2013 Homeward Bound Walk

Mark your calendars - Sunday, April 14, 2013 is the official date for the 11th annual Homeward Bound 5K Walk! Homeward Bound is a part of a series of eleven local fundraisers occurring throughout Indiana. As the largest collaboration of nonprofits in Bloomington, it’s a great way to get involved in the community and help work to alleviate homelessness and poverty. Over the past decade, this local event has raised $574,690, 100% of which goes directly to the 12 participating agencies to help people experiencing homelessness with shelter, food, and other emergency assistance needs.
Homeward Bound Bloomington will celebrate from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 14 at Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park (formerly Third Street Park). Gather a group of your family, friends, or co-workers and form a team!  Registration and donation information is available on the Homeward Bound website. The walk itself is free and open to the public, and the day includes entertainment, food, and refreshments, along with the opportunity to connect with others in the community. If you would like a Homeward Bound t-shirt, there is a minimum $20 donation (will be raised to $25 on April 11).

To register today and join the New Hope Team, click here, select "join an existing team," select "New Hope Family Shelter" as the team, and follow the instructions. Caitlin Ryan is the New Hope Team Leader this year. Once you've created your account, log in and make a donation to ensure that you get your free t-shirt! If you are not interested in joining us for the walk but you would like to donate, click here and use the button on the right to donate on behalf of our team.

Make Your Voice Heard: Community Meeting on March 5th

SCHNThe South Central Housing Network in partnership with the Corporation for Supportive Housing invite you to attend a Community Meeting to weigh in on the most pressing issues in regards to homelessness in our region. This meeting will be held at St. Paul's Catholic Church (1413 E 17th St, Bloomington IN) at 1 pm on March 5th.

Using the input gathered from this community meeting, CSH and SCHN will host an event called a charette, later in April that will guide the region through the process of creating a comprehensive plan for tackling homelessness in South Central Indiana. Our Executive Director, Elaine Guinn, is serving on the steering committee for this charette, and invites all members of the community to participate and make your voice heard!

For answers to questions regarding this meeting, please contact Nancy Hiestand at heistann@bloomington.in.gov.

Connect With Us

Did you know that New Hope is on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest?

Our social media and multimedia production interns have been hard at work updating our social media outlets with daily updates from the shelter, current shelter needs, inspirational quotes, crafts for kids, and family friendly events around town. We are also currently working on a few YouTube videos, to be published in early March.

Check us out, and please share with family and friends:


Happy New Year from New Hope!

Happy New Year from all of us at New Hope Family Shelter!

As 2013 began, we took some time to look back on 2012 and what we were able to do for our community thanks to the generous support of many individuals and organizations who joined us in our mission.

From January through December of 2012, New Hope provided 3,354 nights of shelter for individuals in the community, including 24 families made up of 36 adults and 35 children. In late December we opened our second shelter house, doubling our capacity to serve families in Monroe County. Since its opening, the shelter has been full, with a total of six families in residence.

We also published an annual report in the fall, detailing New Hope's accomplishments during its first year of operation. This includes activity from the beginning of New Hope as a non-profit in January of 2011 through July 19, 2012, marking the first full year of New Hope providing shelter for families in Monroe County. To view an electronic version of our Year I Annual Report, please click here.

As always, thank you for your support of New Hope Family Shelter. We are looking forward to a great year in 2013!