Me-focused to We-focused

Who We Are

Wheeler Mission helps the homeless in Indiana. Wheeler is a non-denominational, Christian, social services organization, which provides critically needed goods and services to the homeless, poor, and needy of central Indiana without regard to race, color, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, or religion.

Wheeler is not a church, but does cooperate with many different churches that are concerned about poverty and homelessness in the inner city.

Founded in 1893, Wheeler is the oldest continuously operating ministry of its kind in the state of Indiana. Click here for more history.

8 locations, dozens of ministries, a $10.1 million budget and 140 employees. Wheeler is the largest and most diverse ministry of its kind in the state.

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.


What We Believe

This statement of our faith shall keep each of us grounded in Biblical truth so that we can lead others to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and correctly disciple them.

The following declarations are statements of fundamental doctrines with which all who serve Wheeler Mission, Inc. should be in agreement:

We believe in the Scripture of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired by God, and inerrant in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.

Ps. 1; John 1:1, 14; Rom. 2:11-22; 1 Thess. 2:13; II Tim. 3:16-17; II Peter 2:20-21; 1 John 2:1-5

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Gen. 1:1-2, 26; Matt. 16:16-17; Matt. 28:18-19; John 1:1, 14; Acts 5:3-4; I Cor. 2:9-11; Phil. 2:5-11; Heb. 1:1-14

We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned, and thereby incurred, not only physical death, but also that spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility become sinners in thought, word and deed.

Gen. 1: 26-27; Gen. 3:1-19; Ps. 51:5; Is. 43:7; Is. 64:6; Rom. 3:23; Rom. 5:12; I Thess. 5:23; Heb. 4:12

We believe that the Lord Jesus died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood.

Rom. 5:8; Rom. 8:12-17; Phil. 2:9-11; Heb. 9:13-28; I John 2:2

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary and is true God and true man.

Is. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-20; John 3:17; Gal. 4:4; Phil. 2:5-11; I Tim. 2:5-6

We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and in His present life there for us, as a High Priest and Advocate.

John 1:29-36, 10:11-15; John 3:16-17; Rom. 3:25, 10:3; Rom. 5:10-11; Rom. 8:32-35; II Cor. 5:21; Phil. 2:5-11; Heb. 2:17

We believe in “that blessed hope,” the personal and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Dan. 2:44; Matt. 24:30-31; Matt. 24:36-44; John 5:28-30; Acts 1:9; I Cor. 15:50-57; I Thess. 4:13-17

We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God

John 3:1-16; Rom. 8:15; II Cor. 5:17; Eph. 1:3-14

We believe that Jesus Christ will personally and visibly return in glory to raise the dead and bring salvation and judgment to completion.  God will fully manifest His kingdom when He establishes a new heaven and new earth, in which He will be glorified forever and exclude all evil, suffering and death.

Ps. 1:5; Matt 12:36; Rom. 4:10; Rom. 6:5; 1 Cor. 4:5, 3:13-14; II Cor. 5:10; I Thess. 4:13-17; I Tim. 3:6; Heb. 9:27; Jude 1:6; Rev. 20:5-6

Please consider joining our efforts as we watch joy and hope renewed in the lives of those we serve as they discover God’s purposes for their lives.

Rick A. Alvis

President and CEO

Our History

1893 - 1987

William V. Wheeler's Doors of Hope in 1893


The Mission is founded under the name Door of Hope. It’s led by a hardware salesman, William V. Wheeler, who volunteers his time.


William Wheeler dies, and organization is renamed in his honor.


Present building built at 245 North Delaware Street.


Wheeler’s own camp (later named Camp Hunt) opens.

1988 - 2001


Rick Alvis becomes President/CEO.


Wheeler begins to transform the Dearborn Hotel at 3208 East Michigan Street into a youth and family center, named the John D. Hughes Community Center, after its chief benefactor.


Wheeler and The Care Center merge.

2002 - 2009


Wheeler purchases the building adjacent to the men’s shelter at 205 East New York Street.


Wheeler merges with Lighthouse Mission to enhance the programs offered to homeless men (later renamed Shelter for Men).


The Care Center moves to the Community Center at 3208 East Michigan Street and is renamed to Center for Women & Children.

2009 - 2016


New addition to Shelter for Men. Merged with Backstreet Missions in Bloomington, IN.