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Christmas Hours

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Slider, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Christmas Hours

Shalom Community Center will be open on Christmas Day from 8am until noon with reduced services. Breakfast will be served starting at 8am and a special early lunch will be served from 10-11:30. Food at the lunch will include turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, salad, rolls, cake, and pies. Services will return to normal on Tuesday, December 26th.  

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Never Take It For Granted: Ashley’s Success Story

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Blog, Slider | 0 comments

Never Take It For Granted: Ashley’s Success Story

Behind Ashley’s bubbly and optimistic personality, she describes a dark, troublesome past. “I lived with my grandfather, and my mom ended up getting mad…she made some threats toward me and I ended up fleeing…” She left her home in Florida in hopes for a better life in Indiana, drawn by a magazine advertisement. Unfortunately, it was a scam that left her homeless. “I lived in Indianapolis for two years, got tired of how they treated the homeless up there and moved down here [in Bloomington]…” Ashley talks openly about living in a tent in the woods for 5 years on and off,...

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Why Hate for People without Homes is Never Okay

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Blog, Slider | 0 comments

Why Hate for People without Homes is Never Okay

Two summers ago, the beating of a homeless, Hispanic man made the national news. Two men beat this poor man with a metal pipe and then urinated on him. This drew national attention because the two assailants, as they were beating the man, were reported to have said, “Donald Trump was right… All these illegals need to be deported.” When Donald Trump heard of the incident, he described it as a shame and then countered, “I will say, the people that are following me are very passionate. They love this country. They want this country to be great again.” Because the beating and defiling...

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Panhandling, Signs, & Solutions

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Blog, Slider | 0 comments

Panhandling, Signs, & Solutions

Nothing like some controversy to stir up the community. If you haven’t heard, the City of Bloomington recently installed 28 signs downtown that read, “Please help. Don’t encourage panhandling. Contribute to the solution.” The sign has a large no panhandling symbol in the middle and a web address at the bottom that links to a webpage which lists several organization combating homelessness, including Shalom. As you can imagine, the responses ranged from gleeful support to adamant disdain. The disdain led to several signs being defaced almost immediately and, within a few...

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Should You Give Money to People Who Are Panhandling?

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Blog, Slider | 1 comment

Should You Give Money to People Who Are Panhandling?

People often ask me, “Should I give money to people who are panhandling?” The urge to give is a good one.  Please feel proud of your desire to give.  Generosity starts with the heart, and the desire to give reflects one of our greatest human values – compassion (literally “to feel with” another). But as a person of good heart, I am sure you often ask yourself, “What is the best way to be generous?” To give someone money on the street is ultimately a personal decision with pros and cons to whichever choice you make. On the “pro” side, you are giving directly to a person,...

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The Heart-stirring Power of Partnership

Posted by on Dec 24, 2014 in Blog, Slider | 1 comment

The Heart-stirring Power of Partnership

Last winter, I came across a man at the eastside Barnes & Noble’s. Matted hair, torn and dirty clothing, an unshaven face, he had the distinct look of a chronically homeless person. He cast an aura of kindness but also extreme privacy. I caught a vibe of fragility and a touch of fear. So, I let him be. I learned later that he had been sleeping at the local Laundromat and spent the days in bookstores and fast food restaurants. No one knew him and he wasn’t using any services. I spoke with the PATH caseworkers from Centerstone to see if they could track him down, but they were unable to...

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