Crossway Community is an innovative alternative to traditional domestic violence centers, transitional housing programs, and homeless shelters. Young mothers reshape their lives at the Family Leadership Academy; young children become independent learners at the Crossway Community Montessori School; and families are woven together through recreational, cultural, and civic events at the Neighborhood Learning Center. The core constituency is young, low-income, at-risk mothers and their children, struggling to overcome homelessness, substance abuse, domestic violence, multigenerational poverty, and social isolation. And they find what they need at Crossway: supportive housing, parent resources, career counseling, a sense of community, and the self-sufficiency that education brings. And what about results? Impressive. More than 78% of graduates are living without public assistance and nearly 60% have earned or are earning college degrees. Preparing and guiding single mothers down a path toward a degree and professional career, while ensuring the success of their children, is what Crossway is all about. Your family can help.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County; DC Metropolitan Area

Age Groups Served: Infants; Pre-K; Youth; Adolescence; Teenagers; Young Adult; Adult; Elderly; Grades K-5; Grades K-12; Grades 6-12; Grade 9-12; All

Ethnic Groups Served: African American, 51%; Asian American, 6%; Caucasian, 40%; Latino/Hispanic, 3%

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Women/Girls; Students; Low- to Moderate-Income

Schools They Work In: Montessori Preschool, Family Leadership School on campus

United Way Agency Number: 8218

Awards & Recognition



  • WETA Hometown Hero
    Thu May 1 2008  
    Crossway Community, Inc. is pleased to announce that Executive Director Kathleen Guinan has been named a "Hometown Hero" by WETA TV-26 during the month of November 2008. Serving the needs of Washington area's most at-risk families for over four decades, and the families of Crossway Community for over 22 years, Ms. Guinan says, "I've been so fortunate to have family, friends, faith and community in my life. They define the meaning and foundation for my work and everything I've done."

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Budget (FY2014)

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