At The Crossroads

Rating: 5 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: 333 Valencia Street, Suite 320 San Francisco CA 94103 USA

Mission: The mission of At The Crossroads is to reach out to homeless youth and young adults at their point of need, and work with them to build healthy and fulfilling lives. Our innovative model focuses on young people who do not access traditional services and are disconnected from any type of consistent support. We remove common barriers to service by bringing our counselors onto the streets, and shaping our support services around the needs of each individual client.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've seen how hard the staff here work to raise money and to provide services to the hardest to reach youths in San Francisco. They leverage volunteers, product donations and do a lot with what they have. Their staff are caring and passionate about helping youths on the street.

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1 people found this review helpful

I've been involved with At The Crossroads for almost 13 years now: first as a foundation program officer, coaching the executive director in submitting applications for funding, then as a sounding board for the E.D. as the organization grew, then an advisory board member, and now as head of the board of directors of a 501c3 organization! I am really proud of ATC: this organization has strong values of non judgmental support and yet everyone is encouraged to hold themselves to high standards. It sounds like a contradiction, but staff and board and volunteers work hard to make it possible for our outreach workers to help youth on the streets of San Francisco. ATC has a great record of helping homeless youth to envision an outstanding future for themselves, and then helping them to make that happen!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting to know one of our alums, Nick Coley, who is a remarkable painter. It's thrilling to see Nick doing so well in his chosen career, and to see his talent.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help to make it bigger. There are more young people who are homeless and who need ATC's services than our outreach workers can meet with.

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9 people found this review helpful

I have known about this organization from very early in its life: I work for a group of family foundations, so part of my job has been to learn about and follow At The Crossroads. Last year, I was honored to become part of a group that will be the Board of Directors as ATC goes through the process of getting its 501(c)(3) status. The thoughtfulness and care that Rob and his team give to every decision is admirable, whether it is choosing how to train new outreach workers or what kind of event is appropriate to celebrate ATC's 10th Anniversary. This agency is a unique mix of heart and mind, and the young people on the streets who are ATC's clients perceive that and respond to the genuine caring evidenced by staff and administration.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the number of young people on the streets whom ATC has touched, helping them to determine what they want to be and do.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I worked at At The Crossroads for a year, and aside from the great skills and super cool community of co-workers it provided, I think it was only really when I left ATC that I really appreciated how the ideas of nonjudgementalism and support extends not just to its clients but to its volunteers and staff members as well. We were empowered to join ATC in ways that were good fits for us, were given the skills we needed to adjust to our and the power to express and address challenges we faced. I'm learning now away from ATC that a lot of jobs - and a lot of life! - is fitting into other people's boxes (and in many cases being expected to be grateful that you have a box at all) and it's great to have been part of an organization that really values finding that good fit and respects that not everyone wants the same thing out of life or their job - be they a client, a volunteer, or a counselor. So even if other jobs and people don't give me that same respect in the rest of my life, because I got it at ATC I can now apply it to everything I do! So thanks for the memories, ATC! And the tools to make the life I want and be satisfied in it.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way I'm able to honestly and openly express what I want in life

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

keep doing the same things it's doing with an eye on opening up new branches around the bay area when money allowed

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their ability to see that everyone is different and respect that individuality - not just with clients but with everyone!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, professional, dedicated, compassionate and cool as hell

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Move to a building that was especially designed for them and pay support people to sort and distribute all the great stuff for clients and open up satellites of their working model all across the country. Oh, and pay their amazing counselors and all their staff as much as accountants make!

Ways to make it better...

I had known at the beginning how to advocate for myself the way that ATC taught me to do - to know my limits and challenges and speak up for them

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the needs of the clients will always outpace the size of the organization, so how to manage this challenge as unless government changes big time it can never really be solved

One thing I'd also say is that...

ATC is the coolest! I know I already said that, but it's so true it's worth saying again.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with At The Crossroads for almost 10 years. First as a client, then a donor, and now a board member. When I met the staff of ATC I was a homeless youth on the streets of the Mission. It has been an evolving relationship for me and ATC. At no time did I feel as a client that I was being told what to do, they have always held my goals in the highest regard, with out trying to push an agenda. As some one who resists authority and being told what to do, I have found the approach of ATC to be both effective and refreshing. My experience with ATC is that they carry out exactly what their mission states. They meet their target population at their place of need. This is why after my life circumstances changed I went back to ATC to help them. It has been the most rewarding relationship I have ever had with an organization. I thoroughly enjoy my interactions with the staff and other board members and I have been able to encourage members of my family and friends to volunteer and donate to ATC.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Clients achieving goals, and finding someone to care about them unconditionally.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people & the community I have built with the staff, board of directors, and clients.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Totally dedicated to their work, and were having fun doing it.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change how homeless youth are viewed in our community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

Rob Gitin, the director of At the Crossroads, has pulled off something truly remarkable in this organization. ATC was founded on the principle that relationships can have a transformative effect when they are formed with “respect, thoughtfulness, transparency, and optimism.” And, even as it has grown, ATC has never strayed from these simple, yet powerful roots. What sets ATC apart from other non-profits is that fact that they are genuinely committed to meeting people wherever they are at – both physically and psychologically. They offer no pre-determined goals for their clients and do not place conditions on their relationship with ATC. Through this non-judgmental approach, ATC elicits positive change in the lives of homeless youth that other programs have failed to reach. I am continually amazed by the plethora of success stories ATC has helped create over the past 10 years. I feel very blessed to have found ATC as a volunteer. They have improved the lives of countless young people in our community and stand as one of the select non profits in San Francisco that anyone could feel very proud to support.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the incredibly positive influence ATC has had on the youth it serves. They have reached many young adults that most people would have written off as "unreachable."

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Rob, and the rest of the staff, always take the time to tell their volunteers exactly how much their contributions mean to the organization. I really appreciate being so appreciated!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

some of the most genuine, committed, and just plain cool people I have ever met.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Rob Gitin's At The Crossroads crosses barriers unlike no other outreach organization in San Francisco. The enormous appeal and response by homeless youth to the ATC staff is a testament to the philosophy and unconditional support offered to young people on the street. Enabling and empowering young peeple to reach more satisfying lives has been the core mission and the success rate is a model to other organizations.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The grateful faces of the young people receiving products (clothes, phone cards, food)and personal guidance and attention from staff.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand fund raising efforts to ortanizations such as Great*Nonprofits and other private foundations.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...unconditional support, love and the belief that each person is worth saving. "If you've saved one human, you've saved the world." - Kaballah

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

.fully committed and yet, underpaid.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

...be the model of unconditional care and compassion for homeless youth.

Ways to make it better...

ATC was double the size it is.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Solidifying an infrastucture that could carry the organization through staff changes and leadership vacuum.

One thing I'd also say is that...

ATC is worthy and deserving of any and all available funds to further it's cause.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer and donor of At the Crossroads for a few years now. I am attracted to ATC because of their impeccable mission and positive impact they have on our community. Everyday, Rob and members of ATC work hard to help homeless youths to become better citizen. As youths are the future of our society, we need to invest in improvement of their lives. I have admired ATC vigorous energy and their selflessness of help homeless youths in our community. To improve our community, we need to support organization like At the Crossroads.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways. I have read and heard stories of people whom ATC help to became hard working citizen.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing. Their commitment to better the lives of homeless is admirable.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I discovered At the Crossroads almost 3 years ago through another non-profit and fell in love with the work of this organization. This city is in need of ATC, with so many youth and young adults on the streets of San Francisco. The founder is passionate about the mission and purpose of the organization, which makes me want to be a part of ATC in whatever capacity I'm needed. I've met so many great people by volunteering during prep nights, and wish I didn't work during the day, so I could dedicate more time to ATC. Hands down - this is a MUST for anyone interested in helping out our youth. They need us and ATC is there not to tell them what to do, but to give them options! I welcome all to come to a Prep Night at ATC and get involved, or make a donation. I promise you .... you'll come back for more.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They are no longer covered under a grant and are now a stand-alone non-profit.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give more opportunities to those volunteers that work during the day. : )

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The passion of the founder and people who work for ATC. I've also walked away with friends who I look forward to seeing each month when I volunteer.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all from different backgrounds, but we all have one goal in common - doing what we can to assist in the business of ATC.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand it's services to other areas of the bay area. I would like to see a similar organization for youth on the streets in Oakland.

Ways to make it better...

not applicable ... I have enjoyed every moment of time spent with ATC.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

resources available for youth to get off the street.

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I volunteer with many non-profits in SF, and At The Crossroads is one of my favorites. It's mission to help those young people that are usually overlooked by traditional organizations is amazing, and the way they go about doing that (walking the streets, meeting clients at their comfort zones, giving them basic necessities, not passing judgments) shows a level of understanding and caring that is evident each time I volunteer. Rob (the founder) is always there, making sure that volunteers are having a good time, feeding them, answering questions about what ATC does, and showing his appreciation for how volunteers contribute to ATC. It's surprising that many non-profits actually DON'T do that. The result of how ATC treats its volunteers shows up in the volunteers that often go back again and again to help out. When people ask where I volunteer, I always mention ATC and try to get people to join me!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their office. There are paintings from a client hanging on their walls!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the ability of a small organization, using simple gestures, to make huge differences in people's lives.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Rob and his staff/board members have set the tone for recognizing that everyone can play a valuable role in making a difference in the lives of the youth that ATC works with. Just as they work to connect with homeless youth at their own level, they engage donors, volunteers, and other supporters at their own level as well - starting with your strengths and contributions, and building a relationship from there.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people that I've met and the hands-on ways that I've been able to get involved.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fun, inspired, and engaged.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

leverage at least $10 million more in in-kind donations, actual dollars, and volunteer support.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-3-01

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