Students at Lexington and Pleasanton High School in Mr. Bednar’s Entrepreneurship Class discussed the Crossroads Homeless Center as a nonprofit business. Ashley, Volunteer Coordinator, shared how the organization relies on donations and volunteers.
Crossroads Center was started in 1983 by First Baptist Church in Hastings as a Soup Kitchen with one sleeping bed. Hot meals were provided by church members. The Center became a private corporation and expanded to meet the needs of
more people, with a 33-bed capacity. In 2005, the Center moves into new facility that accommodated 85 guests. In 2009 guests exceed our capacity in December, prompting an expansion of new wing. In 2010, the average stay of guests exceeded 60 days for the first time. in 2010, a record number of 596 guests
stayed at Crossroads, including 88 adults and 109 children in families.
Crossroads Center expanded its location to the Kearney campus in 2011
Students are asked to ‘leave a comment’ regarding what they learned from the Crossroads Center presentation. The comment should include at least five ideas, whether it be recruitment, marketing, volunteers, volunteer hours, donations, training opportunities for guests, variations in guests at Crossroads, and/or future goals.