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Local Mission Opportunities


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Local Mission Opportunities


Homelessness and Housing - Food and Clothing - Immigration and Refugee Advocacy - Elder Care and Prison Ministry

Homelessness and Housing

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

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.

Connections Ministry Emergency Shelter

Crossview is partnering with Connections Ministry for the third year in a row to help provide emergency shelter for individuals in our community that are homeless. The shelter is no longer rotating between churches this year and will instead be housed at Covenant Family Church from Oct. 14-May 25. Crossview will provide volunteers to help with meals and hospitality for five of the 32 weeks they are open: Nov.25-Dec.2, Dec.30-Jan.6, Feb.3-10, Mar.16-23 and Apr.27-May4. This is a great opportunity to serve with your family, your small group or as an individual. If you would like to volunteer please plan to attend a training session on November 17. 

Volunteers are needed for:

  • Meal Team: 3-10 volunteers. Provide, serve, and clean up a meal for 25 shelter guests and 5-10 volunteers for a total of 30-35 people. This is a great opportunity to serve with your small group.

  • Hospitality Team: 3-8 volunteers. Welcome guests, help them to get settled in, eat & socialize with guests.

  • Morning Team: 2-3 volunteers. Make coffee, wake-up guests, assist in morning routines and say good-bye to the guests.

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 without the help of amazing volunteers. To learn more click here.

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Food and Clothing


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Food and Clothing


Homelessness and Housing - Food and Clothing - Immigration and Refugee Advocacy - Elder Care and Prison Ministry

Food and Clothing

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

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 and 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.

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Immigration and Refugee Advocacy


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Immigration and Refugee Advocacy


Homelessness and Housing - Food and Clothing - Immigration and Refugee Advocacy - Elder Care and Prison Ministry

Immigration and Refugee Advocacy

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

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 a classroom setting.

South Sudanese Church at Crossview

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

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Elder Care and Prison Ministry


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Elder Care and Prison Ministry


Homelessness and Housing - Food and Clothing - Immigration and Refugee Advocacy - Elder Care and Prison Ministry

Elder Care and Prison Ministry

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

The yellow Line project

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

Volunteer with Gentle shepherd Ministries

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

Volunteer with Broken Chains Fellowship

Volunteer with this jail and re-entry ministry.