Giving Back

Shalom Center


Shalom Community Center  is an all-inclusive resource center in Bloomington, IN for people who are living in poverty and experiencing its ultimate expressions: hunger, homelessness, and a lack of access to basic life necessities.

Founded in 2000 in response to a growing community concern about the absence of a safe place for people without homes to go during the day, Shalom has grown rapidly since that time to our current stature as the area’s one-stop resource center for people who are experiencing hunger, homelessness, and poverty.

Shalom is a values-driven agency—hospitality, dignity, empowerment, and hope define all that we do. We use a low barrier approach, a nationally recognized best practice, for reaching those most in need.

Shalom provides hunger relief, day and overnight shelter, housing, social services, financial support, life essentials (like laundry, showers, and mail), and other related health and human services to hundreds of people each day and thousands of people each year. Ninety-six percent of our guests have incomes at or below 30% of the area median income (AMI), which is considered extreme poverty. Sixty percent of our guests are women and children. Eleven percent are veterans.

Shalom also serves as an outreach center where over 2 dozen community agencies meet to help individuals and families with obtaining the assistance they so urgently need.

We are known as one of the busiest social service agencies in Bloomington.