Duane met Jim and Ronda Rouches in 2006 while in a residential substance abuse treatment program. They knew that they were brought together to change lives and realized how many people needed to be loved and accepted right where they were at in their struggles. That friendship became the knitting of hearts as a family, with a common vision that drives the mission set before them.
Duane and Lori Porter met in Sarasota in 2007. Marrying in 2009, they dreamed with the Rouches’ family about what the vision could become. Duane and Lori moved to Hardee County (Duane’s home-town community) in 2014 and founded The Crossings Addiction Services, Inc. in 2017 as a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization based in Wauchula to help those in their community and surrounding areas to rise above the challenges before them, transform their lives, and thrive in recovery.
Our passion is to set people free from the bondage of addictions. Our staff are all Christ-followers who have had victory in many areas of addictions and are equipped with life strategies to help others lead successful lives free of drugs, alcohol, or any other form of addiction. We know that the first 30 - 90 days in recovery need to be spent getting our heads clear, our hearts right, and to help them find their identity in Christ. Once that happens, true change can begin to happen. We believe that each client has different needs, and individual care plans need to be implemented and evaluated constantly. We are in the business of transforming lives, one client at a time
Meet the Team
Working together to make a difference in the lives of the communities of the Heartland region of Florida.
Co-Founder & CEO
Lori graduated from Sarasota High, and has lived in Hardee County since 2014. She loves the heartland region and the strong sense of community that this region thrives on. She had worked in the medical field since high school and spent 8 years working in a neurology office as a medical assistant and office manager. That position gave her an understanding of how the addictive mind functions and how it can be healed. She majored in business management in college before deciding to start a family. That knowledge has proved valuable as this corporation has grown from a dream and desire on paper to the reality of helping transform lives. She is certified as a Family Integrity Training Facilitator.
Co-Founder, COO & Executive Director Heartland Region
Duane is a 4th generation Floridian, and has lived in Hardee County since kindergarten. He has victory over a 25 year alcohol and methamphetamine addiction, and has been sober since June of 2006. His passion is encouraging people to take back their life from the grips of addiction, and find their true gifts and talents that will allow them to live a successful sober life. His desire is to help restore a community that has been devastated by drugs and alcohol. Working in this field since 2009 has given him an understanding of how to make this facility model work for this community. He has led many recovery and life skills groups. Duane sits on the board for Drug Free Hardee and was ordained as a pastor in 2013, has completed the Peer Recovery Support Specialist Training, and is a certified Family Integrity Training Facilitator.
Director of Youth Outreach and Prevention
Josh grew up in Hardee County. He was active in sports while in school, and understood the importance of having not only the bonds of teammates but also the encouragement of coaches to keep him focused and out of trouble. Now with children of his own and helping coach his kids' teams, as well as ministering and pouring into all of the kids on their teams, he realizes where he can make the most difference. His passion is to help kids see that they are important, they belong, and they are loved by God.
Director of Outpatient and Supervision Services Heartland Region
Israel “Izzy” Torres is a USMC Veteran with over 15 years of experience in substance abuse and mental health services. Most recently Izzy served as the Vocational Coordinator for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) residential patients. He is the Director of Outpatient and Supervision Services for The Crossings Services and manages clients using Tap Out Now as part of the Pretrial Release Program in Hardee County and surrounding areas.
Executive Director Manatee and Sarasota Region
Jim has victory over decades of addictions, and has been sober since 2004. He is well known in the recovery community for his innovative way of helping others break the bondage of addiction. He is the program director for a 122-bed residential treatment facility. He has held a seat on the Sarasota County Criminal Justice Commission since 2014 and has been appointed to the Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Planning Council. He is an ordained pastor at the Harvest Tabernacle Church in Sarasota. He is also author and founder of an innovative online substance abuse educational program which is utilized by our organization, as well as the Tap Out Now App, which is changing the way client management is being handled across the state of Florida. He teaches several classes at the Salvation Army and at the recovery pod in the Sarasota County Jail.
Outpatient and Supervision Services Manatee and Sarasota Region
Ronda is certified in the Wellness Recovery Action Plan training and uses those skills, along with her years of personal recovery experience, to mentor and encourage others. She most recently worked for The Salvation Army as a Case Manager until the COVID Pandemic closed down the schools and her focus shifted to homeschooling her children for the remainder of the school year. She now has become an invaluable asset to The Crossings Services and heads up the offices opening soon in the Manatee/Sarasota area.