While the children who live at the Crossroads for Youth facility in Oxford were on a camping trip on Aug. 9, nearly 50 DTE Energy Corporate Services employees swooped in to repair and paint one of two dormitories to surprise them.

Crossroads for Youth has been a labor of love for the Corporate Services team the past few years. That love is reciprocated by the Crossroads staff and the children themselves.  Last year, the team received dozens of adorable handmade cards from the children expressing their gratitude for not just the work DTE performed, which they could never have done on their own, but for caring about them. Last year the team spent four days making repairs — including plumbing, HVAC, landscaping and painting – to the site’s Kresge Hall.

Crossroads for Youth is a non-profit treatment facility that serves at-risk children and youth. Believing all youth are at-risk, Crossroads works to strengthen families and youth by providing the skills and tools they need to become valued contributors in their communities.

Services are provided to high-risk and disadvantaged children and teens from all of Southeast Michigan through a continuum of residential, day-treatment and community-based services. The campus sits on 320 beautiful acres with three lakes and offers a variety of programs including: a Day Treatment Center, boys and girls residential facilities, an Achievement Center, custom designed experiential therapy through the Adventure Center and a safe, therapeutic environment through the Adam’s House for girls and the new residential center for boys. There are more than 100 children currently on campus.

Crossroads was started as a camp 50 years ago and has changed and grown to become what it is today. Through work education, scholarships, and mentoring, many of the youths over the years have found their way to successful lives. And despite the changes accompanying years of expansion and development, Crossroad’s basic philosophy remains the same: “EVERY CHILD DESERVES A CHANCE.”

For some it may be only paint, but when those 100 children returned from their camping trip, they saw the now- familiar army of red shirts letting them know that their community and DTE Energy truly care.