This is a  staff list for Crossroads Youth Ranch in Roseland, LA

(This program appears to be closed.)

(we are working to acquire the complete records for ALL years)

 

We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at Crossroads Youth Ranch.  For information on your rights and how to take action, visit www.heal-online.org/blowthewhistle.htm.If you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at Crossroads Youth Ranch, you have the right to take action.

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Crossroads Youth Ranch, please contact info@heal-online.org if you remember the long-term employees and from which years.This will help!†  Also, if you recognize any of these staff as having worked at another program, please send in any information about their past or present employment at other facilities and/or cults.

 

Please donít place your loved one in Crossroads and rescue them if they are there now. 

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Gary Martinez Founder/Director From T.:

well if u want the whole story.... crossraods was "pastor gary"s first
venture into mass manipulation. i should know. i am his neice. my mom
and leslie martinez are cousins.

he first started "grace community church" in laplace louisiana, and 40
miles south of thier current location. when i was 13, my mom and i
started to go there. i was a troubled child due to the fact i never
completly got over the fact that i was raped as a child. this left my
family wide open for the mind games gary liked to play. my mother
jumped head into the church draging me along with her, mostly kicking
and screaming i might add. it really didnt get so bad until my mother
put into the school they started, "cornerstone chirstian academy". now
my mother worked there to put me through this school with out being
paid and also with him paying taxes that one should when there's
employees such as medicare.... now mind you, my father felt he could
not say anything about the way my mom thought to raise me because this
is what gary thought was best for me and he was a "man of God".

now at the time i was 15 or so i was put on medication because of sever
depression. shortly i was put on this medication, gary told my mother
that medication was not the answer. i was possessed by deamons. yes my
mother believed him and i reluctantly went through with what some would
call an exsorism, which was very tramatic for some one like me. i was
taken off the medication rather aburptly, and i went through with
drawals. the medicine was e-fexor and depacote, one of which is a
lithium based drugs and can make a person have a break down if stop
aburptly like i was. this caused me to have such a break down in the
middle of school one day, in which i tried to kill myself. of course
gary blamed this on my mother for staying with my father. u see my
father wasnt buying into the whole believe in gary and u will be saved.
gary told my mother that she should leave me dad, that he was a bad
influence on me and was hindering my growthas a christian. gary said
that he would pay for my treatment at a christain ranch up in northern
louisiana call mount grace as long as my mother would leave my dad and
work for him at the church with out the pay she wasnt getting. now
mount grace was a place for grown women who were mostly convicted of
drug related crimes and non-voilent crimes. i was only a troubled teen
who's medicine and mind was being fucked with by some one how had a
degree in psychology and business, something fishy here??? he got free
and now willing labor from my mother once my father was gone because my
mother could no longer be feed reason, reason from my father which gary
did not want her to hear.

after my two months were up at mouont grace, i came back to gcc and cca
to be charged by gary and my intire class with writing threatening
letter to fellow classmates, which i did not do. the only way they
apparently knew about these so called leters is that gary read them to
the class. now i didnt write them but there is no doubt in my mind that
he did. consecquentially i got kicked out of my class by a vote of my
peers because of these so called letters.

at this point i said screw it. i got me two jobs, skipped bible class
every morning, and got the best grades i possibly could on other
things. becuase of my refusal to participate in bible class i recieved
and f in it. fine with me ecept that i had a full paid scholarship
riding on my grades. he hung that scholarship over my head as much as
he could. i did the required work nessissary to get out of that class
and i graduated in 2001.

what was messed up about graduation was that the one who got to average
our grades was none other than the perfect son of pastor gary martinz,
scotty martinez, and of course he was validictorian.

now another thing that i about screamed at during graduation is that
they almost didnt let half of the class walk becuase there was a split
goin on at the church and the deacons (the splitor) daughter almost
didnt graduate.

now a couple of years ago, i have tried to get into college. i was told
that the diploma that i recieved wasnt worth the paper it was printed
on. i was not recognized by any state as a high school graduate.

now at the age of 23, i am about to go for ged testing. and yes i have
over 50 college credits to my name.

there is a bunch of stories about the so called man of god and his
crocked ways. i havnt even gone into how he wound up messing my mother
over badly after he decided to move up to roseland. all his dealings
are dirty but unfortunately i can not stop this bastard from doin these
things. maybe you can!

if u need anything, any more information or other stories, contact me

From J. (Mother of boy who attended Crossroads):

MY SON WAS IN A PROGRAM IN ROSELAND LOUISIANA CALLED   CROSSROADS YOUTH RANCH.  RUN BY "PASTOR" GARY 

THIS PLACE CLAIMS TO BE A WONDERFUL CHRISTIAN BASED FACILITY THAT HAS SUCH A GOOD RATE OF RCOVERY,, LOOK AT THE WEBSITE   crossroadsyouthranch.com

THEY POSE THEMSELVES AS CHRISTIANS AND BEHIND YOU THEY CURSE THESE BOY SOUT CALLING THEM EVERY DIRTY NAME ,, THEY HAVE THEM WORKING LIKE SLAVES ,, ITS ALL A HUGE LIE.

MY SON IS WORSE NOW THAN HE WAS TO BEGIN.  THE "RANCH"   CONSISTS OF A BUNKHOUSE, A KITCHEN, DINING ROOM/RECREATION ROOM, AND AN OFFICE / SCHOOL HOUSE.. I HAVE ALREADY REPORTED THEM TO THE COURT TO INVESTIGATE ,,, THE WEB SITE SHOWS THIS WONDERFUL PLACE WITH ALL KINDS OF ACTIVITIES ,, GO THERE AND SEE FOR YOURSELF.,, ITS A LIE,, PLEASE HELP PREVENT OTHER BOYS FROM GOING THROUGH WHAT MY SON DID.

From V.M. (Mother of boy who attended Crossroads):

My son was at crossroads for 14 months and came home 10x's worse off then if we had never sent him. The boys are allowed to go on weekend passes where they smuggle in cocaine and other harsh drugs. My son was one who was just sent for behavioral problems came home with multiple problems among drug abuse. "Pastor" Gary hits, allows fighting and curses all the time. When boys are abused and say they are going to tell their fathers on him. He says to the boys "bring your father down here and I will kick his ass too". God is on my side. Boys are subjected to hours of physical labor in which the camp benefits from monetarily. Pastor Gary and his wife go on extensive vacations to the Bahamas and other expensive trips on OUR money. Leaving the boys with minimal supervision. I will do anything in my power to urge every parent NOT to send their son there!
 
 
NO OTHER NAMES NO OTHER TITLES Please contact us to report additional staff.*
*(Crossroads Youth Ranch, like many other programs in this industry, keeps a "tight lid" on any specific information regarding their staff, qualifications, and practices.  Please contact us with the names of any staff of which you have firsthand knowledge or experience.  Thank you for your help.)
Crossroads Youth Ranch appears to be closed.  HEAL representatives telephoned the program and it goes to a private voice-mail for a woman with no mention of Crossroads in the outgoing message.  In addition, Crossroads website appears to have been disabled and/or no longer operational.  If we are mistaken, and Crossroads is still open, please let us know.
In January, 2015, HEAL volunteers ran a new search on this program.  The website is still gone.  And, the phone number goes to a generic voice-mail that lists only the number with no other identifying information.  It did appear on GuideStar that this program filed tax forms in 2013.  However, it appears on their tax forms that the number is different from the one listed in their ads.  The number now shows as 504-416-2407.  This number appears to be Gary Martinez's cell phone and the outgoing message does not reference Crossroads Youth Ranch.

 

 Last Updated: January 14th, 2015

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