Abandoned to Emboldened

Serving Homeless Women and Women with Children

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.

“Come to me, all you that are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

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Emergency Services

Our Emergency Shelter Services for women and women with children is a 30-day program designed to assist women with basic temporal needs, like meals and shelter, while assessing the factors that led them to homelessness. Whether addiction, mental health, medical, occupational, or educational issues, ladies are encouraged to enter our other long-term programs that can help them with recovery, securing safe housing and employment or mental health care.

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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.

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Residential Programs

Our women’s residential programs are designed to address the specific issues that contribute to life instability and, in turn, homelessness. The primary goal of these long-term programs is to walk alongside women and children as they either enter or strengthen their walk with Christ.

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Fresh Start (Working Guest) Program

Our Fresh Start (Working Guest) Program is a 6-month residential program designed to assist women to become independent through job training, job procurement, and stabilization. Guests receive individualized case management, educational training in our computer lab, work therapy, career development and life-skill classes, spiritual training and counseling. The goal is to have the clients move to safe affordable housing within 6 months, find employment, mend broken relationships, demonstrate life change and be involved in a follow up program for up to one year.

Connect to Care Program

Our Connect to Care (C2C) program is designed to address those ladies who come seeking shelter and have additional issues that require connection with an outside provider to promote a successful move to future stability. The C2C program allows those women to connect with local providers and their services while having the stability of housing with Wheeler Mission. Often this connection is made with mental health providers who also offer housing opportunities and an extended stay at Wheeler Mission is essential for that process to come to completion. While in C2C, the women are able to undergo counseling, medical care, and medication stabilization with their service team while the Center staff provides added support through the day-to-day challenges that are often intensified with a chronic illness or mental health diagnosis. The ladies in this program work a scheduled day attending life skills classes (Anger Management, Life Skills, Addiction/Recovery, Communication Skills, Financial Management, Healthy Relationships, etc.), as well as weekly Bible studies. They also spend time in the Education Center improving academic and or employment skills, working in our Job Center, attending educational/employment training, job seeking, or working assignments around the building. The stay for this program is typically 6-9 months, although there is flexibility for an extended stay if the woman continues to be in compliance with the direction of her mental health provider and the Center and is working to make the final steps in securing safe and affordable housing.

Family Development Program

Our Family Development Program for mothers and their children is a residential program lasting 6-9 months. It is designed to provide stabilization, spiritual development, and skill development. Classes in parenting, life-skills and career development are included. An individualized educational program is supplied for the mothers where they can prepare to earn their GED or improve basic skills. Individual case management and counseling are an important part of this program. Assistance is given with regard to housing and employment procurement.

As a part of the Family Development Program in Indianapolis, we offer a state registered child care ministry with a strong educational emphasis. When mothers are in classes, the children attend age-appropriate educational programs, which include preschool education preparation, social behavior lessons, physical exercise and motor skill development, craft time and introduction to Biblical themes through fun story times. Positive mother and child interaction is facilitated and encouraged.

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Addiction Recovery

Addiction is a common experience for women caught in the cycle of homelessness. Our Higher Ground Addiction Recovery Program is unique in that its focus is total healing through a relationship with Christ.

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Higher Ground Addiction Recovery Program

The Higher Ground Addiction Recovery Program is a transitional, residential program for women struggling with substance abuse issues. It begins highly structured and freedoms increase as the program continues, through a minimum of eight total months. The program is designed to focus on total life change, rather than a single focus on the addiction. The foundation for this change is a relationship with Jesus Christ. The goal is transformation with minds focused on a desire to please God rather than self. Curriculum includes recovery classes and group and individual counseling. Life skills classes are offered in anger management, financial management, and healthy relationships. Ladies also have Bible studies and learn how to apply the Word of God to daily decision making. The progressive nature of the programming allows for growth in skills to include meal planning, shopping, budgeting, and other independent living responsibilities. Individual mental health counseling is available both in-house and with coordinating agencies. The program offers many avenues for developing healthy relationships that will be longstanding upon completion of the in-house programming, so that each graduate leaves with a secure support system in place. Throughout the Higher Ground program, guests participate in Wheeler Mission’s cottage industry called Restored Creations.

Connections Program

Following the eight-month Higher Ground program, a graduate may choose to enter our Connections Program, which offers the graduate continued support while she continues reside under the security of Wheeler Mission’s Center for Women & Children. During this program, the participant would be expected to secure employment and maintain savings in an effort to obtain safe and affordable housing or participate in an educational training program.

Servant Leadership Training Program

Also available following completion of the program is the opportunity to participate in Servant Leadership Training (SLT). This person will serve as an intern in the ministry for another nine months following completion of the Higher Ground program. This program is designed for those who desire an extra challenge and have a desire to further their relationship with God through service in a ministry. These participants will have opportunity to attend biblical counseling classes as well.

Locations

Center for Women and Children

Center for Women & Children

3208 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46201 | MAP

Questions?

317.687.3630

No appointment necessary for emergency shelter

Must make 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

Begun in the early 90’s by a group of concerned businessmen, the Care Center merged with Wheeler Mission Ministries in 2001. In 2009, the Care Center was renamed the Center for Women & Children (CWC). This location provides an environment that is safe physically, emotionally and spiritually. Hundreds of women and mothers with children enter our doors seeking food, clothing and housing, but they also experience love and compassion, bringing rest for their weary souls. National studies indicate that the fastest growing segment of the homeless population consists of women and women with children, making the services offered at the CWC imperative to our community. There are five main programs at the CWC: Emergency Shelter Services, Connect to Care (Special Needs), Fresh Start (Working Guest), Family Development, and Higher Ground Addiction Recovery.

Bloomington Women's Location

Center for Women & Children

400 S. Opportunity Ln., Bloomington, IN 47404 | MAP

Questions?

812.334.4047

No appointment necessary for emergency shelter.

Must have an appointment for addiction recovery program.

Services

  • Meals
  • Shelter
  • Chapel Services
  • Emergency Shelter Services
  • Residential Programs
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About

In October 2015, the Agape House merged with Wheeler Mission Ministries and was renamed the Center for Women & Children – Bloomington (CWC-B). This location provides for the physical, emotional, education, vocational, and spiritual needs of homeless women and women with children. It also provides long-term, case-managed, residential programs to help women live self-sufficient and healthy lives. National studies indicate that the fastest growing segment of the homeless population consists of women and women with children, making the services offered at the CWC-B imperative to our community. There are four main programs at the CWC-B: Emergency Shelter Services, Connect to Care (Special Needs), Fresh Start (Working Guest), and Family Development.

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