Day Shelter and Resource Center
Shalom provides a place for guests to stay Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Guests have access to restrooms, laundry equipment, shower facilities, short and long term storage, and donated items including clothing, personal care items, items for infants, and others. Guests may also use Shalom for their mailing address and phone number, provided they have permission from a caseworker.
Shalom Community Center is the only agency in the county that provides two nutritious meals per day. We serve breakfast from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and lunch from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. In 2013 we provided a total of 71,696 meals, the largest number of sit-down meals of any agency in Monroe County! Between 2010 and 2012 we served a total of 230,488 sit-down meals!
Shalom also helps guests with finding employment. The center provides job counseling and placement, on-site training, resume writing assistance and feedback, and transportation vouchers to help guests get to and from interviews and work. In 2013 Shalom facilitated 1,194 counseling sessions to help job seekers improve resumes, presentation skills, and interview skills. Between 2010 and 2012 Shalom helped 1,474 people improve their skills, and between 2011 and 2012 facilitated 2,090 job counseling sessions!
Crawford Homes and Rapid Re-housing Project
Over the years we at Shalom have learned many lessons when it comes to ending homelessness. Some of these lessons include:
- The more time one has shelter, the more likely they are to keep that shelter
- The most humane and least expensive approach to ending homelessness is to prevent it from happening in the first place
- The next most humane and cost-effective method is to help someone back into a home as quickly as possible
Shelters themselves are important, but should be used as a last resort. The focus should be placed on preventing homelessness and helping those without a home find one as soon as possible. Shalom employs a wide range of methods in combating homelessness, and is currently investing its efforts in Crawford Homes, a ‘Housing First’ approach for people experiencing chronic homelessness for a variety of reasons including disability, and a rapid re-housing program to get our guests back into homes as soon as possible. With the help of supporters, we would like to invest even more into these programs as a strategy for ending chronic homelessness and poverty!
Contact Shalom at 812-334-5728 for more information about our programs and services. For more information on other resources available to those in need in Bloomington and Monroe County, click here to find a full list of local assistance agencies.