Ubuntu Shelter


Ubuntu Shelter is an organization attempting to address the lack of low-barrier homeless shelters in Bloomington during the months that the winter shelters do not operate.


Bloomington Catholic Worker/Christian Radical

Phone 812-339-4456
Email lertmer [at] gmail [dot] com
Address 821 N. Blair Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47404

The Bloomington Catholic Worker is a community in the tradition of the Catholic Worker movement. The Catholic Worker movement lives the vision of Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, who believed that a peaceable revolution would result if people imitated Jesus Christ's nonviolence, voluntary poverty, and radical hospitality. The BCW/CR is an ecumenical Christian intentional community that tries to live, pray and work both with each other and with the poor we encounter.


The BCW/CR is completely autonomous and has no institutional connection to the Roman Catholic Church. We try to offer housing, food, clothing and love to people facing homelessness. We perform the works of mercy and nonviolently oppose the works of war. We strive to practice the Sermon on the Mount, community living, voluntary poverty, personalism, and care for the environment.


We host a potluck every Thursday evening from 5:30 - 7:30 pm that is open to all who may be interested in our mission or in need of a meal. You may also call to make arrangements to join us for dinner any other night of the week.


Interfaith Winter Shelter

Email info [at] interfaithwintershelter [dot] org
Description 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.

The Rise

Phone (812) 337-4510
Description The facility, which opened its doors in 1998, provides affordable housing for 28 poor and very poor, homeless families headed by women who have experienced life-threatening violence.

Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County

Contact Marcus Whited (Shelter Care Coordinator)
Phone (812) 349-2506
Email yshelter [at] co [dot] monroe [dot] in [dot] us
Hours Office: Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm; Shelter: open 24/7

The mission of the Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County is to provide services, programs, referrals, and advocacy for youth and community education on issues concerning youth. Since 1972, the Youth Services Bureau has provided services to the citizens of Monroe County, Indiana in an effort to strengthen families, divert youth from the juvenile justice system, and foster positive youth development. YSB offers services which promote positive family functioning and help lay the groundwork to build healthy, productive individuals. The Binkley House Youth Shelter is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week


Community Kitchen

Contact Vicki Pierce (Executive Director)
Phone 812-332-0999
Email info [at] monroecommunitykitchen [dot] com
Address Kitchen:
1515 South Rogers St.
Bloomington, IN 47403
Hours Both locations: Monday - Saturday, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Free meals to anyone in need. Donations of food and volunteer time always appreciated. For anyone in need; no questions asked. Second serving site at 11th and Monroe Streets.

Address Express:
1100 W 11th St
Bloomington, IN 47404
Address P.O. Box 3286
Bloomington, IN 47402

Salvation Army

Contact Jonathan Fitzgerald (Lieutenant)
Phone 812-336-4310
Email Jonathan_Fitzgerald [at] usc [dot] salvationarmy [dot] org

Child Care Shannon Chapman - Director 812-323-7402 BMG_childcare [at] usc [dot] salvationarmy [dot] org

Social Services Monica Clemons - Director 812-336-4310 ext. 10 Monica_Clemons [at] usc [dot] salvationarmy [dot] org

Thrift Store Becky Napier - Manager 812-334-1366

Volunteer Services Peter Iversen - Coordinator 812-336-4310 ext. 12 Peter_Iversen [at] usc [dot] salvationarmy [dot] org

The Salvation Army's stated objectives are the advancement of the Christian religion as promulgated in the religious doctrines-which are professed, believed and taught by the Army and, pursuant there to, the advancement of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole.

Additional Contact Catherine Fitzgerald (Lieutenant)
Email Catherine_Fitzgerald [at] usc [dot] salvationarmy [dot] org

Martha's House

Contact Bobbie Summers
Phone 812-332-1444
Address 919 S. Walnut St.
Bloomington, IN 47401
Hours 4:15 pm - 7:45 am
Description Martha's House is an overnight homeless shelter that occupies the space previously used by Shelter, Inc. It has been in operation since January 2004, and has space for 28 individuals, including room for up to 6 women. The shelter is open to individuals between the ages of 18 and 74 from Monroe, Owen, and Lawrence counties, and people must have a referral from the police station in order to receive services from the shelter. Individuals may stay at the shelter for 3 days at a time, for a maximum of 30 days per year. Nightly breathalyzer tests are given.

People from Monroe, Lawrence and Owen Counties can stay 30-90 days if they follow case plan. People from outside the 3 county area can stay for 3 days. Must first get police check at Bloomington Police Department on 3rd Street. Intake done from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Doors locked at 10:00 pm and lights out at 11:00 pm.


Middle Way House, Inc.: Shelter for Abused Women and Their Children

Phone (812) 333-7404
Description CRISIS LINE is 24 Hrs. Long Distance callers can call collect. Mission: To end violence, both structural and interpersonal, in the lives of women and children.
Phone (812) 336-0846
Address P.O. Box 95
Bloomington, IN 47402

Shalom Community Center

Contact Joel Rekas (Executive Director)
Phone (812) 334-5734
Address 620 S. Walnut
P.O. Box 451
Bloomington, IN 47402
Hours Monday through Friday, 8am-4pm; Breakfast: 8-9:30am; Lunch: 12-1:30pm
Description The Shalom Community Center is dedicated to relieving the plight of those experiencing homelessness and poverty in South Central Indiana. Since access to food, housing, education, and health and human services are fundamental human rights; we seek to meet these basic needs. As a non profit resource center, we deliver social services directly and in collaboration with other agencies in a respectful and secure environment. We advocate for the most vulnerable among us and promote activities that empower people to develop their assets to the fullest extent possible.
Address First United Methodist Church
219 E. Fourth St.
Bloomington, IN 47402
Address First Christian Church
205 E. Kirkwood
Bloomington, IN 47408
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