News

SOUP-er Heroes at Faith Christian School!

Faith Christian School crushed their goal of collecting 100 cans of soup, and were able to donate 135 cans of soup to Crossroads Mission Avenue in Kearney! They wanted to provide warm meals for families in need this winter, and their donation will certainly help! Thank you for caring for the homeless and needy in Kearney!

Big News! GI Thrift is NOW OPEN!

Preparations at our Grand Island Thrift Store are completed! The wait is finally over, and the Grand Island Thrift Store is now open! Donations may be brought to the Mission Avenue Thrift store at 2843 Old Potash Hwy, Monday – Friday between 9am – 5pm. Come see us – we’ll make you a great deal!

Prayer changes things!

Thank you to the First United Methodist Church of Kearney for their donation of prayer shawls for the Kearney Crossroads Mission Avenue guests! The Kearney Area Community Foundation wrote a wonderful article about the donation. Our guests were excited to receive such a personal and meaningful gift!

Warm feet are a blessing!

Thank you to Tradehome Shoes for donating 400 pair of socks to the Kearney shelter! WOW, that’s a lot of socks! Kearney Crossroads Mission Avenue served 365 guests in 2020, and even more in 2021! This donation provides an essential piece of clothing for our guests and will be greatly appreciated!

OOOOO just smell the coffee!

Our Grand Island shelter was thrilled to receive a generous donation of coffee from Zabuni Specialty Coffee! How wonderful to wake up to the smell of fresh coffee! Thank you for your donation!

Stuehrenberg Insurance Agency blesses Crossroads guests!

Thank you to Stuehrenberg Insurance Agency for donating six turkeys to Crossroads Mission Avenue! As the shelters prepare to host our guests and our communities for a bountiful Thanksgiving meal, this food donation helps us prepare and will bless many needy people! Thank you for blessing our neighbors in need!

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!

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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!