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211 - Community AssistanceChildcare services
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.

1 (800) 273-8255 - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Calls are routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.

1 (888) 843-4564 - GLBT National Help Center
Provides free and confidential peer-support for gay, lesbian. Bi-sexual, transgender, and questioning individuals. GLBT National Youth Talkline: 1 (800) 246-7743.

1 (888) 373-7888 - National Human Trafficking Resource Center
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national anti-trafficking hotline and resource center serving victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the United States. The toll-free hotline is available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year in more than 200 languages.

A Friend’s Place
A Friend’s Place, located at 919 S Rogers Street in Bloomington, is the only nonreligious, emergency shelter for adults (18 and over) in our region.

Bloomington Housing Authority
The 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.

Center for Men
Wheeler Mission’s Center for Men, Bloomington offers a seven-day emergency shelter for men requiring immediate shelter and a ninety-day case managed program to assist the needs of men requiring longer term needs. The Center for Men is also one of the Orientation Program sites for their Addiction Recovery Program for Men.

Center for Women and Children
Wheeler Mission’s Center for Women and Children, Bloomington offers food, clothing and housing.  The four main programs are Emergency Shelter Care, Connect to Care (Special Needs), Fresh Start (Working Guest), and Family Development.

CFRD (Community Family Resource Directory) GuideChildcare services
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 ProgramChildcare services
The Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) is a federal program that assists low‐income families, families receiving temporary public assistance, and those transitioning from public assistance in subsidizing child care costs so they can work, attend training, or continue education. The purpose of CCDF is to increase the availability, affordability, and quality of child care. To apply for the CCDF voucher program, you must contact your local Intake Agency. Chances And Services for Youth (CASY) is the CCDF Intake Agency for the 10 counties of Clay, Greene, Monroe, Morgan, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo.

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 Kitchen
Community 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

Counseling and Outreach Program
For Ivy Tech students, free and confidential counseling services are offered on Ivy Tech’s campus through Indiana University Center for Human Growth. Call (812) 330-6287 or email counseling-r14@lists.ivytech.edu.

Harvest House Soup Kitchen
Harvest House mission is to feed the hungry and the less fortunate throughout our community with the respect and dignity they deserve.

Health Insurance
Information and resources to help you find a plan and sign up for health insurance.

​​Indiana Legal Services
ILS is a nonprofit law firm that provides free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income people.

Indiana Addiction Hotline
The Indiana Addiction Hotline can be reached by calling 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or by clicking the link above for Live Chat.  The Hotline is available 24/7 for individuals seeking addiction (including opioid) treatment services in Indiana.  Referral to state-approved agencies is provided by master’s degree counselors. Hotline counselors can directly transfer calls to a treatment provider when available. Additional information and referrals are provided to community supports including Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. The Indiana Addiction Hotline also has bilingual capabilities.

Interfaith Winter Shelter
Our purpose is to offer a warm, safe place to those who have no place to go and do not meet admission requirements for other shelter sites in this community.

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

Monroe County, Indiana Childcare GuideChildcare services
The City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department has prepared this guide. It includes licensed child care homes and centers, registered ministries, preschool programs, and summer programs for school-age children. 

Mother Hubbard's Cupboard
At Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard we believe access to healthy food is a basic human right.  We exist to ensure that all people have access to healthy, whole foods and to provide opportunities to build self-reliance. Our programs include a client-choice food pantry and free educational programs on nutrition and gardening.

My Sister’s Closet
My Sister’s Closet is a non-profit organization established to provide free work force attire and Success Institute training to low-income and at-risk women pursuing employment.

New Hope Family Shelter
The mission of the New Hope Family Shelter (NHFS) is to provide temporary shelter for homeless families in Bloomington and Monroe County and, in collaboration with other agencies, to help those families regain housing by addressing the problems that led to homelessness.

New Hope Early Childhood Center
The children’s program is designed to complement adult progress by providing individualized attention to each child, to assess any challenges to academic and social success, and to provide compensating services and activities as needed.

South Central Community Action ProgramChildcare services
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.

Stepping Stones
Stepping Stones, a program of Centerstone, provides transitional housing and supportive services to youth 16-20 years old who are experiencing homelessness. They provide a supportive community where young people experiencing homelessness can develop skills to live independently. They welcome youth regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, national origin, creed, religion or disability. They are located in Bloomington, Indiana.

Volunteers in Medicine of Monroe County
Volunteers in Medicine is a free medical clinic for eligible residents of Monroe and Owen Counties. They offer easily accessible, quality primary and preventative healthcare, treatment for both acute and chronic conditions, and health education.


The Retention Office
Ivy Tech Bloomington
Room C108
(812) 330-6247