Roughly 60% of our population are Israeli citizens, who are either children of English-speaking immigrants or immigrated on their own. Language barriers prevent these teens from accessing state-funded social services, while cultural barriers exacerbate normal teen angst into extreme social problems.
Tourists and Students
Approximately 40% of our clients come to Israel as tourists or students for a year. During their stay, these teens realize they need therapeutic support or counseling in English. Other non-Israeli teens may have dropped out of a program or educational framework, or fled an unhealthy situation in their native country. These young people are often searching for help in Israel, but lack access to Israeli social services because of their temporary status.
Our clients are both male and female and span the religious and political spectrum. Crossroads social workers welcome each teen that walks into our doors with warmth and acceptance, and offer teens the opportunity to turn their lives around.