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

Beginning in July, Crossroads Mission Avenue will be 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 will sponsor the next mobile pantry in Lexington on July 7th at the Dawson County Fairgrounds at 3pm!  The Dawson County Fairgrounds are located at 1000 Plum Creek Parkway in Lexington.  Food distribution will last from 3pm – 5pm, or until the supplies run out.  The food boxes are provided free of charge.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS:  If you are available to help us pass out food boxes on July 7th, call Jenna or Linda TODAY at 402-462-6460 for more info!  We 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: 

August 4, 2022 at 3pm

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.

Thank you for remembering Crossroads Mission Avenue during Go Big Give!

The Grand Island Go Big Give Day event was a wonderful success, and we are so grateful to everyone who supported Crossroads through it! Your gift is helping to 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 for remembering Crossroads during Give Hastings Day!

Daniel Buller, Executive Director at Crossroads Mission Avenue, wants you to know how important the Hastings Give Day event is to us each year:  Donations from Hastings Give Day always come at a critical time of year, as the extreme heat of the Nebraska summer brings many men, women, and families to Crossroads for assistance.  And now, with housing costs and living expenses rising rapidly, more and more people are being driven into homeless shelters – people who call Central Nebraska home but are now homeless!  Crossroads is serving a record number of individuals – sadly, more than we’ve seen in our 39 year history.  Thanks to your generosity, our guests are getting the help they need, finding work and getting back on their feet at the Mission!  

Thank you Hastings for your generous support of Crossroads Mission Avenue! Nearly $17,000 was raised to support our operations at the Hastings Crossroads shelter during Give Hastings Day 2022! That means that YOU helped keep the lights on and the mission cool during the hot summer months. That means that YOU helped provide a safe shelter for our guests. That means that YOU helped put gas in our vehicles to transport our guests to their job interviews and Doctor appointments. Thank you Hastings for helping us help others!

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!

Faith Lutheran Church provides a Potluck!

Faith Lutheran Church provided a potluck dinner for our guests at Hastings Crossroads Mission Avenue. The food was delicious and a wonderful time was had by all! Thank you so much for sharing your food and time with us!

Kohl’s helps out!

Employees from Kearney Kohl’s came to help us out by sorting and hanging clothing at Mission Avenue Thrift! Thanks for your help! Crossroads Mission Avenue and Mission Avenue Thrift are always looking for volunteers to help. If you can donate some time, go to our Volunteer webpage for instructions!

UNK Students bless Kearney Crossroads!

UNK Students worked very hard at Kearney Crossroads Mission Avenue during the Big Event, a student-led community service day! The students worked in the Mission Avenue Thrift Store, sorting and hanging clothing, which is a never-ending job for our staff! They also cleaned throughout the campus, shining up the emergency shelter and preparing the new transitional housing for the occupants who will be moving in very soon! We are SOOOO grateful for your help!!

Crossroads Guest Receives First Spirit of Kindness Certificate in Grand Island!

Congratulations to Robert Hanby on being awarded the first Spirit of Kindness Certificate in Grand Island! Thank you for volunteering your time and being a role model for others! You always bring a smile and a laugh to those around you!

Crossroads Mission Avenue Executive Director Daniel Buller shares, “Robert has been a tremendous man to have around the mission and the store. He is someone who does not let the circumstances of his life get him down – in fact, just the opposite. Not only has he excelled in the program to better his own life, but he reaches out to the other men at the mission and to the community to make other peoples lives better. At the mission he serves other men by caring for and tending to their needs. He has worked to help make sure that men have a safe, secure, drug and alcohol free facility to get well and off of the streets. He has done this by working hard and volunteering his time and attention to come alongside staff. He has also given up to 8 hours a day volunteer work (nothing that was required of him) to help build the Thrift Store and daily works hard to make it better. Robert is helping to sustain a Mission that will serve hundreds of homeless men in the city of Grand Island this year. Robert has become a face that the public expects to see at the Grand Island Mission Avenue Thrift Store, and they seek him out because he always makes people laugh and smile. Robert is an inspiration to many, showing that we can all make a difference. He deserves this kindness award!”  

The Kindness Revolution is a national initiative with the mission to raise the awareness of kindness in our communities and schools. Find out more about The Kindness Revolution – Grand Island, NE, Led by Magiera & Associates on their Facebook page.