Bloomington center for homeless, hungry needs money to stay open weekends


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WTHR) - An Indiana shelter for the homeless and hungry will close on weekends unless it gets more money - about $86,000.

More than 200 people use the Shalom Community Center in Bloomington every day. They get a hot meal and a warm place to stay, along with a chance to do their laundry, shower and get mail.

A little more than a year ago, the community raised money to open the shelter seven days a week, but that money is running out.

"A lot of people over the weekends just struggle to have a safe place to be and that was a big reason for opening on the weekends, to give people a safe place to be, so they can come in out of the weather," said Rev. Forrest Gilmore, executive director of the Shalom Community Center.

The city, county and generous businesses raised the additional cash the first time. The center is hoping they come through again.

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