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FormerStaff

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Review for At The Crossroads, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I was a staff counselor and got the skills to pursue further education.