HEALING BEGINS
WITH A CROSS.

Hand-Making Crosses to honor those killed through violence opens the door to provide the grieving with emotional support and LOVE.  They can being to heal as they experience the compassion of a strong community of supporters that know what it’s like to have a family member violently killed through a murderous act.  Greg Zanis know first hand the pain they are feeling as his own father-in-law was murdered in the 90’s which sparked his desire to help and reach out to others in a similar situation.  He has personally made and delivered over 20,000 Crosses since 1997.

 

WHY DO WE CARE?

The motivation for behind Zanis Crosses for Losses is simple —Too see pain healed and violence overcome through the power of LOVE.  When asked, Mr. Zanis simply says, “We need to show that we love one another,”.

It was a personal tragedy that set Zanis on his cross-building mission. He was a luxury custom home builder until his father-in-law, Ralph K. Stadler, 71, was shot and killed in his office on the 600 block of Jungles Avenue in Aurora during an armed robbery in 1996.

A few months later, 6-year old Nico Contreras, of Aurora, was fatally shot in a gang-related shooting while sleeping at his grandparents’ home. Nico’s mother asked Zanis to build a memorial cross for her son, and at that moment he found his purpose in life, he said.

Zanis has traveled the country since then placing thousands of markers at the sites of murders and tragedies.

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"A Hand-Made Cross and a hug is the doorway to a healing for grieving families of violence.

Greg Zanis Founder of Zanis Crosses for Losses
Greg Zanis
Founder of Zanis Crosses for Losses

Our Impact

Murdered Individuals Honored with their own Cross Memorial in 2017.

4,500

Murdered Individuals Honored with their own Cross Memorial in 2017.
Community Events in 2017.

350

Community Events in 2017.
Volunteers at Community Events in 2017.

5,500

Volunteers at Community Events in 2017.

49

Candle Light Vigils honoring victims in 2017

780

2017 total Public appearances, TV and News interviews in United States

85

International Interviews in 2017
(London Times, Sputnik news in USSR, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Greece, Asia, Dubai, Alaska, China, India, South Korea, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, France)

OUR APPROACH

Community Partnerships

Zanis Crosses For Losses’ works in advance with community leaders and stakeholders forming partnerships that build the foundation for our memorial marches and candle light vigils. Partnership with local governments, organizations, churches and business are crucial to the success of these events.

Volunteers

Volunteers are an important part of all community outreach events. Zanis Crosses For Losses engages with community members in building a volunteer base, establishing a customized plan for the community, and carrying out the event. At many community outreaches, thousands of volunteers participate.

Events

Thousands attend to honor and bring attention to the individuals who have been murdered in the community.  The heart and soul of every one of our Community Events is LOVE and compassion for the grieving.  Many Guests of Honor are people who are working to end violence and teach peaceful resolution to conflict.

Stories about Crosses changing Lives

Greg Zanis

Founder – Zanis Crosses for Losses

The motivation for behind Zanis Crosses for Losses is simple.
When asked, Mr. Zanis simply says, “We need to show that we love one another,”
It was a personal tragedy that set Zanis on his cross-building mission. He was a luxury custom home builder until his father-in-law, Ralph K. Stadler, 71, was shot and killed in his office on the 600 block of Jungles Avenue in Aurora during an armed robbery in 1996.
A few months later, 6-year old Nico Contreras, of Aurora, was fatally shot in a gang-related shooting while sleeping at his grandparents’ home. Nico’s mother asked Zanis to build a memorial cross for her son, and at that moment he found his purpose in life, he said.
Zanis has traveled the country since then placing thousands of markers at the sites of murders and tragedies.

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