Shalom Center Opens Expanded Bloomington Location

The Shalom Center in Bloomington opens a new location aiming to help people who are having trouble meeting their day to day needs.

On a busy Tuesday morning dozens of people waited outside the Shalom Center for the doors to open at 8 a.m. The Shalom Center began operation in Bloomington in 2000. It operated between churches and didn’t have a permanent facility. The new location on South Walnut gives people not only an opportunity to get meals but also have access to things many of us take for granted.

“Clearly if you’re experiencing homelessness, it’s very difficult to access things like showers, laundry facilities, mail and message service. Over 400 people currently receive their mail here at the center, public telephones, a place to store belongings, toiletries,” said Joel Rekas, Executive Director of the Shalom Center.

The Center is also a one stop shop for people to receive access to social services. Vietnam veteran Leslie Mulvey has been working with a VA counselor for the past four months to get his own apartment. “I already seen the paperwork,” Mulvey said, “ I’m just waiting for the paperwork to come through.”

According to Rekas the Center serves to connect people to services and resources they need in the community. “We want people to enter the Shalom Center, connect to the services and resources they need in the community and hopefully from there be able to step out on their own and function a little more effectively” he said.”

Community members and organizations raised the $150,000 to restore and renovate the new Shalom Center. Rekas said it will take about another $50,000 to completely finish the project.

  • ganger

    i think the people of bloomington should sue them providing an address to crime, how many times do you see there address in the police beat too many , the park next to the post office is ramped with arrest if your stupid enough to over look this so be it , many of these so called homeless are drug dealers and are ruining the downtown area they make it unsafe and make real business hard . for who want to be ask for money or i they would want drugs , i do not and so many homes near are at risk just look at the crime beat , you will see these are not people looking for help but a chance to take form the honest hard working who made bloomington what it was . one in particular is dale a harden criminal who is black and will beat you if if he needs and run you off from the park watch out for him . if he thinks you are LE or week he will make your life hard . he has many co harts many in the park know him so be warned .

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