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Crossroads partners with FBFH to provide a mobile pantry in Lexington!

As of July, Crossroads Mission Avenue has become Food Bank for the Heartlands‘ newest Lexington Partner!  Mobile food distributions will be provided on the first Thursday of each month!  There are no requirements and no cost for the food – EVERYONE is welcome!  

Sadly, Lexington is described as the largest food desert in the State of Nebraska.  During the April mobile pantry, 349 food boxes were provided, serving 1175 individuals in Lexington! Praise God!  Crossroads is excited about the opportunity to provide food services for those with food insecurities in Dawson County.  With costs increasing rapidly, some families are forced to decide between buying enough gas to get to work OR buying enough groceries for the week.  With this partnership between Food Bank for the Heartland and Crossroads Mission Avenue, help is available to families in Lexington.

Crossroads Mission Avenue AND Food Bank for the Heartland sponsor the mobile food pantries in Lexington on the first Thursday of every month at the Dawson County Fairgrounds at 3pm!  The Dawson County Fairgrounds are located at 1000 Plum Creek Parkway in Lexington.  Food distribution begins at 3pm, and continue until the supplies run out.  The food boxes are provided free of charge.

We ALWAYS need VOLUNTEERS:  If you are available to help us pass out food boxes, call Jenna or Linda TODAY at 402-462-6460 for more info!  We always need VOLUNTEERS who are willing to help our neighbors!  Call NOW if you can donate a few hours to help us HELP OTHERS!

The mobile pantry food distribution will be held on the first Thursday of each month.  Mark your calendar with the future dates: 

September 1, 2022 at 3pm

October 6, 2022 at 3pm

November 3, 2022 at 3pm

December 1, 2022 at 3pm

January 5, 2023 at 3pm

The Lodge East Apartments at Kearney Crossroads are Now Open!

Crossroads Mission Avenue is pleased to announce the opening of the Lodge East Apartments, consisting of 15 long-term housing apartments which are part of the Transitional Housing Facility on the Kearney Campus!  Located at 1408 E 39th Street, the efficiency-style apartments are designed to offer an affordable housing option for low income residents of Buffalo County. 

Crossroads Mission Avenue has been serving the homeless in Central Nebraska  for 39 years, with locations in Kearney, Grand Island and Hastings.  The Kearney campus currently consists of an emergency shelter as well as transitional housing serving women in coordination with the State of Nebraska Probation, Drug Court and Parole.  We provide comprehensive care in a nurturing  environment, including 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.  This equips Crossroads guests for successful living after their time at the shelter and leads to homelessness prevention.  Since opening in Kearney on February 1, 2012, Crossroads has served almost 3,000 homeless men, women and children  in Buffalo County by providing more than 160,000 nights of stay for the needy.  Crossroads Mission Avenue Thrift Store is also located on the Kearney campus, providing employment and volunteer opportunities in the community, in addition to supplying an option for low cost clothing and household goods in Buffalo County.  

An invaluable addition to Crossroads’ services, the new transitional living apartments are designed to help low income families rise out of poverty.  In May 2017, in a 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 low income individuals.  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’s low income residents still are not able to afford the fair market rental rates, even if affordable apartments were available.  The expansion of the transitional housing site on the campus of Crossroads Mission Avenue in Kearney will help meet this need for Buffalo County residents, as Crossroads accepts applications from eligible individuals referred by community agencies in addition to applications from graduates of the Crossroads 4-Phase Recovery Program. 

This new facility is the culmination of 10 years of planning and construction, and represents an investment of $3.3 million by Crossroads Mission Avenue in the Kearney community.  Completion of this project will provide transitional housing directly on the Kearney Crossroads Campus, allowing guests to take the next step in their recovery while their supportive services are still close-by.  The renovated building now includes 15 units of long term housing in efficiency-style apartments complete with their own kitchen and bathroom, with two of the larger units available to house families.  Each unit is fully furnished, including appliances, rugs, curtains and furniture.  Applications are now being accepted through referrals from community agencies.  Income guidelines apply.    

Daniel Buller, Executive Director for Crossroads Mission Avenue, is excited to be able to offer needed services in the Kearney community.  “Crossroads has been working to provide transitional living services to the Kearney community for around 10 years.  Thanks to the generosity of many individuals and Foundations, Crossroads has seen a vision come to life. We had promised transitional living service and now we have beautiful efficiency apartments open and available. We say thank you, and we praise God together for this next step in the ministry of Crossroads Mission Avenue.” 

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.

Need a food box?

Crossroads can help! If you are in need of a food box, call your local Crossroads Mission Avenue:

Hastings 402-462-6460

Grand island 308-675-1973

or Kearney 308-236-5688

3rd City Christian Church beautifies the GI shelter!

3rd City Christian Church came together to sponsor a work day to bless Crossroads Mission Avenue in Grand Island! One team met at the transitional housing site to tackle the yard work and to stain the deck. They left it looking AWESOME!

Another group worked at the mission, providing the materials and then installing a BEAUTIFUL new floor in the shelter dining room! PLUS there was a lawn crew at the shelter too!

And last but not least, another team worked at the Mission Avenue Thrift store, sorting purses & accessories, hard & soft toys, and shoes! They sorted 6,000 pounds of good, and recycled about 4,000 pounds, which are now ready to be sent across the world to be re-used and enjoyed by others! Many hands make light work, and Crossroads is praising God for the WONDERFUL helpers! 3rd City Christian Church is helping Crossroads Mission Avenue fulfill our mission to bring glory to God through the helping of others! THANK YOU 3rd City Christian Church!

Dawson Co Fairgrounds supports Mobile Food Pantry!

Crossroads Mission Avenue is grateful to Dawson County Fairgrounds for graciously allowing us to host the monthly Lexington Mobile Food Pantry at their location, and for letting us use their equipment to unload the pallets of food! The July 2022 distribution in partnership with Food Bank for the Heartland provided needed food supplies to over 300 families in Dawson County. THANK YOU Dawson County Fairgrounds for helping us help others and blessing your community!

CEI Security & Sound blesses Hastings Shelter!

CEI Security & Sound rescued our Hastings Crossroads shelter recently! The outdated Crossroads Mission Avenue security system hit a glitch, but thanks to Kevin Hansen and CEI Security & Sound, they were able to quickly provide some new security system equipment, and promptly got us up and running again! Thanks to our generous supporters, Crossroads has been able to provide services to 434 individuals with almost 14,000 nights of stay already in the first quarter of 2022.  This represents a nearly 40% increase in demand for our services over the first quarter of 2021.  That’s a LOT of people coming through our doors, making the security system an essential requirement at the shelter! It takes a community effort to keep everyone safe and protected, and this donation of security equipment will certainly help keep our guests and staff safe from outside threats, and provide necessary accountability inside as well. THANK YOU CEI Security & Sound for being a blessing to Hastings Crossroads Mission Avenue!

Healthy Blue promotes healthier communities through Crossroads Mission Avenue!

Healthy Blue has awarded Crossroads Mission Avenue a generous grant of $20,000, allowing Crossroads to increase services to individuals and families with food insecurities in Lexington and Kearney. Healthy Blue has a long history of impacting Nebraska families with their dedication to improving lives and promoting healthier communities. How appropriate that they chose to present this compassionate grant during our July Lexington Mobile Food Pantry! Over 300 families from Lexington and Dawson County received food boxes, providing essential staples to help them through the month! The monthly mobile pantry is provided through a Crossroads Mission Avenue partnership with Food Bank for the Heartland.

Crossroads has been serving in Central Nebraska for 39 years now, and in 2022 we are sadly seeing the needs of our neighbors increase dramatically. Housing costs and living expenses are rising rapidly, leaving more people facing food insecurities or worse, being driven into homeless shelters. Providing a nutritious meal meets a basic need that the homeless are not able to provide for themselves. Providing a food box, no questions asked, for our needy neighbors is meeting that basic need as well, bringing relief and hope to those who need it most. Crossroads seeks to benefit our Nebraska communities through expansion of our current food program and by increasing services to individuals with food insecurities. As a non-barrier provider, Crossroads realizes that removing all barriers allows every needy individual to receive food, so that no Nebraska resident goes hungry. Crossroads is grateful to be in a position to help those who need it, but it takes the support of our Nebraska communities to meet those needs. Healthy Blue has stepped up to help meet the basic needs of our neighbors, bringing better health to our communities! Thank you Healthy Blue for this generous grant, and for your ongoing support for those Nebraskans who need it most!

Healthy Blue staff help with the food distribution
Over 300 families received food boxes in this distribution
Food Bank for the Heartland volunteers

Hastings EFree blesses Crossroads Mission Avenue!

A hard-working group of volunteers from the Hastings Evangelical Free Church was a huge blessing to Crossroads Mission Avenue in June! About 20 children from their grade 3-5 VBS class came to Crossroads for a tour, as they learned about ways to bless their community. While at Crossroads, they made hygiene bags and prepared a meal for our guests! Thank you for coming to Crossroads and bringing glory to God as you blessed our guests!

Creating hygiene bags for the guests.

Taking a tour of the facility.

Making a yummy dessert for our guests.

Crossroads receives generous donation of beef!

A heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to Larry & Robin Koelling and Alan & Jeanette Koelling for their generous donation of 500 lbs of ground beef for the Grand Island Crossroads Mission Avenue shelter! The Grand Island Crossroads shelter served over 27,000 meals to our guests last year….and will serve even more this year as our shelter renovations have been completed, and our lovely kitchen is fully functional! Any individual in the community can receive a meal or a food box from Crossroads Mission Avenue – just call the shelter at 308-675-1973.

New Grand Island shelter kitchen
Meal Prep
It’s a BIG DAY at the Lodge!

It’s move-in day for The Lodge at Kearney Crossroads Mission Avenue! Russell’s is delivering appliances for the 15 efficiency-style apartments, and Slumberland Furniture is outfitting them with the furniture and furnishings! Individuals and families in Buffalo County will now have an affordable housing option! Thank you to Russell’s and Slumberland for working with Crossroads to provide quality furnishings and appliances for the apartments!

Kearney Tire & Auto blesses Crossroads!

Kearney Tire & Auto employee Ronda was reading her daily devotional one morning in March. And on that particular morning, the Lord impressed upon her to take action! That step of action led her to meet the critical needs of Kearney Crossroads Mission Avenue by purchasing and delivering paper products and canned goods! What a blessing to our shelter! In Ronda’s words, “What a pleasure and privilege to be able to help your mission in this way. Seeing the folks you are helping, providing them with shelter and sharing the Good News of Jesus warms my heart.” Thank you and God bless you Ronda and Kearney Tire & Auto for bringing glory to God through the helping of people!