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Our communities help provide new beds! You too can help!

Our sincere thanks go out to the sponsors who have provided grants to purchase new beds and mattresses for our shelters:

United Way of South Central Nebraska – Hastings shelter.

United Way of South Central Nebraska

Hastings Community Foundation, Inc. – Hastings shelter

Hastings Community Foundation

Arthur Klinkacek Community Enrichment Fund of the Kearney Area Community Foundation – Kearney shelter

Arthur Klinkacek Community Enrichment Fund of the Kearney Area Community Foundation

Sunnyside – Hastings shelter

Sunnyside

Kearney Area Community Foundation – Building For Tomorrow – Kearney Shelter

Kearney Area Community Foundation – Building For Tomorrow

BNSF Railway Foundation – Hastings Shelter

BNSF Railway Foundation

We are in the process of replacing our old worn out beds at each of our shelters, with new bed frames made of rugged metal to withstand rigorous use, and mattresses with an easy-to-clean waterproof, antibacterial surface. In 2020 alone, Crossroads Mission Avenue provided over 47,000 nights of stay to our needy neighbors in Kearney, Hastings and Grand Island! The new equipment will stand up to the extensive cleaning procedures required here at the shelter and should serve us for many years to come! Our old beds are worn out, and desperately need to be replaced at each location – let us know if you can help! Call Linda at 402-462-6460 if you can help!

UNK blesses Kearney Crossroads!

The Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion at UNK donated 20 boxes of canned goods to the Kearney shelter – that’s almost 2000 pounds of food! Thank you to the students! What a blessing this is for our guests!

Groundbreaking at Kearney Crossroads!

Crossroads Mission Avenue has officially broken ground and will commence construction on The Lodge, our new Long Term Housing facility for the Kearney Community! The new facility is on the Kearney Crossroads Mission Avenue Campus, at 1404 E 39th Street.  Renovations on the back half of this building will culminate in 15 units of affordable long term housing.  Each unit offers an efficiency-style apartment complete with its own kitchen and bathroom, with two of the larger units available to house families. 

Crossroads has accepted a quote from Chief Construction to undertake the renovations, which are expected to be completed in March 2022.  At that point, the 15 efficiency style apartments will be available to individuals coming out of Crossroads’ 4-Phase Recovery program, or those referred by another agency, who are also eligible to apply.  Renovations on the front half of the building were completed in April 2021, and currently provide five dormitory-style beds for women in coordination with the State of Nebraska Probation, Drug Court and Parole.  Plans are in place to expand this transitional living program to a capacity of 16 in the future.

Crossroads Mission Avenue has been serving the homeless in South Central Nebraska  for 38 years, with locations in Kearney, Grand Island and Hastings.  Our Kearney campus currently consists of an emergency shelter serving men, women and families, a Thrift Store, and transitional housing serving women in coordination with the State of Nebraska Probation, Drug Court and Parole.  Crossroads provides comprehensive care in a nurturing  environment, which includes services such as safe shelter, hot meals, life skills classes, and one on one case management which helps our guests gain employment, financial independence and stable housing.  The new long term housing component will provide another step of support for Crossroads guests as they move on to more independence and self-sufficiency, and will equip them for successful living after their time at the shelter, leading to homelessness prevention.  This long term housing also will help meet Kearney’s need for affordable housing as Crossroads accepts applications from eligible individuals referred by other community agencies.

Kearney’s 42 bed emergency shelter is consistently full, and Crossroads has recognized the need to provide affordable housing as a next step for our guests.  As individuals complete the 4-Phase Recovery Program and gain stable employment, they then need to find affordable housing in the competitive Kearney market.  According to a May 2017 study conducted by Capital for Compassion, of the 915 affordable housing units available in Kearney, there was a 99.6% occupancy rate (only 3 units were vacant).  In the years since that study was completed, the lack of affordable housing in Kearney remains an obstacle for their low income residents.  The 2021 Nebraska Housing Profile reports that the shortage of affordable housing continues, stating, “Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.”  And the Congressional District Housing Profile, Nebraska 3rd District report, updated July 2021, reveals statistics that prove Buffalo County low income residents still are not able to afford the fair market rental rates.  The provision of transitional and long term housing on the Kearney Crossroads Mission Avenue campus will help meet this need for Buffalo County residents.

Since opening in Kearney on February 1, 2012, Crossroads has served over 2,600 men, women and children in Buffalo County by providing more than 147,000 nights of stay for the needy.  Completion of the nearly $3 million dollar project will provide transitional and long term housing directly on the Kearney Crossroads Campus, allowing residents to have easy access to the supportive services that Crossroads offers to the Kearney community. 

Daniel Buller, Executive Director for Crossroads Mission Avenue, is thrilled to begin construction on this vital addition for Crossroads and for the Kearney community.  “ The highlight of our year is to celebrate and give thanks to the Lord that this long term housing  construction project is finally underway and will soon be meeting the needs of people who are desperately seeking affordable housing.”  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.

Read the Kearney HUB article here!

Countryside Christian Church gives Kearney Crossroads LOADS of help!

Thank you so much to Countryside Christian Church for bringing a group to work at Kearney Crossroads recently! They mowed our lawn and filled hygiene bags, both of which are such a great help to us at Crossroads Mission Avenue! THEN they made us a great spaghetti supper with food they provided – yum! What a blessing you were to us!

Hastings Great Western Bank supports Crossroads!

Thank you to Great Western Bank in Hastings for supporting Crossroads Mission Avenue with their Jeans Day collection! What a great way to raise money for the homeless! Thank you for helping us help others!

Buff City Soap donates to Kearney Shelter!

Thank you to Buff City Soap in Kearney for their wonderful donation to Crossroads Mission Avenue! Crossroads Mission Avenue is blessed to receive items needed for the care of our guests, and relies on the support of our local communities. We can’t do it without YOU!

Feya Foundation blesses Crossroads!

Feya Foundation recently packed 10,000 meals for Kearney Crossroads – what a blessing! Crossroads Mission Avenue Executive Director Daniel Buller is grateful for the help. “Crossroads is grateful to receive this blessing from Feya Foundation and to form a partnership with them to meet the needs of people in and around Kearney who are facing food insecurities. Crossroads meets the needs of homeless individuals but also wants to assist the community to offer homelessness prevention services such as offering hot meals at the mission and food boxes to-go for anyone who has the need. We encourage folks to reach out if they are in need of food for themselves, their family, or their neighbors.”  Thank you Feya Foundation for helping our needy neighbors!

Mary Lanning comes through for Crossroads!

Thank you so much to Mary Lanning Healthcare for collecting items to meet our Critical Needs! Gary Witmer, Director of Hospitality Services, organized an employee drive to collect the items for our guests at Crossroads Mission Avenue. What a blessing your employees are to us!

Serve Nebraska SERVES Kearney Crossroads!

Serve Nebraska recently gave Kearney Crossroads a large donation of trash bags, paper towels, toilet paper, laundry soap, traveling coffee mugs, over the counter medicine, and notebooks! We can’t thank them enough for serving the homeless in South Central Nebraska! Thank you for the bountiful donation!

Ministry In Motion provides wonderful evening for our guests!

We are so grateful to Ministry In Motion Inc for preparing a fantastic evening of BBQ, crafts and games for our guests at Highland Park this week! It was an evening filled with fun and fellowship, which was an enjoyable treat for our guests! Thank you for thinking of us!

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