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.
Office: Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm; Shelter: open 24/7
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
The Salvation Army's stated objectives are the advancement of the Christian religion as promulgated in the religious doctrines-which are professed, believed and taught by the Army and, pursuant there to, the advancement of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole.
Martha's House is an overnight homeless shelter that occupies the space previously used by Shelter, Inc. It has been in operation since January 2004, and has space for 28 individuals, including room for up to 6 women. The shelter is open to individuals between the ages of 18 and 74 from Monroe, Owen, and Lawrence counties, and people must have a referral from the police station in order to receive services from the shelter. Individuals may stay at the shelter for 3 days at a time, for a maximum of 30 days per year. Nightly breathalyzer tests are given.
People from Monroe, Lawrence and Owen Counties can stay 30-90 days if they follow case plan. People from outside the 3 county area can stay for 3 days. Must first get police check at Bloomington Police Department on 3rd Street. Intake done from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Doors locked at 10:00 pm and lights out at 11:00 pm.
Monday through Friday, 8am-4pm; Breakfast: 8-9:30am; Lunch: 12-1:30pm
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.
First United Methodist Church
219 E. Fourth St.
Bloomington, IN 47402
First Christian Church
205 E. Kirkwood
Bloomington, IN 47408
Monroe County United Ministries 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.
Amethyst House, Inc., is a Bloomington, Indiana, based not-for-profit United Way agency that provides high quality, structured living environments, treatment, education and recovery services to individuals with addictions and substance abuse issues.