Social Services - Community Organizations

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American Red Cross, Southeast Chapter

Address1600 West Third
Bloomington, IN 47408

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]
Additional ContactFax: 812-332-2447
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
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Area 10 Agency on Aging and Disability

Address631 W. Edgewood Drive
Ellettsville, IN 47429

Area 10 Agency on Aging is a private, not-for-profit corporation serving older adults in Monroe and Owen Counties. We are the tenth of sixteen Area Agencies on Aging in Indiana. Our mission is to improve the quality of life and celebrate the independence, health, and dignity of all older adults. The following services are available for persons in the Monroe and Owen County area who are 60 or older or who are disabled:

  • Food Pantry Program
  • Nutrition Services
  • Case management & Care planning
  • Respite for care givers
  • Home Health Care
  • Friendly Visitors Program
  • Elder abuse issues
  • Homemaker services
  • Information and Referral
  • Pre-admission screening for nursing homes
  • Telephone Reassurance
  • CHOICE program services
  • Medicaid Waiver services
  • Transportation
  • Assistance to homebound older adults and disabled (includes grocery shopping).
  • Temporary loan of medical equipment
  • Repairs Team
Contactinfo [at]
Additional ContactToll Free in Indiana:
Year Established1981
Incorporation StatusExempt
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Be Loved Transportation

AddressBloomington, IN 47404

The mission of Be Loved Transportation Inc. is to provide reliable and courteous non-emergency medical transportation to anyone who needs it. The vision is to ensure anyone needing medical transportation will have it. This will be carried out in an environment that not only transports but provides genuine relationship building. Our purpose is to provide transportation in order to bridge the gap between patients and healthcare. We provide transportation for individuals to and from appointments such as dialysis, chemotherapy, doctors appointments etc. regardless of financial restraints, family availability, or other barriers. We also link individuals and families with resources in the community to provide supportive services for those who come into contact with Be Loved Transportation.

ContactDwayne Cole
belovedtransportation [at]
Year Established2009
Incorporation StatusExempt
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Bloomington Catholic Worker/Christian Radical

Address821 N. Blair Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47404

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]
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Bloomington Housing Authority

Address1007 North Summitt Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

The BHA was established in 1961 and the first development of affordable housing units was completed in 1968. Currently, the BHA employs a staff of 30 employees and provides housing assistance to over 2,500 Monroe County households each year. The BHA operates three affordable housing communities and provides more than 1,300 Housing Choice Vouchers, also known as Section 8, that allow income eligible families to rent in the private market. Along with housing assistance, the BHA maintains active service coordination programs including the Family Self-Sufficiency Program and Step Up Program.

ContactAmber Gress
agress [at]
Year Established1961
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Centerstone Recovery Engagment Center

Address221 North Rogers Street
Bloomington, IN 47401

Recovery Engagement Center (REC) is a low barrier community center for someone who is seeking recovery. It is intended to be a walk-in center, in the community, that is warm, welcoming and non-threatening. An individual who needs to find resources, help, or just a cup of coffee can drop in and feel welcome. The goal of a REC is to be a hub for recovery and to serve as a clearing house for recovery resources for the community. This is a place where faith-based providers can have events, 12-step meetings can occur, treatment referrals can be made, and so forth.

The Recovery Engagement Center is a community center that provides recovery classes, recovery coaching, 12-step meetings, volunteer opportunities, computers with internet, a Friday community lunch, and special recovery events. We strive to help those seeking recovery to regain a sense of hope and possibility from their addiction.

Ages 18 and older.

Year Established2015
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Children Cope with Divorce

AddressJustice Building
301 N. College Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47402

An educational program for parents and other interested persons who want to minimize the impact of divorce on children. All persons who divorce in Monroe County and have underage children are required to attend this program. After attending the seminar, participants receive a certificate and their attendance will be confirmed in court. Each parent should schedule the class within 30 days of filing for divorce.


Client Registration - 877-840-2673/317-722-8201

ContactCarolyn Hester (Program Coordinator)
(800) 248-6540
Additional ContactTwylia White
twhite [at]
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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]
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

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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Farm to Family Fund

AddressP.O. Box 1771
Bloomington, IN 47402

The Farm to Family Fund is designed both to make healthful, sustainably produced food more available to low-income households and to support our local, sustainable food system, especially our farmers who take the risk of producing food during the winter months. At the close of Bloomington farmers’ markets, we purchase produce, eggs, and dairy that farmers wish to sell at half price. This food is donated to The Rise, the Community Kitchen of Monroe County, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, and Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

ContactDeborah Piston-Hatlen
Farm2FamilyFund [at]
Year Established2022
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
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Hoosier Hills Food Bank

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

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]
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Housing and Urban Development/Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program

Address455 S Landmark Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47403

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]
Additional Contact877-683-0865
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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

ContactAdministrative line:
Additional Contact24 Hour Crisis Hotline:
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
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South Central Community Action Program

Address1500 W. 15th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

South Central Community Action Program, Inc., serves as an advocate, guide, and leader in providing opportunities for the low-income population to obtain services that will help them become self-sufficient. They offer services to income-eligible households throughout a four-county service area including Monroe, Morgan, Brown, and Owen Counties. They provide weatherization assistance information to make homes safer and more sufficient, help income eligible households with their heat and electric bills through the Energy Assistance program, offer free meetings with knowledgeable healthcare navigators to help people figure out their health insurance coverage, have Head Start and Early Head Start, an innovative initiative called Thriving Connections, and administer the Housing Choice Voucher..

ContactFrank Peacock (Executive Director)
frank [at]
Year Established1964
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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]
Additional ContactJennifer Hottell (Community Engagement Director)
Year Established1956
Community Organizations Subjects

Wheeler Mission Ministries

Address215 Westplex Avenue.
Bloomington, IN 47404
Additional AddressP.O. Box 3297
Bloomington, IN 47402

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.

Additional ContactMailing address
Incorporation StatusIncorporated
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Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County

Address615 S. Adams Street
Bloomington, IN 47403

The mission of the Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County is to provide services, programs, referrals, and advocacy for youth and community education on issues concerning youth. Since 1972, the Youth Services Bureau has provided services to the citizens of Monroe County, Indiana in an effort to strengthen families, divert youth from the juvenile justice system, and foster positive youth development. YSB offers services which promote positive family functioning and help lay the groundwork to build healthy, productive individuals. The Binkley House Youth Shelter is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

ContactKim Meyer (Director)
yshelter [at]
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