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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Homeless Services

We offer women and women with children a 30-day program designed to assist them 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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Foundations

Foundations gives individuals a good, solid groundwork for successful, independent living by addressing specific issues that contribute to life instability and homelessness. This is a 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. Guests in Foundations who need additional support for mental health challenges are able to undergo counseling, medical care, and medication stabilization with a service team while the Wheeler staff provides added support through the day-to-day challenges that are often intensified with a chronic illness or mental health diagnosis. The goal is to have all guests move to safe, affordable housing within six months, find employment, mend broken relationships, demonstrate life change, and be involved in a follow-up program for up to one year.

 

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.

Revive

Revive is a program for women with children that focuses on reviving the family unit by providing basic necessities along with life skills and parenting classes. It is a 6-9 month program 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.

 

Psalm 143:11 For the sake of Your name, O Lord, revive me. In Your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble.

Revive: Kids

Our Revive: Kids program provides high-quality, developmentally-appropriate childcare for children while they are staying at Wheeler Mission. Our state registered child care ministry has 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.

 

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.

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Addiction Recovery

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

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Higher Ground

Higher Ground assists women struggling with substance abuse and other life-dominating sins by focusing on a total life change through a relationship with Christ. It is a transitional, residential program that 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 Higher Ground , guests participate in Wheeler Mission’s social enterprise Restored Creations.

 

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,

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. Connect offers continued support while graduates continue to 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.

 

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

Equip: Higher Ground

Equip is specialized for graduates of our programs who decide to receive additional training by serving within our mission. 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.

 

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

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 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.

Volunteers are needed at all different areas of the Mission.

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Our men’s and women’s facilities have urgent needs for clothing and food.