In the mid-1960s, seven Christians living in Croydon identified a need to offer practical assistance to fellow church goers with mental health difficulties. Deciding to act themselves, they rented two adjoining properties which offered safe, family-led accommodation for up to six people, with two of the founders, Leslie and Lilla Moxham, moving in to provide round-the-clock support.
Crossways Trust became a registered charity in 1967 and moved to Tunbridge Wells, opening a registered care home (now Moxham House) in a quiet area near the town centre in 1971.
The charity changed its name to Crossways Community in 1991 and four years later a supported accommodation unit for 22 people (Culverdale) was built across the road from Moxham House. This was followed in 2007 by Bethel Court, which provides long-term accommodation for up to six residents who require little support. That year we also celebrated our 40th anniversary, producing a video in commemoration.
In 2013 Crossways Community purchased a one-bedroom flat in Earl's Road, on the outskirts of the town centre. This provides independent accommodation for an ex-Culverdale resident who is living out in the community and is in regular employment, but who also receives floating support from Crossways. We see our purchase of Earl's Road as a major stepping stone on the road towards independence and integration within the local community for our residents.
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