Recap: Charrette Week in Bloomington

Throughout the week of April 22–26, community leaders and concerned citizens in the south central region of Indiana convened at City Hall for charrette week, an intensive planning process to develop a new strategy for preventing and ending homelessness in Bloomington and the surrounding counties. The process was coordinated by the South Central Housing Network (SCHN) in partnership with the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH). Thanks to various outreach efforts, the discussions on Monday and Tuesday included a wide cross-section of Bloomington community members from social service agency leaders and government officials to concerned business-owners and individuals experiencing homelessness. Each day had a slate of topics for discussion with one hour set aside for a panel of experts to offer insights from past experiences and the following hour opened up for input from attendees. Notes from the second hour of each discussion are available on the SCHN website here:

At the end of the week, draft recommendations were presented to the public and the floor was opened again for community feedback on the plan. In the coming months, SCHN will work together with a variety of community entities to implement this new plan for better addressing issues of housing and homelessness in Region 10.

For more information, check out these articles from the Herald Times:

8-hour meeting weighs ideas on homelessness
Residents, community leaders seek solutions to homelessness
Findings from homelessness charrettes summarized, recommendations discussed

Join the New Hope Team! Positions Available for Summer

As the Spring Semester winds down and many of our dedicated volunteers and interns will be leaving for the summer, New Hope is recruiting for a variety of positions including interns, staff, and an AmeriCorps Service Member. For more information, click on the title of each position listed below:
We are also always looking for volunteer site supervisors to serve weekly shifts of 4-6 hours, especially on the weekends in the summer. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to know more about any of the above positions, please contact our director, Elaine Guinn, at:

American Legion Breakfast to Benefit New Hope

On Saturday May 4th, from 8-11 am, the American Legion post in Bloomington (1800 W. 3rd St) will host a breakfast to benefit New Hope Family Shelter. Tickets are $7 per person for an all-you-can-eat breakfast, and all proceeds will go to supporting our shelter. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. To purchase a ticket, please contact any New Hope board member or Jim Riley at: 812-340-3052 / 

Join us: Charrette Week in Bloomington, IN

Monday, April 22nd marks the beginning of Charrette Week in Bloomington! The South Central Housing Network in partnership with the Corporation for Supportive Housing will host two days of intensive discussions centered around developing a strategy to prevent and end homelessness in our region. These discussions will take place from 8 am - 4 pm on April 22nd and 23rd in the Council Chambers at Bloomington City Hall (401 N. Morton St.).

Topics for discussion include:
  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Right Services in the Right Place: Regional Coordination
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Employment and Education
  • Crime, Safety, and Prejudice
  • Housing Stability First: Affordable and Supportive Housing
After gathering input from community members, the findings of the charrette will be presented on Friday, April 26th, from 1:00-3:00 pm at Bloomington City Hall.

Please consider attending this important event to make your voice heard and participate in a community planning process. For more information, please contact Nancy Hiestand at:

Bike for Hope: March 23rd

On Saturday, March 23, 2013, volunteers for New Hope Family Shelter will set up shop in three locations around town to “bike for hope” with the intent of raising awareness and funds for the shelter. Stationary bikes and information tables will be positioned at the entrance to Bloomingfoods East and West from 9 am – 9 pm, as well as on the patio at Upland Brewing Company from 12 – 10 pm.
At each location, volunteers have committed to riding the stationary bikes for the entire day, with the goal of biking a collective 3,354 miles over the course of the event, representing the number of nights of shelter that New Hope provided for individuals in 2012. Additionally, volunteers will be on hand to collect donations for the shelter and share information about the services that New Hope has to offer. Both monetary and in kind donations will be accepted at all locations.

Interested in making a pledge or donation in the name of one of our bikers? Donate here through our Just Give portal. Not sure of how much to pledge or donate? We have a few ideas...
  • $1 per minute that your friend rides the bike. 30 minute shift = $30, 1 hour shift = $60, etc...
  • $5 per mile that your friend rides throughout the day. 6 miles = $30
  • 1 penny per mile that we ride collectively. 3,354 miles = $33.54
  • 1 nickel per mile that we ride collectively. 3,354 miles = $167.70
We'll be tracking our miles and minutes of bike riding time throughout the day, so feel free to stop by at any point to drop off a donation or make a pledge!

We are also still in need of some bike riders and volunteers to manage the information tables. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Caitlin Ryan at: