19 Jul Herald Times Sheds Light on the “Crisis on Kirkwood”
Many thanks to Laura Lane, Abby Tonsing, and the Herald Times for highlighting Wheeler Mission’s efforts to serve the Bloomington community and our neighbors facing homelessness, addiction, poverty, and other crises. To view the article, “Crisis on Kirkwood – One Year Later” in its entirety, go here. Wheeler Mission remains vigilant and committed to providing help, hope, and healing to those in desperate need.
The crisis on Kirkwood
Last summer, a crisis escalated in Bloomington, and the community took notice. The evidence of homelessness and addiction was astonishing, leaving city officials, law enforcement, and area service providers with no choice but to urgently address the growing need. With three locations in Bloomington (Center for Men, Hunt Training Center, Center for Women & Children – Bloomington), the Wheeler Mission team recognized its unique position to step forward and expand its efforts to serve even more people.
The crisis on Kirkwood – one year later
The recent Herald Times article articulates Wheeler’s efforts to change the trajectory of homelessness in Bloomington: “The number of people served has doubled since last summer, up to an average of 85 at the men’s shelter every night and another 40 women and children at a nearby shelter . . . Earlier this year, Wheeler Mission got permission from the city to expand the number of beds at the men’s shelter, located on Westplex Avenue off West Third Street, from 50 to 130. ‘We are growing, anticipating the homeless issue is not going away, as we are seeing this huge increase because of the opioid abuse,’ Gordon said.”
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