Our History

1983
Crossroads Center is started by First Baptist Church in Hastings as a Soup Kitchen with one sleeping bed. Hot meals are provided by church members.
Crossroads Center becomes a private corporation and expands to meet the needs of more people, with a 33-bed capacity.
1986
2005
Crossroads Center moves into new facility that accommodates 85 guests.
Guests exceed our capacity in December, prompting an expansion of new wing.
2009
2010
Average stay of guests exceeds 60 days for the first time. Record number of 596 guests stay at Crossroads, including 88 adults and 109 children in families.
Crossroads expands its mission and vision to the Kearney campus.
2011
2012
Opened our doors in Kearney 2/1/12 to serve 27 individuals.
January 2013: Increased capacity in Kearney to serve 42 individuals.
2013
2017
Phase 2: Feb 9 Banquet: Kearney Thrift Store Ground Breaking announced. December: Grand Opening Mission Avenue Thrift, Kearney. December 15: FHLB $750,000 Grant Awarded for Kearney Transitional Housing Project. Record number of 726 guests stay at Crossroads Center, with an average of 135 guests per day. Average length of stay is 68 days.
Feb 8: Purchase of Just for Ladies property and business, expanding Kearney campus to 5 Acres.
2018
2018
A shelter and transitional housing are opened in Grand Island, providing services to 25 homeless men at a time
A NET Grant from Nebraska Recycling Council provides an electric forklift to enhance the baling and recycling program at Crossroads
2019
2020
Crossroads’ recycle program continues to grow! Another NET Grant from Nebraska Recycling Council provides 10 additional Win Bins for Kearney, Grand Island and Hastings
The initial 5 beds of women’s transitional living in coordination with the State of Nebraska Probation Office are opened on the Kearney campus
2021
2021
Renovations to the Crossroads Grand Island shelter increase capacity to 40 beds
Grand Island Mission Avenue Thrift opens, serving Hall County residents, providing needed job training for Crossroads’ guests, and support for the homeless ministry of Crossroads
2022
2022
The Lodge Apartments open, providing 15 transitional housing apartments on the Kearney Crossroads campus with affordable housing for men, women and families in Buffalo County
Crossroads Mission Avenue begins serving the needs of Dawson County by partnering with Food Bank for the Heartland to provide a mobile food pantry for Lexington residents
2022