Crossroads Programs’ 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 Programs’ 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.


In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
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