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 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.
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 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 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!