Bloomington Student Services

Community Resources

  • The Benefit Bank
    The Benefit Bank is a web-based service that simplifies and centralizes the process of applying for many state and federal benefits for low- and moderate-income individuals and families. Ivy Tech is a certificated Benefit Bank site - please contact The Retention Office if you are interested in applying for benefits. This link will direct you to a quick check to see if you qualify for State of Indiana benefits.
  • Bloomington Housing AuthorityThe mission of the Bloomington Housing Authority, also known as the BHA, is to administer public funds using available resources in a manner which will allow the Housing Authority to offer a variety of affordable housing opportunities and supportive services that foster stability and self-sufficiency through creative partnerships while servicing our customers with the highest level of professionalism and respect.

  • 211, Community Assistance
    The 211 community resource page is a place where students can seek help for various  troubles  they may face during their time in college.  These sources can include:  Food, Counseling, Health Care, Clothing, Employment, Shelter, Support Groups, Volunteering, Parenting, Housing, Legal Aid, Recreation, Education and various other forms of support/help.  These services are available 24 hours a day.
  • CFRD (community family resource directory) guide
    A guide to current local resources, programs, and services.  This includes:  Emergency Numbers, Monroe County Map, Township Trustees, Children and Families, Civic Organizations, Disabilities, Education, Employment, Family & Personal Support, Financial Assistance, Food, Government, Health Care, Housing, Legal Assistance/Advocacy, Recreation, Seniors, Shelters, Transportation, Violence Prevention, and Volunteer Opportunities.

  • Childcare Voucher Program
    The Indiana Childcare Voucher Program offers chances and services for Youth through “cradle to college” ensuring children grow up in safe, nurturing environments in the community.  Services offered:  Child Development chart, Regulations for Facilities, Licensed Family Child Care Homes, Licensed Child Care Centers, Registered Ministries, Preschool Programs, Summer/School Age Programs, Indiana University, Geographical Index By Elementary School.

  • City of Bloomington Student Resource Page
    This page offers different resources to citizens of Bloomington and also students.  It touches on legal aspects of the City of Bloomington such as graffiti and panhandling and offers different community outreach programs.

  • Community KitchenCommunity Kitchen works to eliminate hunger in Monroe County and surrounding areas through direct service, education and advocacy. Their philosophy states that Community Kitchen provides free nutritious meals, nutrition education, referrals to other agencies, and a clean, comfortable social environment for patrons, staff and volunteers. Meal Times: Monday - Saturday 4 PM - 6 PM

  • Geno’s Cafeteria and Food Pantry
    Geno's Cafeteria and Food Pantry is a part of Backstreet Missions, Inc.  Meal times are as follows:                             
    Breakfast: Saturday morning only (8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.)
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday (11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
    Dinner: Monday - Friday (3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)          

  • Martha's HouseResidents from Monroe, Lawrence, and Owens counties can stay for up to 120 days, while they work to stabilize their lives. Martha’s House also have a variety of programs and services available to Monroe, Lawrence, and Owen county residents. Please visit their website for detailed information.

  • Middle Way HouseMiddle Way offers many programs and services to women and children victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Monroe County, Indiana Childcare guide

  • South Central Community Action Program
    The South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP) is a nonprofit organization based in Bloomington, Ind. that has served low-income people for 48 years. Our mission is to provide opportunities for low-income citizens to move toward personal and economic independence.

    SCCAP administers the Circles Initiative and Head Start programs in Monroe County, and also operates the Energy Assistance, Weatherization, Individual Development Account and Section 8 programs in Monroe, Morgan, Owen and Brown counties. It serves more than 5,000 families annually, representing more than 13,000 individuals.

  • Shalom Community Center, Inc.
    Shalom Community Center, Inc. is a safe, daytime resource center for people experiencing homelessness and poverty in South Central Indiana.

  • Volunteers in Medicine of Monroe CountyVolunteers in Medicine is a fee medical clinic for the residents of Monroe and Owen Counties lacking insurance the ability to pay for healthcare services.  They also offer easily accessible, quality primary and preventative healthcare, treatment for both acute and chronic conditions, and health education that empowers individuals to take responsibility for their own well-being.

Questions? Contact:

The Retention Office
Room C108
Phone: (812) 330-6247