Shalom Community Center Programs

Bloomington has a statewide reputation for offering high-quality social service support for those in need. This reputation is derived from hundreds of social service nonprofits that call the city home, as well as a community of support for progressive governmental policies. In respect to safety, civility, and justice the most visible agencies are Centerstone, the Shalom Community Center, Wheeler Mission, New Hope for Families, Middle Way House, and Monroe County United Ministries. These agencies represent a mixture of homeless shelters, mental health facilities, and poverty assistance programs that support those in need.

Poverty In Bloomington, Indiana

Indiana University students skew this statistic, but other metrics indicate that Monroe County has a persistent poverty issue. The number of homeless individuals and families has increased from 200 in 2009 to 350 in 2017. The most recent homeless point-in-time count indicates that the majority of the increase has come from individuals, rather than families, and most of these individuals are men. Single men without children have the fewest dedicated resources in our community, making them more likely to experience homelessness than other subpopulations.


Mental health problems, substance abuse, and domestic violence involvement are common traits among homeless individuals in Bloomington. In 2017, 42 individuals in emergency shelters had a serious mental illness, 36 had substance abuse issues, and 75 were victims of domestic violence.