CROSSWAY COMMUNITY INC

Rating: 4.9 stars   20 reviews

Issues: Education, Homeless & Housing

Location: 3015 Upton Dr Kensington MD 20895 USA

Mission: Crossway Community, Inc. is a center for innovative, community-based anti-poverty solutions in the greater Washington, DC area. We promote community, creativity and learning for all families. Our evidence-based programs provide economically disadvantaged, single mothers the educational tools they need to build the social and financial networks that break the cycle of generational poverty.
Results: Since 1990 Crossway Community has served over 6,000 women in the Washington DC region. Parents report that 90% of the children who have attended our Montessori education program are above grade level in school and 70% of our adult students are currently enrolled in post-secondary education programs
Target demographics: Economically disadvantaged women in the Washington DC metro area with children under the age of 6.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,500+

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

It’s rare that an organization of such high value, execution and passion are all seen in the same place. Relentless in its pursue of current and time tested ways to build self sustaining life skills. A model non-organization.

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

changine lives.

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

Give it a much bigger budget.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

Newpaper and friends

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

One of the things that stands out to me is Crossway's holistic approach to changing the lives of mothers enrolled in the Family Leadership School. From what I learned during interviews, Crossway doesn't babysit mothers in the FLS. They won't hold your hand. Don't get me wrong, the mothers have a very supportive environment, but they are responsible for their own success--and they have the tools to guide them along the pathway to success. I am very impressed with the whole person/whole family/whole community approach that is at the core of Crossway's mission.

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

an indirect fashion. One FLS student I interviewed has a touching story. I was able to hear how she is taking advantage of the opportunities the program provides, primarily to better her child's future.

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

I'm not exactly sure what I would change at this point.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My children both attended Crossway Montessori.
I would like to highlight the standard of education Crossway Montessori provides for all children enrolled in the school regarding of their socio-economic background.
The Students in the Family Leadership School are working on achieving success for themselves and their children. Over the past 6 years I have witnessed wonderful changes in the life of those families.

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

educating children with the highest standards.

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

Be able to serve more families.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Crossway Community serves mothers and childen in a unique way by providing life skills classes, stable housing, a Montessori School year-round program and positive contact with other parents (from the Montessori school) who support Crossway's mission and can serve as mentors. It is a special place that is always striving to provide the best outcomes for the families it serves.

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

Contact with the organization's leaders.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

I support Crossway as a retired early childhood specialist. Crossway understands that working with children means working with parents, the whole, the family. To achieve long term success, change must take place through learning and experiencing the lessons taught. This happens at Crossway. Cheers to a quality program.

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

I have spoken to residents/students and have heard of their experiences first hand. I also attended graduations and observed their growth and development over their time at Crossway.

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

I would like to see them have more funding to expand and enhance their programs. They have developed an effective concept that should be encouraged

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have so much respect for the work Crossway Community does - so many programs work with small children in disadvantaged circumstances but neglect the parents. By working closely with the mothers as well, Crossway Community gives the children a lifeline within their own families. The Family Leadership School is a wonderful innovation with proven results - local governments and other child-centered non-profits should really take a look at this model. Very impressive.

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

No direct experience.

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

No changes to recommend.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Having been a staff member at Crossway many years ago, I have been impressed and inspired by the organization's development . By sticking to a set of core priniciples and a strong mission, and by continuously committing to excellence, Crossway has realized a vision that makes a difference in the lives of families every day. I believe that Crossway is on the cutting edge of education/family and community development because of its ability to draw upon the strengths of each and every partner -- and to be driven by research and best practices. It is an honor to have been connected with Crossway Community.

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

Being inspired by the women who have kept Crossway going and growing over the years, and by those who have participated in its programs.

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

replicate it and expand it to other parts of the country and the world

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Rating: 5 stars  

Crossway Community really understands how working with young children, especially those from poor families, can make a difference. It is uplifting to see their school and know that the future for these children may be different than what they might have experienced.

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

On repeated visits, I've witnessed the way the staff treat the children and they, in turn, behave in a respectful, positive way.

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

Find ways to publicize the work more to the general public.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

This is a wonderful organization that provides inspiration, support, and education. So many women and families are helped with their programs!

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

watching how the women were inspired to become better people and received such wonderful support

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

No changes

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Rating: 5 stars  

Crossway Community is a unique program that offers young women and their children educational and supportive services. It is a great place that truly changes lives!

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

my involvement in the program

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

expand the organization to multiple locations

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