Sister Terry Dodge named woman of the year

Sister Terry Dodge, executive director of Crossroads, was recently named one of the 2019 Women of the Year by Congress member Judy Chu. The award recognizes women who contribute to the community through organizing leadership and service. A luncheon was held at the San Marino Chamber of Commerce. 

“The annual Women of the Year awards is one of my favorite events of the year,” Ms. Chu said in her remarks at the ceremony. “Today’s winners have stood out in our district because of their drive and commitment to give back to their communities. I’m so proud of these role models and am honored to be recognizing them.”

Ms. Chu introduced Sister Terry by describing her dedication to formerly incarcerated women. Since 1989, Sister Terry had led Crossroads, where hundreds of women have transformed their lives and have gotten back on their feet. While she graciously accepted the award and very much appreciated the acknowledgement, she said, “It’s the formerly incarcerated women who make changes in their lives who deserve this recognition.

In addition to Crossroads board members and staff, Claremont City Council member Jennifer Stark attended the event.

Since 1989, Sister Terry has been the executive director of Crossroads, a six-month residential program for women when they are released from prison. Crossroads provides comprehensive services of housing, meals, job readiness and training and support to the women. To learn more about Crossroads, visit


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