Crossroads Mission in Kearney Constantly at Full Capacity; Proves Need for Shelter was Real


Crossroads Mission of Kearney started out as a controversial issue with many saying they felt the town didn't need the shelter. Now, nearly two and a half years later the facility remains at constant capacity.

It could be anything from an injury, a layoff, maybe even addiction or mental illness -- either way, homelessness is a reality in our communities and everyday at Crossroads is proof.

The faith based shelter houses 42 people at any given time; that includes men, women and children. Families are what the facility sees most.

The shelter helps house, feed, clothe and bathe anyone that comes through the doors.

Their daily meal hours are especially full, with more than 60 people per meal.

Officials say it's not something people like to talk about, but they are proof there's a constant need.

"There is a tremendous need for helping people out. We are full right now and we are trying our best if someone does call to try to help them find a place to stay for the evening," said site manager Dave Wojahn.

With a consistently packed house comes the need for outreach in the community, and officials say Kearney has stepped up.

The shelter survives off of local donations as well as community volunteers.

Many that work at Crossroads volunteer their time, whether it's helping prepare meals, clean up, or simply being there to play with the kids at the facility.

"Outreach to the Crossroads Mission has been tremendous and we can't be more thankful for Kearney and the surrounding area and how generous the people have been to the Crossroads Mission,” said Wojahn.

Crossroads feels they are unique since they don't want the facility to feel or look like an ordinary shelter.

The people aren't called homeless, but guests.

Many of the guests help during dinner hours or help keep the facility looking nice.

Officials say most aren't looking for handouts and want to contribute as much as possible.

The Kearney facility hopes to expand in the future, since the need for assistance isn't going anywhere.

Officials say they are glad that Kearney stepped up when they did and realized this was something the community needed, rather than turning a blind eye to the issue.