Crossroads Residential Program

Transitioning to adulthood and independent living can be daunting for anyone, but it’s especially difficult when you lack the resources and social connections we all need to move ahead. That’s the reality for the young people in our community who are working to overcome poverty or time in the foster care system.

The Crossroads Campus Affordable Housing Program for young adults opened in 2016 as a pilot model program above our social enterprise pet store in Germantown. It consists of a 4-bedroom unit, with shared kitchen and living accommodation. Residents referred to the program receive intensive weekly individual and group case management. Job training in our social enterprise pet store and adoption shelter on the ground floor provides employment on site. Our residents are required to pay rent, both as a means of helping to sustain the program and as part of preparing them for independent living.

Residents are referred to us by partnering agencies, including Monroe Harding, Oasis, Youth Can, and the Martha O’Bryan Center. A unique feature of our program is that we do not impose a time limit on the length of stay. Our experience has been that some of our young people only require a few months with us, while others may need to stay for up to several years, depending upon their individual circumstances.

Residents are required to comply with program rules and to work toward specific education, career and future housing goals as outlined in individualized case management plans. These are managed through individual weekly meetings. In addition, residents benefit from supplemental group meetings and training activities to encourage community building, financial literacy, healthy nutrition and other positive daily living skills. Paid job-training is available through our Crossroads Pets program, although some residents work in jobs off site. We use the “circle process” and the concept of restorative justice to help the young people we serve learn to live in community and resolve conflicts in a positive and effective manner during weekly group meetings.

Our program model has proven to be innovative and successful, and we are in the process of acquiring a second site, which will have an additional 25 beds mixed with additional social enterprise job-training in an inner urban neighborhood in North Nashville.

DONATE BECAUSE

you believe young adults can
leave generational poverty
when armed with tools like job skills,
stable living, and a supportive community.

DONATE BECAUSE

you believe young adults can
leave generational poverty
when armed with tools like job skills,
stable living, and a supportive community.