At the Crossroads of Mt. Tam

 

What’s better than climbing Mt. Tam? Climbing Mt. Tam with a husband that isn’t the most avid hiker, but who willingly joins you for the trek because he knows it means a lot to you.

And what makes that trek even better? Hiking to support a wonderful cause, At the Crossroads (ATC), who provides outreach services to homeless youth in San Francisco.

ATC’s small staff does amazing amounts of good on very little resources and a lot of heart and dedication. I think what makes ATC so special is their fundamental belief that every person deserves to have a happy, good life. This philosophy is conveyed in everything they do, Instead of just providing used clothes or the obvious leftovers, ATC takes care to get donations of brand new clothing and assembles quality snack and candy packs to distribute to their clients. Now these may seem like small things, but they make a huge statement–that they value the person receiving them. Their care continues through the tireless work of their counselors who see thousands of clients over the course of a year.

At the Crossroads is one of my favorite places to volunteer. Not only do they do a great job of organzing volunteers, they truly make it a special experience for you, just as they do for your clients. The founder, Rob, is usually there with a plateful of fresh farmers market fruit and truffles to pass around, along with a mix of music playing for you, and he never forgets a funny, thoughtful email to thank you afterward for your efforts.

I love hiking so when I heard ATC was having their Summer Fun Hike, I knew I had to sign up. I brought a dear friend, Terry, from my walking group and my terrific husband, who surprised both himself and me by feeling pretty good physically at the end of our 8-mile trek. In true ATC fashion, it was a fabulously organized and enjoyable event. From the well-marked trails, to the best array of snacks and goodies I think I’ve ever had on a fundraising event, to getting to chat with other ATC supporters, it was a fantastic way to spend the day. And since I always seem to want to do a yoga pose in moments of happiness (and after hearing about the Sirsasana (headstand) challenge), I decided to do so at the mountain top.

And speaking of inspired, if hearing a little more about ATC’s work made you happy to know an organization like this exists, I’d love it if you took a moment to help support ATC through my I Think I Can Campaign. Every little bit means a little bit more time ATC staff can spend with their clients so any little bit you can give makes a big difference.

You can also find our more about how to get involved with ATC here or come like ’em on Facebook.

 

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