About Us

New Hope Family Shelter, Inc.

New Hope Family Shelter is our community's response to a need established as a priority at the 2010 Homelessness Summit. New Hope is the only emergency shelter in Monroe County that keeps homeless families together -- a critical aspect of any strategy to address the problems that lead to homelessness.

New Hope Family Shelter’s mission is to provide temporary shelter for homeless families in Bloomington and Monroe County and, in collaboration with other agencies, to help those families regain housing by addressing the problems that led to homelessness. The shelter provides accommodation for up to six families at a time for up to 90 days each while our case manager and director works with those families in daily contact and weekly conferences.

Moms and dads who are homeless have adult problems that are addressed by the New Hope Plan: case management plus shelter. Case management means developing strategies for adults to find stability – both in housing and employment. For children, case management means helping them navigate the complexity of living in poverty.

Homelessness creates a profound instability for children about where they live, moving from school to school, and parents who are upset because at the moment they are unable to make a safe and secure place for their children. New Hope was founded to specifically address the challenges families experiencing homelessness face. The needs and well-being of shelter children are at the center of New Hope operations. From age-appropriate toys, books, and school materials, to programs that help connect children to healthy recreation, foods, and experiences, staff and volunteers at New Hope help children overcome the emotional and social difficulties of homelessness.

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Board of Directors 2016

Mark Crain
Steve Dyer
Mike Gentile
Megan Gibbons
Karen Hicks

Mark Norris
Liz McCray
Jim Riley
Ken Ritchie
Sue Shindell
John VanderZee
Wendy VanderZee

Executive Director

Elaine Guinn

Staff + Interns

Leon Gordon (Assistant Director - Case management)
Josh Hobbs (Shift Lead - Community Coordinator)

Mary Bowles (Site Supervisor)
 Brody Long (Site Supervisor)
Annie Rowland (Site Supervisor) 

Kelli Deckard (IUPUI School of Social Work Masters - Intern)

Emily Pike (Director of New Hope Early Childhood Center)

Dana Cook (Early Childhood Teacher)
Kate Gehringer (Early Childhood Teacher)