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
* 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
Programs: At the crossroads's (atc) work has four basic components:1) nighttime street outreach, where we meet clients' basic needs by distributing supplies, and develop counseling relationships that will lead to them moving forward in their lives. 2) one-to-one counseling, which empowers clients to identify and achieve goals, helping them move beyond the streets once and for all. 3) collaboration, which allows our clients to successfully access services that can address their diverse needs, and provides support to those agencies that work with our clients. 4) community education, which works to ensure that there is a continuum of care that meets the needs of all disconnected youth in san francisco and beyond.
the youth that atc works with are disconnected from people and organizations that can help them lead healthier lives. They do not have consistent contact with people or services which might help them think about their lives, create realistic plans to meet their goals, or connect them with the resources necessary to follow through on their plans. They do not access traditional services, and consequently are completely isolated on the streets. Atc sees 1,000 unduplicated youth on the streets each year during nighttime outreach and 275 a year in our daytime counseling.
atc is on the streets three nights a week in each of two neighborhoods in san francisco, the mission and downtown/tenderloin. We are out from approximately 7:30-11 pm, walking the streets. We offer our daytime one-to-one counseling meetings five days a week, between 10 am and 8 pm. We will work with the same individual client up to four times a week. We work with clients for as long as they want, until they hit their mid-thirties. We continue to work with our clients after they get off the street. There are more than 50 clients who we have been working with for the past 10 years; the majority has moved beyond the streets.
I have been a volunteer and donor of At the Crossroads for a few years now. I am attracted to ATC because of their impeccable mission and positive impact they have on our community. Everyday, Rob and members of ATC work hard to help homeless youths to become better citizen. As youths are the future of our society, we need to invest in improvement of their lives. I have admired ATC vigorous energy and their selflessness of help homeless youths in our community. To improve our community, we need to support organization like At the Crossroads.
Rob and his staff/board members have set the tone for recognizing that everyone can play a valuable role in making a difference in the lives of the youth that ATC works with. Just as they work to connect with homeless youth at their own level, they engage donors, volunteers, and other supporters at their own level as well - starting with your strengths and contributions, and building a relationship from there.