Social Services

El Centro Comunal Latino (CCL)

Phone (812) 355-7513
Email elcentrocomunal [at] gmail [dot] com
Address Monroe County Public Library
303 E Kirkwood Avenue, Room 200
Bloomington, IN 47408
Hours Monday: 11am-7pm Tuesday: 11am-4pm Wednesday: 11-4pm

El Centro Comunal Latino (CCL) is a grassroots, community-based organization that seeks to provide an accessible and safe space for all Latinos, with a focus on Spanish-speaking people, to find information, access to resources and a place to hold community events. CCL also seeks to promote communication and understanding among service agencies and the Latino community in order to facilitate their integration and encourage active Latina/o participation in the greater Bloomington community (Monroe County).

**Should our office be closed, you may also contact Daniel Soto at the City of Bloomington Latino Outreach Division at 812-349-3430.

Address El Centro Comunal Latino
PO Box 3462
Bloomington, IN 47402

My Sister's Closet

Contact Eliazabeth Brown (Volunteer Coordinator)
Phone 335-6603
Address 1010 S. Walnut St.
Bloomington, IN 47401
Hours Wednesday - Friday 10 AM - 3 PM and Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM
Description The mission of My Sister's Closet of Monroe County, Inc. is to provide at-risk, low-income women pursuing employment with free workforce attire. We accomplish our mission through the use of our voucher system and the generosity of those who donate professional attire to our store. Founded in 1998, My Sister's Closet (MSC) is a volunteer run non-profit organziation offering its services to the Monroe and Owen County areas.

Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) - Monroe County

Phone 800-403-0864
Address Monroe County Division of Family Resources
1711 N College Avenue, Suite 101
Bloomington, IN 47404
Hours Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Description 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.
Phone 1-800-403-0864

Hoosier Hills Food Bank

Contact Julio Alonso (Executive Director)
Phone 812-334-8374
Email hhfb [at] hhfoodbank [dot] org
Hours Monday-Friday 9-5
Description 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.
Address Hoosier Hills Food Bank
2333 West Industrial Park Drive
Bloomington, IN 47404

Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County

Contact Marcus Whited (Shelter Care Coordinator)
Phone (812) 349-2506
Email yshelter [at] co [dot] monroe [dot] in [dot] us
Hours 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


American Red Cross, Disaster Services

Contact Maria Carrasquillo (Emergency Services Director)
Phone 812-332-7292
Email mcarrasq [at] monroe-redcross [dot] org
Address 411 East 7th St.
Bloomington, IN 47408

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. Monroe County's program has shown tremendous growth.

Email redcross [at] monroe-redcross [dot] org

South Central Community Action Program

Contact Greg Ingram (general info)
Phone (812) 339-3447
Email public [at] insccap [dot] org
Hours Monday thru Friday 7:30am - 4pm; closed 12pm - 1pm for lunch; the board meets first Monday of every month at 7pm
Description 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 also provide energy and weatherization assistance information, help income eligible households with their heat and electric bills, and administer the Summer Cool Program which provides fans to income eligible households.
Additional Contact Beth Pankoski (Executive Administrative Assistant)
Phone 339-3447 ext. 233
Email beth [at] insccap [dot] org

South Central Community Action Head Start Program

Contact Blakely Clements (Director)
Phone 334-8350

A federally funded preschool for children of low income families of Monroe County.


Backstreet Missions

Phone 812-333-1905
Email linda [at] backstreet [dot] org
Hours Office hrs. M- Fr. 9a- 5p

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.


United Way of Monroe County

Contact Barry Lessow (Executive Director)
Phone (812) 334-8370
Email info [at] monroeunitedway [dot] org

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.

Additional Contact Jennifer Hottell (Community Engagement Director)
Additional Contact Sarah Hayes (Resource Development Director)
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