Serving men in Indiana

Serving Men Experiencing Homelessness

We provide Christ-centered programs and services for men facing homeless, poverty, and addiction. Our services take a holistic approach by providing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual help.

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Homeless Services

We provide 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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Paths Program

Paths is intended to help aid in transitioning guests into programming or moving forward towards ending homelessness. Whether it is with Wheeler Mission programs or through other outpatient programs, the intent is to help guests focus on starting the process of getting their life back together through a structured, up to ten week stay, intended to prepare guests to move in a direction towards being productive citizens. This structure will include specific criteria that must be followed throughout the guests participation in the program. It includes classes, work detail, and the ability to stay drug free throughout the process. Upon successful completion of Paths, the guest will be provided a menu of options to choose from in order to continue moving towards ending their homelessness.

Winter Contingency Program

Winter Contingency 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 Services 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)
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Residential Programs

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

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Crossroads

Crossroads is designed to help men who are experiencing homelessness for the first time by deterring them from a cycle of chronic homelessness. Shelter and meals are provided, as well as case management to help to identify specific causes of homelessness and create a plan to end it. In addition, each man is assisted with temporal needs and a short class each morning that covers topics helpful to resolving their homelessness. Case management staff educate the men on programs and services offered at Wheeler Mission and other outside agencies in hopes of deterring them from entering the cycle of chronic homelessness.

 

Jeremiah 16:6a This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Employed

Employed provides shelter, meals, and limited life skills classes for men who already have employment and need time to save money to transition to permanent, independent living. Guests 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.

 

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

Foundations

Our Foundations program give individuals a good, solid groundwork for successful, independent living by addressing specific issues that contribute to life instability and homelessness. This is a two-phase residential program of Wheeler Mission 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 Foundations 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.

 

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.

Equip: Indy

Equip: Indy is for graduates of our programs who decide to receive additional training by serving within an urban context. It is a nine-month residential internship program for men who have completed Foundations or Hebron and are seeking opportunities to serve men who find themselves experiencing homelesness. 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.

 

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.

Connect

Our Connect program helps program graduates focus on the goals of finding a church, employment, and housing so they can transition back into society and maintain successful, independent living. Graduates continue to receive basic necessities and a path to financial stability while in Connect . This program helps graduates by growing their support and becoming involved members of the local church and community. Connect bridges the gap between program and reentering society.

 

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

Support

Support is for any program graduate who needs additional transitional care to move from homelessness to independent stability. This 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.

 

Psalm 18:35 You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great.

 

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Addiction Recovery

Hebron is a long-term, residential, addiction recovery program that helps men address addictions and other life-dominating sin.

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Hebron

Hebron assists men struggling with substance abuse and other life-dominating sins by focusing on a total life change through a relationship with Christ.

 

Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,

Hebron Orientation

Hebron begins with Hebron Orientation at our Hunt Training Center. During this 6-8-week program, assessments are completed to gauge readiness for change. Legal, medical and other needs are assessed for stabilization. Men learn to work, relate to others in the program, and attend biblical teaching classes. After this orientation program, men will enter the main Hebron program at our Hunt Training Center.

Hebron Addiction Recovery Program

Hebron is a long-term, residential opportunity for men to receive help with addictions and other life-dominating sin. This program is designed to help men learn how to biblically overcome addictions and life-dominating sin. Men will be a part of a group to go through “Behold Your God” daily study with support and training from their assigned Program Manager. During this time, they will attend classes and engage in work training with 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 23 weeks, men will have the choice of entering Wheeler Mission’s Connect or Equip programs, which includes ministry training opportunities.

Connect: Hebron

Our Connect: Hebron program helps Hebron program graduates focus on the goals of finding a church, employment, and housing so they can transition back into society and maintain successful, independent living. Graduates continue to receive shelter and food while in Connect. This program helps graduates by growing their network and becoming involved members of the local church and community. Connect acts as a liaison between program graduates and society.

 

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

Equip: Hebron

Equip: Hebron is a specialized program for men who have completed our addiction recovery program and decide to receive additional training by serving within our mission. Men are mentored by the Equip program manager while continuing to address their personal life issues and deepen their relationship with God. Participants assist program staff with leading other men in Equip. 

 

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.

Locations

Men's Shelter Location

Shelter For Men

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

Questions?

317.687.6795

 

No appointment is 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
  • Short-term Programs
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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

 

An appointment is required for entrance into programs. Appointments can be made by calling the number above and speaking with the appropriate person.

Services

  • Residential Programs
  • Donation Drop-off
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About

Once the location of the Old 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. Residential 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

Services

  • 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 requiring immediate shelter and case-managed programs to assist the needs of men requiring longer term needs.

Training Center at Camp Hunt

Hunt Training Center

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

Questions?

812.332.2452

 

317.750.1471

 

Please call one of the numbers above if you or someone you love is struggling with addiction.

Services

  • Addiction Recovery
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About

Hunt Training Center 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. Hunt Training Center exists to serve men and their families and specializes in serving those overcoming addictions or life-dominating sin.