Crossroads Mission Avenue is pleased to announce that we are offering services in Broken Bow! The new Mission Avenue Thrift Store at 440 S 8th Avenue opens on December 11th! This addition to the retail shops in Broken Bow supplies a local option for purchasing low-cost clothing and household goods, as well as an opportunity for Custer County residents to recycle their unneeded items by donating to the Thrift Store. All proceeds from Mission Avenue Thrift Store sales directly support the efforts of Crossroads Mission Avenue as we provide meals and care for the homeless and needy throughout Central Nebraska. Crossroads also sponsors a Community Voucher program, which provides basic clothing and household necessities for Broken Bow families through partnerships with local agencies, using resources from the Mission Avenue Thrift Store. The new Mission Avenue Thrift store offers job training experience for Crossroads’ guests and also provides employment and volunteer opportunities for the local community. As a non-profit organization, Crossroads will continue to explore avenues of service in meeting the needs of residents in Broken Bow.
Crossroads Mission Avenue has been serving our homeless and needy neighbors in Central Nebraska for 40 years, with locations in Kearney, Grand Island, and Hastings. The newest Crossroads location will provide homeless services in Lexington, where a capital campaign to raise funding for the expansion is currently underway, while efforts to identify a facility that will meet the need are in progress. Each Crossroads campus provides emergency shelter and transitional housing, offering comprehensive care in a nurturing environment. This includes services such as safe shelter, hot meals, life skills classes, and one-on-one case management that helps our guests gain employment, financial independence, and stable housing. This equips Crossroads guests for successful living after their time at the shelter, leading to homelessness prevention. Well over 70,000 nights of stay will be provided for needy Nebraskans on Crossroads’ campuses in 2023.
Daniel Buller, Executive Director for Crossroads Mission Avenue, is excited to see the addition of Mission Avenue Thrift in Custer County. “Crossroads Mission Avenue continues to establish a presence throughout Central Nebraska, not only with homeless shelters currently in Hastings, Kearney, and Grand Island but other facilities in new cities – the most recent being Broken Bow Mission Avenue Thrift. Crossroads’ expansion in the region is an effort toward homelessness prevention. These expansion efforts are meeting the needs of food insecurities, creating local career opportunities, supporting low-income families, and providing sustainable recycle opportunities, while continuing to support our efforts of sustaining such a great Christian organization which has been called “home” by almost 1,000 people who were homeless in the region throughout 2023 so far. Crossroads is working tirelessly to establish a new homeless shelter outreach in the City of Lexington and is very excited to have opened our newest Mission Avenue Thrift stores in Lexington and Holdrege. Lexington is also home to a monthly mobile food distribution coordinated by Crossroads which has served over 6,300 households in the past 16 months. Both communities have been extremely welcoming and generous, and for that we are thankful. Our Mission is to bring glory to God through the helping of people, and every operation overseen by Crossroads fulfills that mission. As we look to the future we say, “Lord willing” we will continue to grow and make a major impact by addressing issues of poverty and homelessness throughout Central Nebraska.”
Crossroads Mission Avenue is Central Nebraska’s Rescue Mission, with a mission to bring glory to God through the helping of people. Homelessness recovery is a long, complicated process for many of our guests, and step by step, Crossroads is there to help them in that process. The new Broken Bow Mission Avenue Thrift Store is a vital addition to our program!