Serving The Homeless Men of Indiana

We provide Christ-centered programs and services for the homeless and those in need. Our services take a holistic approach to our local homelessness community by providing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual help.

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Emergency Services

The Mission provides temporary emergency shelter to homeless and/or disadvantaged men. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, showers, clothing, chapel services, case management (with referrals to onsite and offsite social service agencies) are provided. Medical, dental, podiatric and vision services are also available.

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Working Guest Program

This program is for homeless men who have secured employment and need additional time to reestablish themselves in the community. Residents are evaluated at the end of 30 days to determine their status. A man may be extended an additional 30 days based upon his finances and progress in the program. These approved extensions may add up to a maximum of six months. All program men are required to save a minimum of 65% of their income and must participate in biblically-based life skills classes and electives. Provisions are also made for homeless men who are working night shifts.

Winter Contingency Program

The Winter Contingency Program ensures that every man, woman, and child in the Indianapolis and Bloomington areas can find a safe place to sleep and a nourishing meal during the cold months. Five months out of the year, November 1 through March 31, outreach teams from various agencies perform “street sweeps” to find the homeless and provide them transportation to one of the shelters in the area. In addition to those who are transported, hundreds of others seek out shelter and food at organizations around town.

Marion County Homeless Shelter and Behavioral Health Provider Collaboration

Because no single agency has the resources and expertise needed to comprehensively address the needs of the homeless struggling with mental illness, Wheeler is deeply involved with other shelters, mental and behavioral health agencies, hospitals and law enforcement agencies. More than two dozen of these local agencies work together to collectively provide our clients with the mental health services they need. The Collaboration meets regularly throughout the year.

Some of the organizations in the Mental Health/Shelter Provider Collaboration are:

  • Adult and Child Behavioral Health
  • Midtown Mental Health Center
  • Homeless Initiative Program
  • Horizon House
  • Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP)
Emergency Men's Services
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Residential Programs

Our men’s residential programs provide shelter, meals, and case management for men in non-addiction programs. The goal is to help them obtain long-term, lasting change in their lives through a relationship with Christ.

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STEPS (Steps Toward Economic and Personal Stability) Program

STEPS is a two-phase residential program of Wheeler Mission Ministries designed to help men who need short-term housing while overcoming barriers to employment and permanent housing. Phase 1 focuses on biblical life skills in order to attain gainful employment and stable housing, as well as educational opportunities. Men will attend daily classes addressing major topics, such as listening and communication skills, anger management, money management, etc. Additionally, each man will complete homework assignments, job duties, and address personal barriers to employment and housing while under the care and guidance of a case manager. Phase 2 of the STEPS program focuses on putting into practice all the teaching and training from Phase 1. Men are assisted with finding and obtaining gainful employment. Both phases provide housing, food, clothing, and laundry services for the men. Each phase can be up to three months, so a resident could potentially stay in the program up to six months.

MIT (Mentors in Training) Program

MIT is a six-month residential internship program for men who have completed phase 1 of the STEPS program and are seeking future employment within a ministry-related field. If a man desires to stay for this internship opportunity, he must have completed all of phase 1 and be approved via interview process with the STEPS case management team. This internship allows a man to be trained while continuing to serve in Christian community. He will be able to address life issues, assist case managers, and develop his gifts/talents.

ACTS (Advocacy, Community and Transitional Services) Program

The ACTS Program is a three-month program designed for men who have graduated from either the STEPS Program or Wheeler Mission’s Addiction Recovery Program for Men. Graduates continue to receive shelter and food while in the ACTS program. The primary purpose of ACTS is to assist the graduates in three primary areas: church involvement, employment, and housing. This program helps the graduates by growing their network and becoming involved members of the local church and community. The ACTS Program acts as a liaison between program graduates and society.

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Addiction Recovery

Our Addiction Recovery program for men is a long-term, residential opportunity to receive help with addictions and other life-dominating sin. This program begins at either our Indianapolis or Bloomington, Indiana locations with our Orientation Program.

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Addiction Recovery Orientation Program for Men 

Our Addiction Recovery Orientation Program for Men begins with our Orientation Program. During this 4-6-week program, assessments are completed to gauge readiness for change. Legal, medical and other needs are assessed for stabilization. During this time, men will learn to work, relate to others in the program, and attend biblical teaching classes. After this 4-6-week Orientation Program, men may enter the 6-month Addiction Recovery and Discipleship Training Program at our Training Center at Camp Hunt.

Addiction Recovery and Discipleship Training Program

This is a long-term, residential opportunity for men to receive help with addictions and other life-dominating sin. This six-month training program is designed to help men learn how to biblically overcome addictions and life-dominating sin. Men will be a part of a group where they will study through the Self-Confrontation: A Manual for In-Depth Biblical Discipleship together with support and training from their assigned Program Manager. During this time, they will attend classes with seminary-trained instructors and engage in work training with our various work crews at Wheeler Mission Pallets & Industry for a work reference after successful completion of the program. Men will also have the opportunity to fellowship with members of local churches for weekly Bible Studies. They will learn what it means to take ownership of their actions, engage in seeking forgiveness, and address their own forgiveness issues. The goal is not just to see men use this training for themselves, but to also see them use this training to learn how to help others. After 22 weeks, men may complete an optional exam and earn their Training Certificate in Basic Theology and Biblical Counseling. This would make other ministry training opportunities through Wheeler Mission available to them. After completion of this program, graduates may return home, join our three month Advocacy, Community, and Transitional Services program, or enroll in our Servant Leadership Training Program.

Family Counseling and Advocacy Service

For men at our Training Center who are married and/or have children, we offer our Family Counseling and Advocacy Service. The goal of this service is to allow each man to grow, heal, and be equipped with discipleship training alongside his wife and/or children. We believe that families need to heal together, not apart. We offer weekend housing and biblical counseling for men enrolled in this service.

Servant Leadership Training Program

Men who have received their Training Certificate in Basic Theology and Biblical Counseling may apply to enter the nine-month Servant Leadership Training Program. This advanced course of ministry training offers men an intensive look at serving others as a way of leadership while engaging in four college level Systematic Theology courses and two practical application courses in Biblical Counseling and Servant Leadership. They will be mentored by a Program Manager while continuing to address their personal life issues. Men will assist program management staff with leading other men in the Addiction Recovery and Discipleship Training program while developing their own gifts and talents. They will also be given training to prepare them for Biblical Counseling Certification with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. The Servant Leadership Training program may be taken at either the Training Center, Indianapolis, or Bloomington campuses. Upon successful completion of the Servant Leadership Training program, men will have earned their Training Certificate in Advanced Theology and Biblical Counseling. This certificate allows them to receive potential college scholarships and college credits with our University collaborations, along with other ministry training opportunities.

Alumni Family Cookout @ Brookside Park

This family friendly event began in 2011 and attendance has increased drastically every year. We enjoy backyard games, a catered meal and some great fellowship. This is a great way to get refreshed, spiritually and physically. Bring your whole family!

Homecomings

This incredible event began in 2008 and sees graduates of the Addiction Recovery Program return from all over the world to Camp Hunt for a weekend of fellowship, fun, and prayer. This is a great way to get refreshed, spiritually and is a popular way to stay connected with the men the alumni who were side-by side with you in the program. Bring your whole family!

Locations

Men's Shelter Location

Shelter For Men

520 E. Market St., Indianapolis, IN 46204 | MAP

Questions?

317.687.6795

Speak with the Program Director

No appointment necessary for emergency shelter

Check-in time is from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. Exceptions will be made for first-time guests only.

Services

  • Meals
  • Shelter
  • Chapel Services
  • Medical Clinics
  • Emergency Shelter Services
  • Working Guest Program
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About

In 2008, Lighthouse Ministries, Inc.  merged with Wheeler Mission and the Lighthouse building at 520 East Market Street became known as Wheeler Mission Lighthouse Center. Currently designated as the Wheeler Mission Shelter for Men, it houses all of the men’s emergency shelter services. It is the starting point to direct men to appropriate services and programs both within Wheeler Mission as well as outside agencies that serve the homeless of Indianapolis. Men are provided temporary shelter, including intake case management and assessment, meals, medical services, and lodging, along with chapel services or elective classes.

Men's Residential Center

Men’s Residential Center

245 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46204 | MAP

Questions?

317.636.2720

  • Addictions: Speak with Orientation Intake Manager
  • STEPS: Speak with STEPS Case Manager

Must have an appointment for entrance into either program. Appointments can be made by calling the number above and speaking with the appropriate person.

Services

  • Residential Program
  • Addiction Recovery Program
  • Donation Drop-off
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About

Once called the “Elm Saloon,” the Wheeler Mission site at 245 N. Delaware Street was originally dedicated into the service of the ministry on March 19, 1922. It was quickly noted that major renovations needed to take place to make it suitable to house and feed men. A new four-story building was constructed at 245 N. Delaware Street and the cornerstone of this building was laid on April 7, 1929. Since then, this building has been used to minister to men struggling with homelessness, hunger, unemployment, and addiction. There are currently three main programs operating in the building: Addiction Recovery Orientation, STEPS, and ACTS. These programs are structured to address the heart-change needed in order to make life-change, aiding the men in finding and securing stable employment, housing, and involvement in the local church.

Our Men’s Residential Center is a donation drop-off location. 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. daily

Center for Men

Center for Men

215 S. Westplex Ave., Bloomington, IN 47404 | MAP

Questions?

812.333.1905

No appointment necessary for emergency shelter

Must have an appointment for addiction recovery program

Services

  • Meals
  • Shelter
  • Chapel Services
  • Medical Clinics
  • Emergency Shelter Services
  • Residential Programs
  • Addiction Recovery Program
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About

In October 2015, Backstreet Missions merged with Wheeler Mission Ministries and was renamed the Wheeler Mission Center for Men. This location offers emergency shelter to assist the needs of men requiring immediate shelter and case-managed programs to assist the needs of men requiring longer term needs. The Center for Men is also one of the Orientation Program sites for our Addiction Recovery Program for men.

Training Center at Camp Hunt

Training Center at Camp Hunt

7790 N. Fish Rd., Bloomington, IN 47408 | MAP

Questions?

812.332.2452

Not an intake site.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, contact us at:

Indianapolis: Men’s Residential Center
317.636.2720
245 North Delaware St.,
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Bloomington: Center for Men
812.333.1905
215 S. Westplex Ave.,
Bloomington, IN 47404

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About

The Wheeler Mission Training Center at Camp Hunt offers long-term, residential training programs. It is situated on 285-acres in north Bloomington, bordering the Morgan Monroe State Forest. It is dedicated to Christian Regeneration, Discipleship, Ministry Training, and Fellowship. Camp Hunt exists to serve men and their families and specializes in serving those overcoming addictions or life-dominating sin.

Volunteers are needed at all different areas of the Mission.

We need your financial support to keep touching lives in Indiana.

Our men’s and women’s facilities have urgent needs for clothing and food.