A Brief History
In 1990, Kathleen Guinan was already a nonprofit entrepreneur. Having founded Zaccheaus Kitchen and Rachel’s Women’s Center, she and her husband, Ed Guinan, were well-known community organizers and social justice activists.
After renovating a formerly abandoned elementary school, Crossway Community opened as a wrap-around center, integrating an innovative adult education initiative, a Montessori-inspired early childhood program, and a community center where volunteerism and creative activities would bring people together across culture and age.
Families living in the apartments participate as part of a vibrant community. Families and community groups throughoutMontgomery County and greater Washington have thrived at Crossway Community over two decades.
Crossway Community is.... Intentional. Inspirational.
For a parent who feels cast aside, a discouraged child, or a lonely senior citizen, the scent of lavender and the soothing colors on the wall offer one message:
You are home. You matter here.
Crossway Community's Family Leadership Academy offers a safe, supported home and community while parents complete degrees or work. The Montessori School, nurtures hundreds of children, of all incomes in a prepared environment. The Intergenerational Learning Center is a hub for career, life skills, vocational, and service learning initiatives, training, and partner programs.
For its excellence, Crossway Community has been recognized by:
- National Bridge Builders Award
- The African American Infant Mortality Coalition
- The Aspen Institute
- The Migrant Heritage Commission
- Kathleen Guinan, “Hometown Hero” by WETA