Frequently Asked Questions
01. What do you do while on Crossroads?
02. Do you actually walk across the entire country?
03. Do I have to be a college student to walk? Are there age requirements?
04. Is Crossroads a Catholic organization? Do I have to be Catholic to walk?
05. How is Crossroads funded?
06. Does it cost anything to walk on Crossroads?
07. Is Crossroads safe?
08. How many pairs of sneakers do you wear on Crossroads?
09. Where do you live while on Crossroads?
10. I can’t walk for the whole summer, can I walk for part of it?
What do you do while on Crossroads?
Crossroads is a walk, literally, from Seattle, San Francisco or Los Angeles to Washington, DC. During that time, walkers pray for a Culture of Life in our country.
Walkers offer up their hardships and long hours for an end to the culture of death. They also witness to the dignity and sanctity of every human life through talks and presentations at conferences, at churches, to youth groups as well as media interviews, and personal interaction. One very clear way people make a difference on Crossroads is by wearing t-shirts which unmistakably have the words PRO LIFE in large letters on the front.
Do you actually walk across the entire country?
Yes, Crossroads does actually walk the entire length of the country, from the Coast to the Capital. This covers deserts, mountains, forests, and hundreds of towns and cities. The day is broken up into two 7-hour shifts with individuals walking half of one of these shifts per day about 5 times a week. All 3,200+ miles are walked by the team as a whole, while each walker averages about 1,000 miles personally by the end of the summer.
Do I have to be a college student to walk? Are there age requirements?
No. Although most of our walkers are predominantly young people from colleges and universities across America, you don’t have to be a student to walk. We invite anyone between the ages of 18 and 30 to consider walking with us. If you are outside of this age range, but would like more information, please contact us.
Is Crossroads a Catholic organization? Do I have to be Catholic to walk?
Crossroads is a Catholic organization, and our life, our prayer, and our mission reflect this. If you are not Catholic, but your beliefs regarding the Culture of Life are in line with Catholic doctrine (i.e., abortion, contraception, homosexuality, etc.) then you are encouraged to apply. The only requirement is that all volunteers agree to participate in the prayer and Mass schedule of the group.
How is Crossroads funded?
Crossroads is funded 100% by the generosity of individual donors from all over America. Crossroads is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3), Non-Profit organization and all donations to us are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Our existence relies completely on the generosity of others and the grace of God.
Does it cost anything to walk on Crossroads?
No, walking on Crossroads does not cost you anything. The only expenses volunteers are responsible for are travel to and from the walk and, of course, sneakers. All other costs, including food, housing, and travel (while on the walk) are covered by the thousands of Americans that support our mission and, of course, by God’s grace.
Is Crossroads safe?
Although there is an element of risk, every precaution is taken to provide for the utmost safety and security of each walker. Mobile phone or two way radio communication between walkers and support vehicles, interaction with local police forces, light and reflective clothing, and prayer are all aspects of our safety efforts. Walkers are encouraged to keep in frequent contact with their families and are given this opportunity on a daily basis.
How many pairs of sneakers do you wear on Crossroads?
Surprisingly, nearly everyone makes it through the summer wearing the same pair of sneakers. One walker even wore the same pair for two summers in a row, although his team probably wished he’d gotten another.
Where do you live while on Crossroads?
Crossroads walkers eat, sleep, and live in many different locations while crossing the country. Each walk is equipped with an RV and another support vehicle. On weekends, we stay with host families and during the week we stay at various campgrounds and churches. Men and women sleep in separate locations. Conditions are sometimes a little cramped, so courtesy helps. By far, the community experience is great.
I can’t walk for the whole summer, can I walk for part of it?
Absolutely! If you can’t spend the whole summer on Crossroads, we are happy to have you for a shorter period of time. If your main concern is financial, please let us know. If you don’t think you can make it for the summer because of the need for a summer job or tuition, contact us so we can discuss fundraising opportunities you can utilize. Each person that has had this concern and followed through with this option has ended up raising the needed funds and been able to walk on Crossroads.