Homelessness & Housing

Homelessness & Housing

A loss of a job, mental or physical illness, a crisis, and bad choice willingly or not can all snowball and lead to a housing crisis for any individual and family.  Regardless of the reason being homeless is never a good thing.  With nearly 25% of the population of Mankato living under the poverty line, plus high rent costs means more and more people in our city struggle to find affordable housing.  But it doesn’t have to stay that way.  Here are some tangible ways to help now and to also look into the future to how can we prevent this.


Emergency Shelter At Crossview

Crossview will be hosting an emergency shelter for up to 25 individuals (men, women and children) 3 to 4 times in October-April.  This is in partnership with Connection Ministries.

Volunteers are needed for:

  • Set up Team
    • 2-3 volunteers (6-7pm)
    • Set-up rooms with cots and blankets
    • Guests arrive around 7:30pm
    • Might be once or several times during the week we host
  • Meal Team
    • 2 or more volunteers (6-9:30pm)
    • Provides the snacks or simple meal. Snack providers: it is possible that snacks/meals could be dropped off at church ahead of time.
    • Serves food as guests arrive
    • Cleans up food and trash
    • Volunteers may do it every night or for a few days or the whole week.
  • Hospitality Team
    • 3-8 volunteers (7-9:30pm)
    • Issue cots and bedding
    • Assign and directs guests to their spaces
    • Provides an evening activity (games, craft, books, movie, etc.)
    • Keeps building secure
    • “Passes the baton” to shelter staff at 9:30pm
  • Overnight Hosts
    • 1-2 volunteers (9:30pm-6am---shifts can be split)
    • Assist with building and guest needs,
    • Work with Connections Shelter staff to supervise guests: there must be at least one volunteer on site with the staff person at all times.
    • These volunteers should not expect to sleep, as they will conduct a facilities check every 45 min-1 hour throughout the night
  • Morning Team
    • 2-3 volunteers (6am-8:30am)
    • Direct guests in how to clean up (wipe down cots, clean up space): this should be done every morning after guests leave about 7:30 a.m.
  • Welcome Bags
    • We want our guest to feel welcome.  Therefore, we are making bags which can be placed on their pillow.
  • Laundry
    • Volunteers will take used bedding to the laundromat as needed, or at the end of the week, then returned for storage until the next time Crossview hosts.

Learn more about Partners for Affordable Housing

Partners for Affordable Housing provides shelter for homeless families and individuals, and helps them to secure economically viable long-term housing. It would not be possible to do what we do without the help of our amazing volunteers. To learn more click here.

For more information about serving in our community contact: Local Mission Coordinator Tara Rustad.

Food & Clothing

Food & Clothing

Volunteer with P.A.C.T. Ministries

    P.A.C.T. (People and Christ Together) Ministries started by individuals from Crossview in the 1990s. PACT has two goals: providing food and clothing for people in need. They accomplish those goals by:

    1. The Neighborhood Thrift Store, which operates a retail space.  Earnings from The Neighborhood Thrift Store are then used to feed those in need at Food for All.
    2. Food for All is the food distribution which happens on the second Saturday of every month, which serves about 150 individuals.  Food for All complements other food shelves in the area by providing mainly fresh fruits and vegetables.

    Volunteering at The Neighborhood Thrift Store or at Food for All both help give people clothing and healthy, wholesome food. Any help or financial gift makes this happen. 

    Volunteer with The Salvation Army

    Join one of Crossview's five teams that prepare and serve lunch at The Salvation Army throughout the year.

    Volunteer at Holy Grounds

    Holy Grounds is a breakfast served at Centenary United Methodist Church in downtown Mankato.  Holy Grounds provides breakfast, basic supplies, and community connectors who help people find the resources they need.  Volunteers prepare or help serve a meal.






    For more information about serving in our community contact: Local Mission Coordinator Tara Rustad.



    Immigration & Refugee Advocacy

    Immigration & Refugee Advocacy

    Imagine living in a foreign country. The culture is different, the food is different, and the language is different. Simple tasks like filling out a normal form for your child to go to school can be daunting and nearly impossible. “Simple” tasks that natives find easy become difficult tasks for immigrants. Being an immigrant or refugee isn’t easy, and figuring out life in a foreign country alone is even harder, but it doesn’t have to be. Having a native walk with you and talk you through those “simple” tasks can make living in a different country enjoyable and even life-giving. God said to His people in Exodus 22:21 “...Remember, you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.” Here are some tangible ways to help immigrants in our community:

    Lincoln Community Center

    Help adults learn English by assisting in Clarice Esslinger's class.

    South Sudanese Church at Crossview

    Attend a Sunday afternoon worship service with the South Sudanese Congregation that meets in our church.

    For more information about serving in our community contact: Local Mission Coordinator Tara Rustad.

    Elder Care & Prison Ministry

    Elder Care & Prison Ministry

    The yellow Line project

    Provide spiritual discipleship for individuals working on a jail diversion plan. To learn more click here.

    Go:Serve Event (Saturday, Nov 10 8:45am)

    Attend a Go:Serve large group service learning experience that is intergenerational and family friendly.  This year Crossview will be participating in Rake the Town with VINE Faith in Action in November.  We will be assisting aging adults and people with physical disabilities with their fall raking.  Sign up by clicking the black box above.

    Where:  Meet at Crossview

    Lunch provided at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church

    Volunteer with Gentle shepherd Ministries 

    Visit with nursing home residents, help them attend church services.

    Volunteer with Broken Chains Fellowship 

    Jail and reentry ministry.