Crossroads staff meets teens on their own turf … and makes a connection.
Homeless and at-risk teens in Jerusalem are out on the streets, getting into trouble, becoming more and more isolated and have lost hope for a positive future.
What they need is someone to listen and care, who offers them a chance to express their feelings and fears, and is there to give support and information about a full range of services available. Our staff understands and is ready to help kids deal with their difficulties.
Our program “Coloring the Streets” is designed to make connections with teens in trouble that are hard to reach, through an activity held on the streets of downtown Jerusalem at midnight. We offer these teens a chance to participate in our weekly art project led by local artists with free supplies and an opportunity for creative expression. As they participate, these teens interact with an outreach team of social workers and volunteers trained to form bonds with kids wary of adult interference. In this way, these teens learn they can turn to our staff for support, and they hear about the opportunities for help they can find at the Crossroads Center.