The downtown area, especially around 8th & Messanie, has long been a “food desert” and an area that many of the homeless in our city frequently gather. From there, East to 22nd st. is where most of those living in poverty reside. With the closing of 2 grocery stores, one at 22nd and Frederick and one at 22nd and Mitchell, those in our area are even more “food insecure” and end up shopping for food at convenience stores.
We are looking to alleviate some of that shortage and improve the quality and variety of food available by opening a Nutrition Center in The Crossing Urban Missions Campus. The Center, will be more than a typical pantry, we will involve clients in some of the operations of this facility as we do with our greenhouse and other “cottage industries” on campus. We will also provide food nutrition classes using more fruits and vegetables. We will also have various toiletry, hygiene items available. The overall goal of this project is the same of the rest of the campus; to work side by side with our clients through a mentoring process that encourages them to develop healthier lifestyles and choices that will raise them up out of poverty, homelessness and or addiction.
Attached are some of the renovation and start up costs to convert and open that space. We have enlisted the services of River bluff architects to assess those costs and develop a floor plan, which is also attached. Second Harvest is partnering with The Crossing to help ensure a quality food supply and the most effective operations possible.
Our goal as a Urban Missions Campus is to enlist and engage other churches, businesses and families to collectively minister “to the least of these” in our community. When Jesus asked the question, in Matt. 25:31-46, where were you when I was hungry? It was not a rhetorical question.
Thank you for considering joining us to alleviate the shortage of healthy, fresh food in this area.
Founder, Pastor and Executive Director, The Crossing Outreach
The Open Door Food Kitchen is moving from its current location to a new facility on S. 8th Street. The Food Kitchen has been a community staple for 33 years and serves upwards of 175 people daily. Roughly 80% of these individuals have jobs but do not earn a livable wage. They are the working poor in our community but at least they and their family can have at least one decent meal a day. The Food Kitchen operates purely on donations and volunteers and does not receive any government assistance.
The estimated cost for the building is $700,000. Presently, a group of volunteers has raised close to $560,000. Donations can be made directly to the Open Door Food Kitchen.
The Crossing is a Faith based Outreach that provides a foundation for Veterans, ex-offenders and persons experiencing homelessness in the down town St. Joseph area, meeting their basic physical and spiritual needs through community collaboration, strategic partnerships and resource allocation. By providing access to food, shelter, vocational guidance and assistance resources, we aim to enrich our community by empowering individuals toward a self-sustaining path.
The Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri is our fiscal agent. We have a Board of Directors, Strategic Plan and By-Laws in place.
Our Support comes from tithes and offerings of the Crossing Church, individual contributions and a few local churches. We are creating a volunteer organization that will help minimize the need for paid staff. Our goal is for The Crossing to be somewhat self-sufficient through operating Cottage Industry projects such as making Rag Rugs by hand on vintage looms, painting recycled tires for flower planters and yard art. Both of these projects are off to a great start!
This additional funding will allow us to expand our marketing reach, provide basic operating costs (until sales of products cover costs), remodel our building, purchase tools and machinery needed to launch our third cottage industry project; converting used shipping pallets into furniture.
To give to this request, go to the Give to a Fund tab on this website and select the donate button under Field of Interest Funds. Please specify The Crossing in the space provided.
Church Turns Rags to Riches with Help From Volunteers