Levander’s Auto Body Partners with Crossroads Mission Avenue

January 24, 2024

Crossroads Mission Avenue is pleased to announce a new Corporate Partnership with Levander’s Auto Body. A presentation of plaques in recognition of the partnership took take place at Levander’s Auto Body Grand Island location on Wednesday, January 24th. Levander’s plans to place a plaque in each of their Nebraska locations as they promote the collaboration. This partnership will allow Levander’s customers the opportunity to support the homeless services offered by Crossroads, investing in their Central Nebraska communities with each car repair and service through Levander’s Auto Body.

With a true concern for the health and welfare of Nebraskans, Levander’s seeks to make a purposeful impact through this partnership. By taking a lead role in combating the social and economic issues involved with homelessness, they look forward to giving back to our Central Nebraska communities in this way. Brian Levander, owner of Levander’s Auto Body understands the impact that this partnership can bring to our Central Nebraska communities, and shares, “When a person finds themselves homeless, it’s a place of desperate need. The importance of having a place in your own community where people in need can find help cannot be overstated. Crossroads Mission Avenue has proven its ability to provide help to those who need it and to manage its resources to steward well what God has provided. They bring an invaluable benefit to our Central Nebraska communities that Levander’s Auto Body wants to partner with, to bring that life-changing help to our neighbors.”

A core value of Crossroads Mission Avenue is to care for those in need in Central Nebraska. Through this collaboration, both Crossroads Mission Avenue and Levander’s Auto Body seek to care for our needy neighbors by bringing awareness about homeless issues, and education within our communities about the services that are available to all who need help. For 40 years, Crossroads Mission Avenue has been serving the homeless in Central Nebraska. Crossroads currently offers emergency shelter as well as transitional living services on its three campuses located in Hastings, Kearney, and Grand Island, with a Mission expected soon in Lexington. Men, women, and families needing food assistance can find individual meals or food boxes at the Missions as well. This partnership will help meet the needs of Nebraska families, as economic demands continue to rise. Daniel Buller, Executive Director of Crossroads Mission Avenue reflects on this new partnership, “One of the core values that shape the culture of ministry at Crossroads Mission Avenue is that we “involve the community in Christian ministry”. Crossroads Mission Avenue is thankful for the support of Mr. Levander and Levander Automotive. Their organization has given our communities an example of what it means to bear one another’s burdens and to care for those in need. This display of compassion and taking action to meet a need is helping to make a tremendous impact across Central Nebraska, helping the most vulnerable in our communities. To the Levander’s Automotive team, we at Crossroads offer a heartfelt “Thank you!”

On each campus, Crossroads Mission Avenue provides comprehensive care in a nurturing environment, including services such as safe shelter, hot meals, life skills classes, and personalized case management to help their guests gain employment, financial independence, and stable housing. The transitional housing component allows guests to take the next step in their recovery with supportive services close by, before moving on to complete independence and self-sufficiency. These steps equip Crossroads guests for successful living after their time at the Mission and lead to homelessness prevention. In 2023, Crossroads Mission Avenue served over 1,300 men, women, and children in Central Nebraska by providing more than 68,000 nights of stay for the needy. Crossroads also provides low-cost clothing and household goods within the communities it serves through its Mission Avenue Thrift Stores.

Crossroads Mission Avenue’s mission is to bring glory to God through the helping of people.  Homelessness recovery is a long, complicated process for many of their guests, and step by step, Crossroads is there to help them in that process.