Crossroads Mission Avenue was pleased to partner with Tri-City Street Rods during their Annual Auto Exhibition. The February 25 & 26 event marked a special occasion, as the car club celebrated their 50th Annual Auto Exhibition. To commemorate this special Anniversary, all vehicles in the exhibition were 50 years old and older. In honor of this noteworthy event and as a way to give back to the Hastings and Grand Island communities, Tri-City Street Rods donated all profits from the exhibition to Crossroads Mission Avenue, benefitting the ministry which brings help and hope to the homeless in Central Nebraska.
Daniel Buller, Executive Director of Crossroads Mission Avenue appreciates the efforts of Tri-City Street Rods in bringing visibility to the needs of the homeless through their partnership in this event. “One of our core values at Crossroads is involving the community in our work of homeless outreach in Central Nebraska. What a fun way to help celebrate 50 years for Tri-City Street Rods while helping provide vital services to Hastings and Grand Island. I’m extremely grateful and praising the Lord for such a unique blessing for Crossroads Mission Avenue.”
The financial support from this partnership is helping meet the needs of Nebraska families, as the economic demands continue to rise. Crossroads Mission Avenue has been serving the homeless in Central Nebraska for 40 years, with locations in Kearney, Grand Island, Hastings, and with a shelter expected soon in Lexington. In 2022, the ministry served 1,103 men, women and children in Central Nebraska by providing almost 65,000 nights of stay for the needy. In addition to providing emergency shelter services and transitional housing for the Nebraska communities, Crossroads also serves as a non-barrier food pantry, supplying food box assistance to any individual or family experiencing food insecurities. More than 2,000 community meals and over 3,700 food boxes were provided in the communities they serve throughout 2022. Crossroads provides comprehensive care in a nurturing environment, including services such as safe shelter, hot meals, life skills classes, and personalized case management to help their guests gain employment, financial independence and stable housing. These steps equip Crossroads guests for successful living after their time at the shelter and lead to homelessness prevention.
Founded in 1972 by Grand Island resident Ron Von Behren and Hastings resident Alton Jackson, the Tri-City Street Rods club has continued to grow and now has over 50 members. The annual auto exhibition has grown into the premier Central Nebraska automotive event drawing participants from Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, and South Dakota, as well as local Nebraska builders. Now in its 50th year the Tri-City Street Rods Auto Exhibition is the 2nd longest running event at Fonner Park.