Founded in 1985, Crosswalk is an emergency shelter, a school drop-out prevention program, and a group of lifesaving and life-changing programs dedicated to breaking the cycle of youth homelessness. In an average year, Crosswalk serves more than 1,000 youth. Emergency shelter is available 365 days a year and all services are free and voluntary.
Most Crosswalk kids (ages 13-17) have complicated personal histories that include:
- family conflict
- lack of education
- substance abuse
- mental health issues
- high risk for depression and suicide
- sexual abuse or rape
- parental substance abuse
Crosswalk restores hope and encourages personal responsibility among homeless youth, including those who eventually return to their families, by providing:
- family reconciliation services
- clothing, showers and personal hygiene products
- employment-readiness program and job-placement assistance
- independent living training including life-skills and self-sufficiency classes
- attachment and bonding classes for young mothers
- medical and mental-health care
- school drop-out prevention program
- substance-abuse treatment and prevention
- tutoring and enrichment activities
- college scholarship opportunities (donor funded)
- access to our transitional housing programs
Our spiritual center has been providing one delicious and nutritious meal a month to homeless teens at Crosswalk for 30 years. Last year we expanded our ministry to this organization by collecting non-perishable food items to stock their pantry since meals are not provided for the youth 100% of the time.
We are also collecting tube sox for the teens. We are gratefully accepting your donation through OCTOBER 19.