It has been estimated that nearly 400 individuals in the community do not have stable housing. At this month’s Wake Up! with United Way, we will hear from some of these individuals who have volunteered to share their experiences.

Tune in on Thursday, April 8 from 8 – 9 a.m. for the discussion on “Experiencing Homelessness in Bloomington” and hear personal experiences with homelessness and housing insecurity and learn what we can do better to support unhoused individuals and families. Thanks to Rev. Forrest Gilmore, Executive Director of Beacon, Inc. for moderating this event.

Attendees will have the opportunity to deepen their awareness about someone else’s reality while learning about the challenges, innovations, collaborations, resources available through area nonprofits, and how to get more involved in making a difference. Guests are invited to come with questions for the speakers or just listen and learn.

As the region rebuilds from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Wake Up! with United Way season focuses on Building a Better Normal. Each month’s discussion will bring to light how to engage to create a brighter future that works for everyone in our community, including topics like homelessness, food security, and workers’ rights.

Wake Up! with United Way is co-hosted by United Way of Monroe County and Indiana University's Political and Civic Engagement program, with support from presenting sponsors Bloomington Township, Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, Duke Energy, IU Credit Union, and Old National Bank.

This is a free event, but RSVP before the event via the Eventbrite link found at www.monroeunitedway.org/WakeUp.


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