and wellness journey. You will also be contributing to the vision and mission of COM. Our Board will be relying upon you to give us advice regarding specific goals and the actions required to meet them.

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Third Tuesday — 6:30-8:00 pm

Cross Over Ministries Monthly Board Meeting
Second level in the Montgomery County Farm Bureau (102 N Main Street, Suite #1, Hillsboro, IL)

Second Saturday — 10:00-11:00 am

Free Art Experience
Call or email to register: 217-851-5424 or dianesingler @
Second level in the Montgomery County Farm Bureau (102 N Main Street, Suite #1, Hillsboro, IL)

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  Recovery Article

5 Landmarks for Mental Health Recovery & Resiliency

As you travel through your recovery and resiliency journey, there are a few landmarks along the way that will help you know that you’re moving in the right direction!

  1. Community
  2. Renewed Sense of Hope
  3. Healthy Lifestyle
  4. Resting in Grace
  5. Serving Others

What are other landmarks that have encouraged you in your mental health journey?


Text Lines & Montgomery County Phone Lines

Illinois has set up a Remote Patient Monitoring Program for mental health services. This telehealth and mental health support line is for underserved communities and those at risk during the COVID 19 pandemic. To access this program, text TALK to 552020.

Additionally, you can text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States to reach a crisis counselor anytime.

Locally, the Montgomery County Health Department has a 24-hour crisis hotline at 1-888-324-5052. They are also open Monday through Friday and can be reached at 1-217-532-2001. Counselors are a phone call away.

Please do not wait to get the mental health treatment you deserve.

Let your community support you!

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Every Dollar Makes A Difference

Help Cross Over Ministries save lives and cultivate opportunities for healing and wellness for people with mental health and/or substance use challenges in Montgomery County, Illinois & the surrounding area. Cross Over Ministries is funded through events and donations from people like you.

Mental Health By The Numbers

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About one in five adults has a diagnosable mental disorder. Mental illnesses are more common than cancer, diabetes or heart disease. Also, data shows that if you have a mental illness, your chance of having a substance use disorder is as high as 50%. Mental illness can affect persons of any age, race, religion, gender identity or socioeconomic status. People affected by mental illness include our church members, our friends and families, and ourselves, as well as all the people who support those experiencing mental illness. With proper care and treatment, between 70 and 90 percent of persons with mental illnesses experience a significant reduction of symptoms and an improved quality of life.

Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. (11.2 million) experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.


More than 90% of people who die by suicide show symptoms of a mental health condition.


18.1% of adults in the U.S. experience an anxiety disorder such as posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias.


Half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14; three-quarters by age 24. Despite effective treatment, there are long delays—sometimes decades—between the first appearance of symptoms and when people get help.


Only 41% of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition receive mental health services each year.


Drop Us A Line!

Better yet, see us in person! All Board Meetings are open to the public and are on the third Tuesday of every month at our location, 102 N. Main Street, Hillsboro, Illinois. We would love to have you join us!
We love our community. Join us at our events, meetings, and fundraisers.