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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Education, Family Services, Homeless & Housing, Low-Income & Subsidized Rental Housing, Preschools

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+

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jonathan D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Crossway Community provides educational opportunities for students beyond compare. The onsite Montessori School and Family Leadership School for single mom's and their children are cutting edge.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Crossway has a wonderful Montessori that serves the entire community. My daughter learned about community service and the importance of diversity. Wonderful program!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This org has one of the best models for how to address issues of poverty and how to break the cycle, by getting these young babies in montessori school and then empowering their moms to understand the principles of montessori. (prepared calm, clean, safe and healthy environments) Kind of like the kids end up teaching their moms how to be good moms!