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.
Results: ATC has reached 5,200 young people, and has worked one-on-one with 975 youth in intensive counseling relationships.
Target demographics: * Almost all of our clients (98%) live in poverty * 77% are unemployed * 12% are immigrants, and 5% are monolingual Spanish speakers Ethnic background: * 51% African-American * 21% white * 18% Latino * 10% other ethnic and racial categories About 66% of our clients are male, 33% female, and 1% transgender
Geographic areas served: San Francisco
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person 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!

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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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.

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.

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2008-8-01

 
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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.

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.

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2008-6-01

 
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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.

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...

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2008-8-01

 
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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!

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

 
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