A message from the Executive Director

I have taken many things for granted in my lifetime, we all do.

Today I realized the jingling of keys to open the door to a home is among those things.

One of our families have never had keys to open their own door until now. They were so grateful they brought these flowers by the shelter after they moved into their new home.

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: http://www.southcentralhousing.org/

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: director@nhfsinc.org.

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 / jim@nhfsinc.org.