The IWS operates as a "low barrier" shelter during the winter months. It was designed to offer a safe and warm place to sleep for men and women who - for whatever reason - have no other alternative but the streets. The primary criteria for admission into the shelter is respectful behavior, regardless of whether or not a guest is under the influence of alcohol or illegal substance. Experience has taught us incidents of inappropriate behavior are rare. Guests simply appreciate a warm place to sleep. Participating sites and volunteers agree to follow a set of guidelines that allow for the safety and well being of guests and volunteers alike, including no drugs, alcohol, or weapons on the premise.
Area 10 Agency on Aging administers 2-1-1 Infolink, in partnership with the United Way of Monroe County and Smithville Telephone. This local 2-1-1 call center maintains a comprehensive database of community resources serving Monroe and Owen counties.
Dial 2-1-1 for information about community resources that offer assistance with:
Food, Clothing, and Shelter, Affordable Housing
Employment, Emergency Financial Assistance
Health and mental health care, including substance abuse services
Steven Vaughn (Director of Local DCS Office in Monroe County)
steven [dot] vaughn [at] dcs [dot] in [dot] gov
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) protects children from abuse and neglect. DCS does this by partnering with families and communities to provide safe, nurturing, and stable homes, with the hopes that children will thrive from safe, caring, supportive families and communities.
Child Protection Services (24 hrs hotline) (812) 336-6641
National hotline 1-800-800-5556
Since 1917, the Monroe County Chapter of the American Red Cross has provided disaster relief, services to Armed Forces, emergency preparedness and lifesaving programs to Bloomington and the surrounding communities. Today we serve residents in both Monroe and neighboring Owen County 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The mission of Meals On Wheels Association of America is to provide visionary leadership and professional training and to develop partnerships that will ensure the provision of quality nutrition services.
Monroe County United Ministries, Inc.
827 W. 14th Ct.
Bloomington, IN 47404
Call for more information.
This program provides emergency food, clothing, and limited financial aid. Applicant completes a simple form and interviews with social worker who determines eligibility for services. Clients are expected to participate in the solutions to their emergency situations and demonstrate progress if returning for additional services. No financial aid is given until other resources are exhausted, including application to the township trustee.
Vicky St. Myers (Assistant Emergency Services Coordinator)
This congressionally-mandated service not only applies to major national tragedies but also to single-family incidents, generally fire, flood or tornadoes. Typically, Red Cross responds by purchasing food, new clothing and providing shelter for families to help meet immediate emergency needs. Monroe County's program has shown tremendous growth.