Help for homeless individuals in Bloomington

Saving Lives, Building Futures

Help for individuals experiencing homelessness in Bloomington

Since 2017, the number of individuals experiencing homelessness seeking services at Wheeler Mission—Bloomington has increased by 65%.


And during these challenging times, more people than ever are struggling to make ends meet.


Wheeler Mission—Bloomington’s mission is simple: Provide life-changing help and restore people’s hope through God’s love.


If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness, poverty, or any other difficult circumstance, there is hope. We offer faith-based programs and non-discriminatory services that take a holistic approach to help hurting men and women achieve life change. Our safe, loving environment provides physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual care so individuals can get the help they need to restore their spirits and rebuild their lives.

Wheeler Mission provides emergency services to the homeless in Bloomington

Homeless Services

Sometimes our neighbors just need a little help getting back on their feet. Throughout the year, emergency shelter services are offered to those in need at Wheeler Mission—Bloomington. Guests are offered the following services during their short-term stay with us:

  • Emergency shelter
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Shower availability
  • Clothing/toiletry item distribution


Each person also receives case management support, life skills development, and job readiness training. Our case management team makes any needed referrals to other Bloomington-area social service organizations for medical, employment, and housing assistance.

Having this stability allows our guests to learn more about Wheeler Mission—Bloomington’s long-term programs in the event someone needs additional services and time to recover.

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Winter Contingency Program (Winter Shelter)

Everyone should have a safe, warm place to stay in bad weather. During times of inclement weather, between November and March, Wheeler Mission—Bloomington partners with the Bloomington Police Department and other local outreach teams. Our goal is to ensure any person experiencing homelessness has a warm bed to sleep in and three hot, nourishing meals to eat each day at our facilities.


Our Winter Contingency (Winter Shelter) program is made possible through collaboration with the following Bloomington-area organizational partnerships:


  • Centerstone
  • Bloomington Police Department’s Downtown Resource Officer branch
  • IU Health
  • HealthNet
  • Meadows Hospital
  • New Leaf – New Life
  • Bloomington Housing Authority
  • Beacon, Inc.
Wheeler Mission provides residential programs for Bloomington

Residential Programs

For individuals who need more support as they are working to rebuild their lives, we offer a variety of long-term, residential programs. Wheeler Mission—Bloomington’s guests can choose to voluntarily commit to our long-term programming for greater time and stability to land back on their feet.


The following long-term programs continue to provide individuals with shelter, meals, case management, and other essential services. All our programs are designed with the goal of helping guests experience lasting change through a relationship with Christ.


If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, please read more about our Hebron program.

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Employed offers temporary housing and support for men who are already working full-time, part-time, or as temporary employees within the Bloomington area. They can choose to stay at Wheeler Mission—Bloomington’s Center for Men for 60 days (extensions available) in order to save money while they successfully transition into permanent, independent housing.


Shelter extensions are granted by our case management team based on determined need. Working guests receive individualized case management and participate in life-skill classes, such as conflict resolution and interpersonal communications, during their stay.


Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.


Our Foundations program gives men in Bloomington and South Central Indiana a solid groundwork for successful, independent living.


Foundations is a two-phase program totaling up to 180 days (with extensions available). It is designed to help men who need short-term housing while they gain the life skills and other support services to overcome barriers to employment and permanent housing.


In addition to having their basic needs met – such as meals, shelter, showers, and clothing distribution – men within our Foundations program participate in the following activities:


  • Case management assistance to empower guests to achieve income and housing stability
  • Daily classroom instruction covering life skills such as conflict resolution, communication, listening, and interpersonal relationship development
  • Job training in the areas of housekeeping and food service
  • Job readiness classes covering resume development, interviewing skills, Microsoft Office training, and computer basics
  • Financial stewardship instruction in preparation for personal budgeting, debt reduction, and savings
  • Mentorship and peer counseling for encouragement and accountability


1 Timothy 6:18-19 Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.

Servant Leader Training (SLT)

Servant Leader Training (SLT): is for graduates of our programs who decide to receive ministry training by serving within a Christian context. It is a nine-to-twelve-month residential internship program for individuals who have completed a level 2 program and are seeking opportunities to serve others. This internship allows an individual to be trained while continuing to serve in Christian community. He or she will be able to address life issues, assist case managers, and develop God-given gifts/talents.


2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

Providing for people who are homeless in Bloomington


Sometimes it takes a little longer for our guests to have the contacts and confidence to successfully re-enter society. Graduates of our Foundations or Hebron programs are given the opportunity to stay an additional 90 days (with extensions available) at Wheeler Mission—Bloomington through our Connect program.


Connect’s goal is to establish and retain local community relationships for program participants to help them build a system of support. A major component of this is church involvement, to ensure each man is holistically nurtured emotionally, physically, and spiritually.


Men in Connect continue to receive shelter and food while participating in the program and growing their network of support in their local church and community. Meanwhile, job readiness, financial management, and life skills classes remain available for Connect participants while our case management provides them with assistance in identifying employment and housing opportunities.


Connect acts as a bridge between program graduates and society, so men can become productive, healthy community members of Bloomington and South Central Indiana.


Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

Supportive Care

For any Connect program graduate who needs additional transitional care to move from homelessness to independent stability, help is available. Wheeler Mission—Bloomington offers men an extended stay of 18 months (with approved extensions) through our Supportive Care program.


Our Supportive Care program gives guests the opportunity to reside in an apartment-like setting while paying an affordable monthly program fee. Residents also receive case management to help them overcome barriers in achieving long-term success, choose life skill elective opportunities, and maintain a steady income.

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Thank You to Our Bloomington Corporate Sponsors!


These generous companies are stepping up to provide significant, vital resources and support, and are actively involved at Wheeler Mission—Bloomington. Thank you!


Center for men in Bloomington

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




No appointment necessary for emergency shelter


  • Meals
  • Shelter
  • Community Day Room
  • Residential Programs
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In October 2015, Backstreet Missions merged with Wheeler Mission and was renamed the Wheeler Mission Center for Men. This location offers emergency shelter to assist the needs of men who need immediate shelter, as well as case-managed programs to assist the needs of men requiring long-term solutions.