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