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!
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 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!
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.
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.
Last fall, when the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) awarded Crossroads Mission Avenue a grant to purchase 10 additional Win Bins, we knew that we needed to upgrade and update our bin wraps and Grand Island Copy Cat Printing was there to help us out! Copy Cat not only provided a fresh, new design, but also helped sponsor the cost of the wraps! Click here to find a Win Bin location near you! Keep checking back to find more Win Bin locations – we will update the listings as we place the Win Bins in convenient locations in the Hastings, Kearney and Grand Island communities! Thank you Grand Island Copy Cat for helping us help others!
Thank you to Karen Decker and Troop 8937 for their generous donation of Girl Scout cookies for our guests at Crossroads Mission Avenue! Everyone loves Girl Scout Cookies, including us! Thank you so very much for sharing!
Kearney Crossroads Mission Avenue received a $2500 grant towards an update to our current security system. Since opening in 2012, Crossroads has served over 2,400 individuals in Kearney, and that’s a lot of people coming through our doors! Offering a safe shelter to the needy is meeting a basic need that the homeless are not able to provide for themselves. Our mission is to bring glory to God through the helping of people, and it definitely takes the whole community working together to help the homeless and needy in Buffalo County. Thank you Great Western Bank!!
Brandon Summers wrote a great article in the Grand Island Independent, explaining the expansion that Crossroads Mission Avenue is planning for the Grand Island shelter. The need is great, and the Grand Island community is responding with support allowing which is helping us help others! Thank you Hall County!