Crossroads’ Mission, History, and Vision
The Crossroads’ mission is to empower youth who are homeless, abandoned, abused, or at-risk to lead healthy, productive lives.
Crossroads Programs was founded in 1978 through a collaboration of interfaith community leaders committed to providing shelter to runaway and homeless youth. These leaders formed a volunteer board of directors and incorporated Crossroads as a private, non-profit organization.
Since that time, the agency has developed considerable expertise in serving youth who must transition to independent young adulthood without the support and guidance typically provided by family. The Crossroads continuum of care for homeless youth – shelter care, outreach services, group homes, residential treatment, community-based treatment homes, life skills training and family therapy – has resulted in improved outcomes and enhanced futures for the thousands of kids and families we have served.
Over the years, Crossroads’ expertise in sheltering youth has expanded to include clinical services for all types of at-risk youth. The programs offer the youth developmental assets, educational and emotional mentoring or coaching, and life skills training.
With administrative offices in Willingboro, New Jersey, Crossroads Programs has seven locations in Burlington County, but serves youth in all counties throughout the state. The organization serves approximately 350 youth annually in both residential and community-based programs.
Crossroads’ belief system is that all youth deserve a chance to discover and put to use their inherent strengths and talents in order to become successful, contributing adults. The approach is to promote positive, healthy child and adolescent development by fostering responsibility, resiliency, and respect for self and others. Safe housing, counseling, and appropriate referral and follow-up services are delivered in an atmosphere of positive regard and care.