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

Our sincere thanks go out to the sponsors who 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

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!

Brighter smiles in Hastings thanks to Central Community College Dental Hygiene Program!

We definitely will have brighter smiles here at the Hastings Shelter, after a large donation of toothpaste to Crossroads Mission Avenue by the Central Community College Dental Hygiene Program! Crossroads served 430 guests on our Hastings campus throughout 2020, so hygiene items like toothpaste are always needed! Thank you Central Community College for meeting a critical need for our homeless guests!

A slew of supplies from Casey’s!

A huge shout out to our friends at Casey’s for their ongoing support of Crossroads Mission Avenue! The 607 W 39th Street location recently blessed our Kearney Shelter with a slew of supplies – paper towels, toilet paper, sandwich bags, trash bags, hand & foot warmers, plastic cutlery, napkins…..WOW! These items are often on our list of critically needed supplies. Thank you so much, Casey’s, for caring for the homeless and needy in Buffalo County!

Centenary United Methodist Church blesses Crossroads!

Centenary United Methodist Church brought a group to the Hastings Shelter recently, and they were ready to work! They spent a few days helping out in the Crossroads Thrift Store, sorting items for sale and recycle, which is a BIG job! We are so grateful for your help – thank you!!

It’s progress!!

Crossroads Mission Avenue’s transitional housing in Grand Island is getting a facelift! Thanks to a generous grant from FHLBank Topeka, partnering with Heritage Bank, our transitional housing is in the midst of some much-needed renovations.  The improvements will include: updated electric and plumbing; the addition of rooms and a bathroom in the basement; new flooring throughout; kitchen and bathroom upgrades; new windows, siding and roof.  Our transitional living facility will basically be a brand new place to serve men in Grand Island!  Check back for progress updates!

Gracias a nuestros clientes y voluntarios!
Crossroads Mission Avenue in Grand Island is blessed by Go Big Give 2021!

Thank you to all who supported their Grand Island community by donating to Crossroads Mission Avenue during Go Big Give 2021! Your gift will help provide emergency shelter for needy and homeless men in Hall County, including services such as a clean and safe shelter, hot meals, life skills classes, and case management. Our 4-Phase Recovery program helps guests gain employment, financial independence, stable housing and equips the men for successful living after their time at Crossroads. Offering a safe shelter to the needy is meeting a basic need that the homeless are not able to provide for themselves. Thank you Grand Island for helping us help others!

Thank you to Kearney Evangelical Free Church!

The Evangelical Free Church of Kearney has been a huge help to the Kearney Crossroads Mission Avenue shelter! They brought a large group of willing workers and assisted in the Thrift Store, where the constant stream of donations add up quickly! They also prepared and served a delicious lunch, and even cleaned up afterwards! And, amazingly, they put together 1200 hygiene bags to be used at the shelter over the summer months! What a blessing you’ve been to our guests and staff! Thank you so very much!

Thank you for your support during Hastings Give Day 2021!

Thank you Hastings for your generous support of Crossroads Mission Avenue during Give Day 2021! Almost $20,000 was raised to support our operations here at the Hastings Crossroads shelter. That means that YOU help keep the lights on and the mission cool during the hot summer months. That means that YOU help provide a clean room and bed for our guests. That means that YOU help put gas in our vehicles that transport our guests to their job interviews and Doctor appointments. Thank you Hastings for helping us help others!

Kearney Crossroads Mission Avenue opens Transitional Housing – The Lodge!

After a well-attended Open House on April 16th, The Lodge (a new transitional housing facility on the Kearney campus) is now accepting applications. The first five units are available, providing dormitory-style transitional living for women in coordination with the State of Nebraska Probation, Drug Court and Parole. Renovations will begin soon to provide efficiency apartments at the same location.

Since opening in Kearney on February 1, 2012, Crossroads has served over 2400 men, women and children in Buffalo County by providing more than 139,000 nights of stay for the needy. Completion of the nearly $3 million dollar project will provide transitional housing directly on the Kearney Crossroads Campus, allowing our guests to take the next step in their recovery while their supportive services are still close-by. The renovated building will include 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. Currently, five dormitory-style beds are available for women, with plans to expand this number to 16 in the future. Individuals coming out of their 4-Phase Recovery program, or those referred by another agency are eligible to apply for the transitional housing program.

Daniel Buller, Executive Director for Crossroads Mission Avenue, is excited to see the project coming to completion. “I heard once that Kearney is a ‘can do’ community, able to overcome great obstacles. The completion of this project and campus proves that statement to be true. We are so proud of the work that has been done by so many caring and ambitious people. We look forward to a joyous celebration of where God has brought the ministry in the last 9 years. Crossroads Mission Avenue in Kearney is a state of the art campus that will be an example to communities around the state and around the country, of how to truly care for the homeless, and offer programs and opportunities that will stop cycles of poverty. Kearney is leaps and bounds ahead of communities around the nation that are facing hardship and crisis because of poverty and the impact of so many homeless in their communities.”

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 our guests, and step by step Crossroads is there to help them in that process.

We invite you to take a look at The Lodge! Or check out the ribbon cutting with the Kearney Area Community Foundation here!

Jerry Bumgardner receives the NTC donation from Melinda Ryan
Nebraska Title Company shares with Kearney Crossroads!

Nebraska Title Company donated over $12,000 to local charities recently through their NTC CARES Charitable Giving Campaign, and Kearney Crossroads Mission Avenue was one of the chosen recipients! Thank you NTC and thank you to the Kearney community! Photo: Jerry Bumgardner receives NTC donation from Melinda Ryan.

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