Wheeler Mission’s Facts and Figures

Our Mission

To provide Christ-centered programs and services for the homeless and those in need.

 

Our Vision

To see every man, woman, and child we serve equipped to be productive citizens who enjoy lasting success in Christ.

 

Our History

Founded in 1893, Wheeler Mission is the oldest continuously operating ministry of its kind in the state of Indiana. Wheeler offers the Indianapolis and Bloomington communities emergency shelter, residential programming, addiction recovery, and work enterprise. Originally a small shelter for women called Door of Hope, Wheeler has expanded to 9 locations, dozens of ministries, a $11.8 million budget, and 180+ employees. While our programs and services have adapted to meet the ever-changing needs of our communities, we remain focused and unwavering in our commitment to Christ and the transformation that is possible through the Gospel. For more on our history, go here (scroll down towards the bottom).

 

The Crisis

While Indianapolis is undoubtedly a vibrant city, troubling statistics paint a dismal picture for many of its residents. The US Census reports that 20.9% of the Indianapolis population (approximately 179,000 people) live at or below poverty level. Further studies show that approximately 12,000 people in Indianapolis are experiencing homelessness.

 

A Remarkable Trajectory

In 2019, Wheeler Mission:

  • Served 339,315 meals
  • Provided 255,359 nights of shelter
  • Helped 9,640 men, women, and children

 

Restoring Lives Throughout Indianapolis and Bloomington

Men’s Services:

  • Shelter for Men (520 E Market St., Indianapolis, IN 46204)
  • Men’s Residential Center (245 N Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46204)
  • Center for Men (215 S Westplex Ave., Bloomington, IN 47404)
  • Hunt Training Center (7790 N Fish Rd., Bloomington, IN 47408)

 

Women’s Services:

  • Center for Women & Children (3208 E Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46201)
  • Center for Women & Children – Bloomington (400 S Opportunity Ln., Bloomington, IN 47404)

 

Social Enterprises:

  • Wheeler Mission Store + Donation Center (2730 S. Madison Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46225)
  • Restored Creations
  • Wheeler Mission Pallets & Industry

 

Annual Report

Learn more about our financials, community impact and accomplishments here.

 

Wheeler Mission’s Boilerplate (For Indianapolis Media)

Founded in 1893, Wheeler Mission is a holistic ministry that provides Christ-centered programs and services for people who are homeless and in need. Its dynamic and innovative programming addresses the root of each crisis and addiction, effectively advancing guests toward recovery, stability, and self-sufficiency. A fixture in Central Indiana, Wheeler is the largest and most diverse agency of its kind in the state and operates nine facilities throughout both Indianapolis and Bloomington. In 2019, Wheeler assisted 9,640 men, women, and children, served 339,315 meals, and provided 255,359 nights of shelter. Beyond meeting basic needs, Wheeler Mission provides vital services such as addiction recovery, counseling, job and life skills training, adult education, mentorship, aftercare, and more. After more than 126 years of service, Wheeler’s vision remains “To see every man, woman and child we serve equipped to be productive citizens who enjoy lasting success in Christ.”

 

Wheeler Mission-Bloomington’s Boilerplate (For Bloomington Media)

Founded in 1893, Wheeler Mission is a holistic ministry that provides Christ-centered programs and services for people who are homeless and in need. Its dynamic and innovative programming addresses the root of each crisis and addiction, effectively advancing guests toward recovery, stability, and self-sufficiency. A fixture in Indiana, Wheeler is the largest and most diverse agency of its kind in the state and operates nine facilities throughout both Indianapolis and Bloomington. Wheeler Mission’s Bloomington shelters are the Center for Men and the Center for Women & Children. In 2019, Wheeler Mission-Bloomington assisted 1,191 men, women, and children, served 85,733 meals, and provided 44,157 nights of shelter. For the Bloomington community, Wheeler Mission provides vital services such as addiction recovery, counseling, job and life skills training, adult education, mentorship, aftercare, and more.