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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(415) 487-0691x1
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person 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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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