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Toby Strout, Former Director of Middle Way House

Toby Strout in wireframe glasses, salt-and-pepper hair, brown shirt and necklace, standing with purple stylized "Middle Way House" sign (stylized as MWH in purple letters) behind her.

None of us is as good as we would like to be. I’m always striving to have my character match up with my ideals.

Toby Strout was director for more than 30 years of Bloomington’s Middle Way House, a shelter for women and children that provides transformative services and resources for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

A New York City native, she was involved in social activism from age 11 when she participated in a demonstration at a Woolworth’s store to protest discrimination against African Americans. For many years she taught in New York City public schools, and she received her master’s and doctorate degrees at Indiana University.

The second part of the program includes reminiscences from Strout's friend and colleague Charlotte Zeitlow, and from Debra Morrow, who succeeded Strout as Middle Way House's director.

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