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Why We Do It: A Shalom Story of Success

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Blog, Guest Story, Slider | 0 comments

Why We Do It: A Shalom Story of Success

“If Shalom was not here, [we] would still be homeless because it was the only place to turn to….you come in here and the littlest things help you get back on track.” After being laid off from work, Joe and Sabrina found themselves on hard times—no money, nowhere to be, and nowhere to live. They lost everything after entrusting Joe’s brother with money to pay the bills while they were out of town. When he spent the money on drugs, Joe and Sabrina were officially homeless. The couple spent almost two years living completely homeless....

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The World Is Your Living Room

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

The World Is Your Living Room

Joel Rekas, the previous Executive Director of the Shalom Center, used to say, “When you’re homeless, the world is your living room. Would you want the world to see what you do in your living room?” People do many things in the privacy of their own homes that would get you arrested if you did them outside. Standing in one place Sitting down Lying down Sleeping Changing your clothes Urinating/Defecating Having sex Washing Making a mess Drinking alcohol/Using drugs Getting into an argument Existence is not a crime....

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Shalom Y’All

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Shalom Y’All

If there is one thing that I learned through my internship at Shalom Community Center, it is that a group of people with big hearts, warm smiles, and a whole lot of passion and dedication can drastically make a difference in the lives of others. This has been exemplified through the tremendous hard work of a small numbered staff, countless hours of service from thousands of volunteers, endless support from caring donors, cooperation with local partner agencies, and dedication from a passionate Board of Directors. The love and determination...

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Three emergencies… three solutions… one week.

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Blog, Slider | 0 comments

Three emergencies… three solutions… one week.

Three emergencies… three solutions… one week. In early May, within the course of a week, three of Shalom’s homeless clients were faced with significant challenges, which through our support, were overcome. On Saturday, a guest had a heart attack and emergency triple aortic bypass surgery. Uninsured, the hospital decided he was “healthy” enough to leave just 3 days later. Through enormous efforts by several of our staff and tremendous good fortune, we were able to get him a motel room on his first night of release and then through a...

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On the Occasion of a Graduation

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Blog, Guest Story, Slider | 1 comment

On the Occasion of a Graduation

Mario Andretti once said, “Desire is the key to motivation and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” Desire and motivation are what drove me to stick to my goals to finally acquire my GED. I had made a commitment to myself that I had failed at 11 years ago. I had had my whole life planned out my senior year of high school –graduate, go to college, get married and have kids. It’s the future plans of most high school students. It...

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The Most Effective Way to End Homelessness

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Blog, Slider | 0 comments

The Most Effective Way to End Homelessness

Homelessness has only existed as a sociological phenomenon for about 30 years. We’ve always had homelessness with us to some degree, but the numbers skyrocketed in the early 1980s. Because of this, we’re still learning how best to address the problem and we are also immersed in a time of great innovation and discovery. When I first became the Executive Director of the Shalom Center over 3 years ago, I thought the first thing Shalom should do is try to build a new permanent year-round, low barrier shelter. Shelter is the first thing and...

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Homeless Jesus*

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Homeless Jesus*

“No one knows his name, a man who lives on the streets, and walks around in rags. Once I saw that man in a dream. He and God were building an extraordinary temple.” - St Francis of Assisi   There’s a bronze statue that sits outside an Episcopal Church in an upscale college-town community just north of Charlotte, North Carolina. The life-size sculpture depicts a sleeping man on a park bench, wrapped in a blanket. It’s the typical image of a homeless man that we’ve seen countless times, but for one thing – the man’s feet...

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Crawford Resident Billy Young Named 2014 Homeward Bound Spokesperson

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Blog, Guest Story, Slider | 0 comments

Crawford Resident Billy Young Named 2014 Homeward Bound Spokesperson

The Homeward Bound walk is an annual effort to help raise awareness and funding for agencies working to end homelessness in Bloomington. We are very excited to announce that Crawford resident and all-around good guy, Billy Young, has been named the spokesperson for this year’s walk. Billy has graciously shared his story with us. (If you’d like to support Billy and the Shalom Center with a donation for this year’s walk, click here.) Last, Fallen and Love – My Bloomington Story Written By Billy Young 3 words will be...

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Homeward Bound 2014

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Homeward Bound 2014

Mark your calendars – Sunday, April 13, 2013 is the official date for the 12th annual Homeward Bound 5K Walk! To join Shalom’s team, click here. To donate to our team, click here. As the largest collaborative fundraiser of nonprofits in Bloomington, it’s a great way to get involved in the community and help work to alleviate homelessness and poverty. Over the past decade, this local event has raised $574,690, 100% of which goes directly to the 12 participating agencies to help people experiencing homelessness with shelter, food,...

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Why Some People Don’t Use “High Expectation” Shelters and Missions

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Some have suggested that the only reason people don’t use high barrier shelters is because of alcohol and drug testing. Here are the actual reasons we hear from people experiencing homelessness: Their time allotment has run out They don’t want to go to church multiple times per week They’re unable to prove their identity or income They’re from the wrong town They work at night They have TB  or other contagious illnesses They’re not the right religion or do not attend the right denomination They’re unable...

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