Emergency Services-Housing, Food, Money - Community Organizations

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211 Information and Referral


Area 10 Agency on Aging administers 2-1-1 Infolink, in partnership with the United Way of Monroe County and Smithville Telephone. This local 2-1-1 call center maintains a comprehensive database of community resources serving Monroe and Owen counties. Dial 2-1-1 for information about community resources that offer assistance with: Food, Clothing, and Shelter, Affordable Housing Employment, Emergency Financial Assistance Childcare Health and mental health care, including substance abuse services Legal Issues.

To speak to a Community Navigator by phone, dial 2-1-1 or 866-211-9966. A texting option is available as well. Hoosiers can text their zip code to 898-211 during the hours of 8 AM–5 PM EST, Monday through Friday, and communicate with a Community Navigator directly via text.

ContactLiz Jones (Manager)
ljones [at] area10agency.org
Additional Contact812-876-3383 ext.
Year Established2010
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American Red Cross, Southeast Chapter

Address1600 West Third
Bloomington, IN 47408

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Since 1917, the Monroe County Chapter of the American Red Cross has provided disaster relief, services to Armed Forces, emergency preparedness and lifesaving programs to Bloomington and the surrounding communities. Today we serve residents in both Monroe and neighboring Owen County 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

This congressionally-mandated service not only applies to major national tragedies but also to single-family incidents, generally fire, flood or tornadoes. Typically Red Cross responds by purchasing food, new clothing and providing shelter for families to help meet immediate emergency needs.

Blood Services-You can help the Monroe County Red Cross save lives by becoming a blood donor.

To find out where you can donate, visit Give Blood or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE



ContactRod Cook (Executive Director)
redcross [at] monroe-redcross.org
Additional ContactFax: 812-332-2447
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
Community Organizations Subjects

Bloomington Catholic Worker/Christian Radical

Address821 N. Blair Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47404

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The Bloomington Catholic Worker is a community in the tradition of the Catholic Worker movement. The Catholic Worker movement lives the vision of Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, who believed that a peaceable revolution would result if people imitated Jesus Christ's nonviolence, voluntary poverty, and radical hospitality. The BCW/CR is an ecumenical Christian intentional community that tries to live, pray and work both with each other and with the poor we encounter.


The BCW/CR is completely autonomous and has no institutional connection to the Roman Catholic Church. We try to offer housing, food, clothing and love to people facing homelessness. We perform the works of mercy and nonviolently oppose the works of war. We strive to practice the Sermon on the Mount, community living, voluntary poverty, personalism, and care for the environment.


We host a potluck every Thursday evening from 5:30 - 7:30 pm that is open to all who may be interested in our mission or in need of a meal. You may also call to make arrangements to join us for dinner any other night of the week.

Contactlertmer [at] gmail.com
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Bloomington Meals on Wheels

Bloomingon, IN 47402

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Founded in 1973, our program provides nuntritious meals to homebound people who are unable to cook for themselves. We ensure that our clients receive two good meals a day delivered by a friendly visitor. Any person who lives in our Bloomington service area is eligible for Meals on Wheels. We have no age or economic restrictions.

ContactCarrie McHaley
blm-mow [at] iuhealth.org
Year Established1973
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Community Kitchen of Monroe County, Inc

Address1515 S. Rogers Street
PO Box 3286
Bloomington, IN 47403
Additional AddressExpress:
1100 W 11th St
Bloomington, IN 47404

501(c)3 Hunger Relief agency providing free meals to anyone in need from two locations, from 4-6 pm, M-Sat, and outreach programs to the community's most vulnerable: children, older adults, and the chronically ill.

ContactVicki Pierce (Executive Director)
director [at] monroecommunitykitchen.com
Year Established1983
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
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Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) - Monroe County

AddressMonroe County Division of Family Resources
1711 N College Avenue, Suite 101
Bloomington, IN 47404

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The Monroe County Division of Family and Children Division of Family Resources: receives applications and approves eligibility for Medicaid, Food Stamps, cash assistance via Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and childcare.

Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning: Administers Medicaid programs including the managed care system for Hoosier Healthwise participants. Performs medical review of Medicaid disability claims.

Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services: Manages the delivery of services to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Oversees the First Steps rehabilitation program for children from birth to age three.

Division of Mental Health and Addiction: Support network of mental health care providers.

Additional Contact1-800-403-0864
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Hoosier Hills Food Bank

Address2333 W. Industrial Drive
Bloomington, IN 47402
Additional AddressP.O.Box 697
Bloomington, IN 47402

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Hoosier Hills Food Bank collects, stores, and distributes nutritious food products to non-profit organizations, which provide free feeding programs that serve both ill and needy families and individuals in Monroe, Martin, Owen, Orange, Brown, and Lawrence Counties in Central Indiana.

ContactJulio Alonso (Executive Director)
hhfb [at] hhfoodbank.org
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Middle Way House, Inc: Support Services for Survivors

Address338 S Washington St
Bloomington, IN 47401
Additional AddressP.O. Box 95
Bloomington, IN 47402

Since 1971, Middle Way House has been providing services to people in crisis. Today, we provide supportive and empowering services for survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking.

Our main office in Bloomington offers the following services:

  • Emergency shelter
  • Confidential 24/7 help & crisis line, (812) 336-0846
  • On-scene advocacy
  • Transitional and permanent housing solutions
  • Legal advocacy
  • Support groups
  • Personal advocacy
  • Safety Planning
  • Childcare and youth programs
  • Community Education Programs & Presentations

Middle Way House serves six counties in southern Indiana (Monroe, Greene, Lawrence, Owen, Morgan, and Martin) and relies on a staff of 70 and a committed volunteer force to provide services. It is not necessary that an individual reside in our emergency shelter or transitional housing program to access most of our services. We have Outreach Offices located in Greene, Martin, and Owen counties and the services offered include:

  • Legal Advocacy
  • Personal Advocacy
  • Case Management
  • Mobile Advocacy
  • Walk-ins
  • Survivor Support Service
  • Safety Planning
  • Community Education Programs & Presentations

The following is the contact information for our three County Outreach Offices:
Greene County Outreach Office
87 East Spring Street
Bloomfield, IN 47424
(812) 384-8769 (Office)


Martin County Outreach Office
2666 US Highway 50 Room 101
Loogootee, IN 47553
(Located in the Martin County Community Learning Center)
(812) 295-2993 (Office)


Owen County Outreach Office
911 W Hillside
Spencer, IN 47460
(Located in Head Start Building)
(812) 829-1660 (Office)
(812) 829-4580 (FAX)


Domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking affects individuals in every community.
We believe, support, and affirm the identities of ALL survivors.


If you or someone you know is experiencing violence and are in need of help or support, call us on our confidential 24/7 Help & Crisis Line, Linea de Ayuda, (812) 336-0846, or contact us on our confidential Help & Crisis Live Chat at https://www.resourceconnect.com/mwh/chat.

ContactAdministrative line:
Additional Contact24 Hour Crisis Hotline:
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
Community Organizations Subjects

Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM)- Emergency Services Program

Address827 W. 14th Ct.
Bloomington, IN 47404



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Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM) is a nurturing organization serving working families and those in distress by assisting with emergency needs and subsidized childcare. They provide quality education and a safe place for children, basic needs assistance for the poor, and community service opportunities.

ContactErin Predmore (Executive Director)
mcum [at] bloomington.in.us
Year Established1939
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
Community Organizations Subjects

Mother Hubbard's Cupboard

Address1100 W. Allen St.
Bloomington, IN 47403

Mother Hubbard's Cupboard (The Hub) is a local community food resource center providing a low-barrier and client choice food pantry and education programming, with additional programming for children. The Hub does not require income verification or proof of residency in Monroe County to use the food pantry or attend any of our programming. Anyone is welcome to use our services and programming. The Hub's pantry is open Tuesday-Thursday 12-6 pm. The pantry is set up like a grocery store where patrons can come and choose what they want and however much they want for their household. There are no quantity limits on any item nor are there limits on how many days a week patrons can visit. All people are required to wear masks inside the building. Picking up boxes without coming inside to shop is also available. There are volunteer opportunities in both the food pantry and garden spaces.

To contact us, please visit our website: www.mhcfoodpantry.org.


Contactmhc [at] mhcfoodpantry.org
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
Community Organizations Subjects

Society of St. Vincent De Paul

Address1413 E 17th St
Bloomington, IN 47408

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They provide community resource information and limited financial help. Also, they collect and distribute donated furniture and appliances to those in need through a voucher system.


St. Vincent de Paul is Catholic led, but is open to all who wish to serve Christ by serving others. In Bloomington, they currently have volunteers from the three local Catholic parishes, St. Charles, St. John's and St. Pauls as well as from St. Thomas Lutheran Church and others.

Contactinfo [at] bloomingtonsvdp.org
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
Community Organizations Subjects

Stepping Stones, Inc. (A Program of Centerstone)

AddressP.O. Box 1366
Bloomington, IN 47402

The mission of Stepping Stones is to provide a supportive community where young people experiencing homelessness can develop skills to live independently. Stepping Stones is a non-profit, independent organization that offers transitional housing for young people 16-20 years old who are experiencing homelessness.

ContactAlysia Fornal (Executive Director)
info [at] steppingstones-inc.org
Additional Contactwwade [at] steppingstones-inc.org
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
Community Organizations Subjects

United Way of Monroe County

Address441 S. College Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47403

The mission of the United Way of Monroe County is to improve people's lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. The organization addresses critical needs today and works to reduce those needs tomorrow.

The United Way of Monroe County offers tax assistance

ContactEfrat Feferman (Executive Director)
info [at] monroeunitedway.org
Additional ContactJennifer Hottell (Community Engagement Director)
Year Established1956
Community Organizations Subjects