A Christ-Centered Community Committed to Cultivating Mental Health Opportunities through:

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O pportunity,
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Serving Montgomery County, Illinois & the surrounding area

Recovery Support Peers

Recovery Support Peers (RSPs) use their personal recovery experiences and the unique insight they have gained to support others in their wellness journey and also help shape systems of care. They will be an asset to many as they participate fully in the life of our community.

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Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. I Thessalonians 5:11

One of Cross Over Ministries’ expressed goals is to establish “The Living Room”: a Christ Centered HOME (literally) that provides FREE recovery-oriented crisis services to our guests experiencing mental health challenges. Staffing of Cross Over Ministries’ The Living Room will include two CRSS (Certified Recovery Support Specialists) who will effectively contribute to the recovery and wellness of our guests from a position of support, mentoring, mutuality, respect, and shared experiences of mental health crises and recovery. Recovery Support Peers will be the most vital and essential members of “The Living Room”. Without them and the emphasis on their continued recovery, training, education, and establishment of relationships within Cross Over Ministries and the community, “The Living Room” will not exist.

See Calendar for Dates and Details of upcoming training opportunities!

Meet The RSPs

My name is Bonnie Goodwin. I am a Recovery Support Peer for Cross Over Ministry. I moved back to the Fayette County area in 2019. I am a member of Christ Tabernacle Church in Herrick, Illinois. As a recovering addict for over 6 years, I know that recovery is possible. I have also struggled with Bi-Polar disorder for 37 years. I joined Cross Over Ministries because I have a passion to be used by God and share my story to help others know that recovery is possible. I pray that the Lord will show me how to help those in need. I am currently working on programs that will give strength and hope through education in wellness, employment, housing, journaling, and bible studies.

My name is Amber Kite. I’m from Collinsville, Illinois, I have 2 daughters, and I have lived in the Montgomery County area for 3 years now. I have been sober since 9/3/2018. I’m an active member in the recovery community here in Hillsboro. This community has been so good to me!! About the time I heard about Cross Over Ministry and its vision, I was in the process of rebuilding my relationship with God. I had turned my back on Him and was reminded He never left me. Since becoming a Recovery Support Peer my relationship with God has grown more than I can even express! I’m so thankful God has put me in a position to be of service to others. It is great being a part of the solution today.

Hi! My name is Kyle Smith. I joined Cross Over Ministries when a friend of mine told me about the opportunity. I have dealt with mental health issues and suicidal ideation since I was a small child. My service with COM is a way to continue my own recovery and a way to pay it forward. I hope to help people raise awareness that recovery is possible, and reduce the stigma around mental health issues. Taking this opportunity to grow is very important to me, as are my family and friends. I have spent a lot of time lost, broken, and feeling alone. I hope to encourage others they are never alone; they don't have to be alone and what they have done in the past isn't necessarily who they are or will be in the future. Greatness is achievable!