Self-Sufficiency Center



Walking in and meeting with a coach at MCUM is a first step that could lead to success and stability. At MCUM, we offer coaching and resource assistance to families and individuals of the Monroe County community who are experiencing hardship. Our program serves to make sure that these crises don’t have to leave families hungry, cold, or faced with utility shut-off or eviction. Whether this crisis is short or long term, we are here to help you form a tailored plan of action.

First time visitors to the Self-Sufficiency Center will complete a brief intake form and meet with a MCUM coach to create a personal game plan directed at bringing your home to financial stability.

Game plans can include:

  • MCUM’s food pantry:
    • Those in need of food will receive a punch card (valid for a set number of visits within three months) for use in MCUM’s new, client-choice food pantry.
    • Clients will be able to visit MCUM at any time during pantry hours to shop from available items for their households, based on family size – those who already have their game plans will not need to meet with a caseworker each time they visit.
  • Opportunity House Voucher for clothing and basic household items.
  • Cleaning supplies, hygiene products, diapers, new socks/underwear.
  • Rent, mortgage, and utility assistance to prevent eviction or utility shut off (assistance is offered once in a 12 month period, by appointment only.)
  • Follow-up meetings with your coach, as needed.
  • Referrals to other community resources.

Our Self-Sufficiency Center hours are:


MCUM values leading clients to self-sufficiency. We see it as our mission to work one-on-one with people to discover what kinds of steps need to be taken to reach their goals and to find stability. Anyone seeking assistance will complete a simple form and visit with an appointed coach to determine how the household’s needs match MCUM’s program services.  Our client-driven program fosters the idea that everyone is in charge of their own destiny. While there are no specific income guidelines to receive assistance, clients are expected to work towards their program goals and take initiative in their sufficiency plan using resources decided upon with each coach.

In 2016, the Self-Sufficiency Center distributed enough food to make over 55,000 meals and prevented 46 households from eviction/utility shut off.  It also provided 10,000 clothing and household items via vouchers to our sister agency, the Opportunity House. The generous financial and in-kind support of individuals, congregations, workplaces, and organizations allows MCUM to continue this important work.

MCUM is located next to Tri-North Middle School and Mills Pool, on the Route #2 West bus line. For more information about local buses, visit the Bloomington Transit site.
A program brochure (8.5×11, double sided) is available to print in English and in Spanish.
Those seeking assistance are encouraged to call 2-1-1 or search the 2-1-1 online database of resources for more information. The Hoosier Hills Food Bank also provides a list of food resources in Monroe and surrounding counties. The City of Bloomington provides links to resource guides that might be helpful to those seeking assistance.

 Please fill out this form to schedule an appointment with one of our coaches. Appointments are offered 8am-12pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays.

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