People Experiencing Homelessness - Community Organizations

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Bloomington Catholic Worker/Christian Radical

Address821 N. Blair Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47404
Description

 

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
812-339-4456
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Community Kitchen of Monroe County, Inc

Websitehttp://www.monroecommunitykitchen.com/
Address1515 South Rogers St.
PO Box 3286
Bloomington, IN 47403
Additional AddressExpress:
1100 W 11th St
Bloomington, IN 47404
Description

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
812-332-0999
Year Established1983
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
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Friend's Place Shelter (Formerly Martha's House)

Address919 S. Rogers Street
Bloomington, IN 47402
Additional AddressBloomington, IN
Description

 

Emergency Shelter that can house forty people – 28 men and 12 women. Clients can sleep, eat two meals a day, wash their clothes and take care of personal hygiene needs.

Clients can meet with case managers who can connect them to permanent housing, job skills training resources, employment opportunities and help them register for the Healthy Indiana Plan, Indiana’s Medicaid expansion.

And as a program of Shalom, Friend’s Place clients have access to the nonprofit’s services, and staff are supported by the nonprofit’s administration.

ContactJoe Linsky
812-332-1444
Incorporation StatusExempt
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Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County

Websitehttps://monroecountyhabitat.org
Address213 E. Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47408
Description

 

Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County promotes home ownership by building houses in partnership with families in need of adequate housing. Our mission is to build simple, decent homes for people in need with no interest, no profit.

Contacthabitat [at] MonroeCountyHabitat.org
812-331-4069
Year Established1988
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
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Housing and Urban Development/Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program

Address455 S Landmark Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47403
Description

 

The HUD_VASH Program provides permanent housing to homeless veterans through a partnership with the local housing authority.

ContactMaryjane McNabb, MSW, LCSW
maryjane.mcnabb [at] va.gov
812-336-5723
Additional Contact877-683-0865
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Interfaith Winter Shelter

Websitehttp://www.interfaithwintershelter.org/
AddressBloomington, IN
Description

The IWS operates as a "low barrier" shelter during the winter months. It was designed to offer a safe and warm place to sleep for men and women who - for whatever reason - have no other alternative but the streets. The primary criteria for admission into the shelter is respectful behavior, regardless of whether or not a guest is under the influence of alcohol or illegal substance. Experience has taught us incidents of inappropriate behavior are rare. Guests simply appreciate a warm place to sleep. Participating sites and volunteers agree to follow a set of guidelines that allow for the safety and well being of guests and volunteers alike, including no drugs, alcohol, or weapons on the premise.

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

Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM)- Emergency Services Program

Websitehttps://mcum.org
Address827 W. 14th Ct.
Bloomington, IN 47404
Description

 

 

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
812-339-3429
Year Established1939
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
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My Dog Is My Home

Websitehttps://www.mydogismyhome.org
AddressPO Box 864030
Ridgewood , NY
Description

 

My Dog is My Home is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the human-animal bond in circumstances of homelessness. Due to a general "no pets allowed" rule, homeless people are often faced with the choice of leaving their companion animals to seek shelter or staying with their companion animals on the streets. We don't believe this is an ultimatum anyone should have to face. 

OUR MISSION

To increase shelter and housing access for homeless people and animals who find a home in each other despite having little else.

 

OUR VISION

To establish a right to shelter and housing that recognizes companion animals as family.

 

OUR PHILOSOPHY

We believe in the dignity and worth of all animals--both human and non-human--and that every animal has the right to live with whom they choose, where they choose.

Contactchristine [at] mydogismyhome.org
Additional ContactChristine Kim
Year Established2017
Incorporation StatusExempt
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New Hope Family Shelter

Websitehttps://www.newhope4families.org/
AddressPO Box 154
Bloomington, IN 47402
Description

New Hope Family Shelter’s mission is to provide temporary shelter for homeless families in Bloomington and Monroe County and, in collaboration with other agencies, to help those families regain housing by addressing the problems that led to homelessness. The shelter provides accommodation for up to six families at a time for up to 90 days each while our case manager and director works with those families in daily contact and weekly conferences.

ContactElaine Guinn (Executive Director)
newhope [at] nhfsinc.org
812-334-9840
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
Community Organizations Subjects

ReStore - Habitat for Humanity

Websitehttps://monroecountyhabitat.org/restore/
Address2450 S. Henderson Street
Bloomington, IN 47401
Description

 

Habitat ReStore is a discount home improvement store with all proceeds from sales going to support the work of Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County. Individuals and businesses make donations of building materials, furniture, appliances, and other home improvement items which are sold to the public at a discount.

ContactSandi Clothier (Manager)
restore [at] MonroeCountyHabitat.org
812-331-2660
Year Established2004
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Safe Families For Children

Websitehttps://bloomington.safe-families.org
AddressP.O. Box 3174
Bloomington, IN 47402
Description

 Through Safe Families for Children, a parent can arrange for their child to stay with a screened, trained, and supervised volunteer family while they are in a crisis. Volunteer host families open up their homes to care for the child while the parent is connected with resources to get back on their feet. Loss of housing, hospitalization, unemployment, and lack of family support are among the many reasons parents decide to use Safe Families. The placing parent maintains full custody. We are committed to reuniting families as soon as possible.

Safe Families' objectives are to prevent child abuse and neglect, deflect children from entering the child welfare system, and support and stabilize families. This is accomplished through the extended family-like support of our host families.

ContactMeghan Garcia
mgarcia [at] safefamilies.net
Year Established2014
Incorporation StatusExempt
Community Organizations Subjects

Salvation Army

Websitehttps://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/bloomingtonin
Address111 N. Rogers St.
PO Box 2117
Bloomington, IN 47403
Additional AddressP.O. Box 2117
Bloomington, IN 47402
Description

 

 

Social Services: Monica Clemons- Director 812-336-4310 ext. 100

Thrift Store: 812-334-1366

Volunteering: Lt. Shannon Forney 812-336-4310 ext. 103

Pastor/Executive Director: Lt. Sharyn Tennyson 812-336-4310 ext. 101

The mission of The Salvation Army is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

ContactSharyn Tennyson (Lieutenant)
Sharyn_Tennyson [at] usc.salvationarmy.org
812-336-4310
Additional Contactn
Year Established1907
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
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Shalom Community Center

Websitehttp://shalomcommunitycenter.org/
Address620 S. Walnut
P.O. Box 451
Bloomington, IN 47402
Description

 

The Shalom Community Center is dedicated to relieving the plight of those experiencing homelessness and poverty in South Central Indiana. Since access to food, housing, education, and health and human services are fundamental human rights; we seek to meet these basic needs. As a non profit resource center, we deliver social services directly and in collaboration with other agencies in a respectful and secure environment. We advocate for the most vulnerable among us and promote activities that empower people to develop their assets to the fullest extent possible.

ContactForrest Gilmore (Executive Director)
812-334-5734
Additional ContactShalom Day Center, Dining Hall, and Administrative
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
Community Organizations Subjects

Stepping Stones, Inc. (A Program of Centerstone)

Websitehttp://www.steppingstones-inc.org
AddressP.O. Box 1366
Bloomington, IN 47402
Description

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
812-339-9771
Additional Contactwwade [at] steppingstones-inc.org
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
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We Are You

Websitehttp://www.weareyou.social
AddressBloomington, IN 47408
Description

The goals of our organization are to counteract stereotypes and prejudices against groups of people and to give marginalized people a voice and an opportunity to share their stories. We are going to be taking photos of individuals or couples and posting their photos on social media sites and on posters around town. On the image we are going to have a very concise message that we hope will cause an emotional response and feeling of connectedness from the viewer to the subject(s). We will have a full interview available if the viewer wants to learn more about the individual(s) but on the main image we want the message to be very short so a person will accidentally be exposed to someone from a possibly different background.

We want to give a voice to people feeling under attack right now. We are aiming to include all people from religious/ethnic/racial backgrounds, people who are LGBTQ+, people with disabilities or mental illness and people with different socio-economic statuses.

ContactJenn Harmless
weareyoubloomington [at] gmail.com
765-714-3447
Year Established2017
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
Community Organizations Subjects

Wheeler Mission Ministries

Websitehttps://wheelermission.org/
Address215 Westplex Avenue.
Bloomington, IN 47404
Additional AddressP.O. Box 3297
Bloomington, IN 47402
Description

Backstreet Missions, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the homeless and those with spiritual and physical needs, reaching out to people where they are, extending Christ’s love in practical ways.

Wheeler Mission for Men 215 S Westplex Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana 47404  812-333-1905

Wheeler for Women 400 S Opportunity Lane, Bloomington, Indiana 47404 812-333-0360

In October of 2015 Backstreet Missions merged with Wheeler Mission.

Contact812-333-1905
Additional ContactMailing address
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
Community Organizations Subjects