Adopt-a-Bed Matching Campaign

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Adopt-a-Bed Matching Campaign

For a short time, any gift you make to support Friend’s Place shelter will be doubled. Please adopt-a-bed today (more info below) to keep the shelter alive long into the future! To donate, click here (and note Friend’s Place in the special instructions).

It was that close.

Arguably the most important homeless shelter in Bloomington almost closed forever.

In the Spring of 2015, Martha’s House, Inc. went bankrupt, putting at risk the only year-round, nonreligious, emergency shelter for homeless adults in a 7 county region. Over 400 people each year relied on this essential resource. To lose it would have been devastating.

Thanks to a broad community effort and with Shalom taking on the management in January 2016, the shelter has stayed open for now. To keep it open for the long-term, we need your help.


Would you consider adopting a bed to support a person without a safe place to sleep?

It costs $12 per bed per night to shelter and support someone at Friend’s Place. And for a short time, a matching grant from the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association will double your impact

With the help of the matching grant, you can adopt:

  • A bed for a week for $42.
  • A bed for 2 weeks for $84
  • A bed for a month for $182.
  • All the beds for a night for $240.
  • All the beds for a week for $1,680.

And if you really want to GO BIG, you can adopt the entire shelter for a month for $7,300.

Would you consider adopting a bed?

To donate, click here and please note Friend’s Place in the special instructions.


The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association has offered the shelter an unprecedented gift – for every dollar you give in 2016 towards the shelter, they will give another dollar up to $200,000.

Your support would not only keep the shelter doors open but also make it possible for us to build long-term stability. If we make the entire match, the shelter will be fully funded until 2020, giving us the essential time we need to raise the funds to keep the shelter open year after year.

As of this August, we have already raised $158,000 towards the match. Be part of this winning team and help put us over the top with a gift of any size. Please donate to the campaign now by clicking here and make sure to note Friend’s Place in the special instructions.

Adopt-a-Bed Matching Campaign Brochure