Crossroads Homeless Center

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.

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10 responses to “Crossroads Homeless Center

  1. Shelena

    I learned that just because a person is homeless doesn’t mean they look like a bum. There are just regular family’s that simply need a place to stay and financial aid. The shelter in Kearney holds 64 people and a couple more. In Hastings, they hold over a hundred. In Kearney they are trying to expand. It is a helpful organization.

  2. Addy Hand

    I learned that Crossroads is run of off donations and volunteers. As a high school kid I would be able to volunteer. I think this is a great oppurtunity and I defiantly want to help out! You could donate clothes, food, money, etc. anything helps! I also learned that they have a plan that people can go through to get a job and save up money. Most people that live at crossroads don’t look like homeless people they look normal. They just can’t afford housing. Most families that live here stay for an average of one year.

  3. Calli

    I learned a lot about Crossroads and volunteering. I think it’d be cool to volunteer with the young children there, because I like to work with children. Homeless people are not all like you’d picture them. They look just like everybody else, not like movies portray them. Crossroads helps many different type of people, from single mother, whole families, and just single people. They work with other places like Richard Young and the police to help them with people who have disorders. Overall I think that what they do is great, I was surprised to learn that we even had a homeless shelter in Kearney.

  4. Maddie

    I learned a lot about Crossroads and non-profits in general from Ashley. I actually didn’t know that there was a Crossroads in Kearney. One thing that I didn’t realize was when Ashley talked about that homeless people don’t really look like the ones you see on T.V. Most of them look like regular people. I think that it was neat how they have a program that helps the people at their shelter get back on their feet. Sometime in I future I’m hoping to help volunteer at the shelter. I think it would be a fun experience as well as a learning experience.

  5. Caleb

    1. Homeless people don’t actually look like they are portrayed in movies.
    2. Many homeless people have mental illnesses such as schizophrenia.
    3. If they take their medicine you can’t tell they have a mental illness.
    4. They work with Richard Young and the police.
    5. You can come up with an activity and bring it to the shelter.

  6. Devin

    The speaker taught us all many things such as…
    1. The homeless do not always look homeless
    2. Homeless shelters are usually a safe place
    3. Crossroads works with Richard young and the police
    4. They also take in battered women and children and also sometimes men
    5. The Kearny location has beds for 44 people but can hold many more

  7. Nickolas

    I learned that Crossroads is run of off donations and volunteers. As a high school kid I would be able to volunteer. I think this is a great oppurtunity and I defiantly want to help out! You could donate clothes, food, money, etc. anything helps! I also learned that they have a plan that people can go through to get a job and save up money.

  8. I have learned that nonprofit organization have multiple purposes. Crossroad had provide homes and practices for people to get back on their feet. They help build people’s resume so that they could find a job. They rent apartments to the homeless so they could maintain how they spend their cash. They find guest by asking others if they see someone in need of shelter. They first started out as a soup kitchen, but then expanded to Kearney. They have 450 volunteer hours which means they gain lots of help from volunteers. Some of those volunteers include college students because of school projects or enjoy helping others.

  9. I wasn’t in class the day the presenter spoke about Crossroads Homeless Center, but I looked at their website and found a lot of information. The Crossroads Center began in 1983 at a the First Baptist Church in Hastings, and ever since then it has been devoted to helping people in need restart their lives. Ninety-nine percent of crossroad’s funding is from individuals, churches, fundraisers, private grants, and local businesses. The center provides free food, shelter and clothing to their guests while they go through the four-phrase program. The average length a guest stays at the center is 40 days. The crossroads center has changed many people’s lives. I read some of the stories from individuals who have benefited from the program, and the center truly seems like an amazing organization.

  10. Gabbie

    I learned that Crossroads Homeless Center is very helpful towards others. They provide shelter for those who do not have homes. They help the people get jobs and stuff. You can donate clothes/food/money/anything to help out the homeless. Crossroads currently has 64 people, and people on wait. They are mostly helpful, and anyone could help!

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