Getting Serious About Equity – Inside and Out

By Giving List Staff   |   April 11, 2022

A message from At The Crossroads Executive Director, Charles Lerner:

“I have worked in nonprofits for over 25 years and I can honestly say that I’ve never been part of an organization that cares for its clients quite like ATC.

However, I think it is safe to say that we fell short of providing the same quality of care for our dedicated employees who advance our mission every day—as so many nonprofits do.

Upon becoming Executive Director in 2019, I made a commitment to leading ATC in creating an organizational culture that better cares for its team. As I prepare to hand the baton off to our next leader, I’m proud to announce ATC’s new compensation plan that centers equity, increases salaries at every level within the organization, and offers each staff member a clear pathway for growth.

ATC has drawn a line in the sand and is committing to doing better for our employees. Do you want to know how we did it? Read our latest blog post about how we are centering equity.

This is just the beginning of ATC’s path to greater equity and an organizational culture that values the efforts of its staff! We hope to be part of a larger movement to better care for those who care for our community.”

Charles Lerner, Executive Director 
At The Crossroads 


At the Crossroads

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At The Crossroads reaches out to homeless youth and young adults at their point of need, and works with them to build healthy and fulfilling lives. By bringing our services directly onto the streets, we cultivate long-term, unconditional relationships with young people who would otherwise be disconnected from consistent support.

We empower our clients to accomplish their individual goals, build community, pursue their passions, and find their own paths to happiness and stability. We believe that there are no limits to what our clients can achieve, and that everyone deserves the chance to build an outstanding life.

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We know you care about where your money goes and how it is used. Connect with this organization’s leadership in order to begin to build this important relationship. Your email will be sent directly to this organization’s Director of Development and/or Executive Director.

“The Five Bridges Foundation provides financial and consultative support to nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area who have a core mission of supporting TAY youth. We have partnered with ATC for over a decade as they have shown their unwavering commitment to helping the most vulnerable and at-risk segment of this population. Their commitment to meeting their clients ‘where they are’ and to truly cultivating personal connections that let the individuals know they are heard, valued, and have an advocate in their corner is, we believe, the first and most crucial step towards positive outcomes. We are excited and proud to continue our partnership in the years to come.”
Chuck Kallgren, President, Five Bridges Foundation

Help Young People Find Housing — And Thrive in Life!

To celebrate their 25th anniversary, At The Crossroads is raising $25,000! This support will be earmarked for new client centered solutions and to expand to new outreach routes.

ATC clients shared their own ideas and solutions for homelessness during a special focus group this year. With your support, ATC will pilot two of their ideas in 2023, further centering client voices in their work.

As they walked their traditional routes, ATC Outreach Counselors noticed the pandemic displaced many people into different areas of the city. With your support, in 2023 ATC will explore and expand to new outreach routes.

Due to the many obstacles that come along with government funding, ATC focuses primarily on donors like you to support their unique approach. In fact, only 6% of their $1.2M budget comes from the government. This allows them to keep their services individualized and client centered; and also allows them to focus on partnering with community members like you to solve homelessness with compassion.

Your support this year will help build a Bay Area where our unhoused neighbors have the support they need to thrive.

Key Supporters

Charlotte Johnson
Whitney Wineroth
Hai Truong
The Moca Foundation
Five Bridges Foundation
Matthews Asia
Bella Vista Foundation
Hellman Foundation
Full Circle Fund
Illinois No. 3 Foundation