We're here for you!

MCUM's Self-Sufficiency Center provides both basic needs assistance and longer-term self-sufficiency services to Monroe County residents.

Basic needs can be in the form of groceries, cleaning and hygiene products, financial assistance to cover rent or utilities expenses, and clothing and small housewares.

Self-Sufficiency services include creating savings accounts and plans, pursuing better employment or education opportunities, creating connections to other agencies, and more.

Some of our program's features include:

Client-choice food pantry where you can shop for your family's groceries.

Matched savings accounts, financial assistance, & microlending

Full-size cleaning & hygiene products


What would you like to do?

More about our program

Monroe County United Ministries
827 West 14th Court
Bloomington, IN 47404

We are on the #2 bus route.

We are located in the Self-Sufficiency Center building.



8 AM – 5 PM on Mondays & Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays.

Walk-in hours are 12-4:00 Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Friday.

Who to contact

For self-sufficiency coaching or basic needs inquiries, please email Kay at kgoodman@mcum.org.

For financial assistance or basic needs inquiries, please email Erin at evaughn@mcum.org.

For general inquiries, please email Sherene at sing@mcum.org.

Referrals & Collaboration

If we can’t do it here, we will help you find someone who can! We work with a variety of other organizations in Monroe County and would be happy to introduce you to them. Some of our most common referrals include:

  • Catholic Charities (mental health services)
  • Indy Health Net – formerly Volunteers in Medicine (physical health services)
  • St. Vincent de Paul (furniture, rent/utilities)
  • Compass Early Learning Center (childcare)
  • Ivy Tech Community College (higher education)
  • Broadview Adult Learning Center (GED)
  • SCCAP (housing)
  • Habitat for Humanity (housing)
  • Bloomington WorkOne (employment services)

and more!!!!


Your Path  looks at five important and inter-connected topics that can improve self-sufficiency:

  1. Family Stability: housing, meeting basic needs
  2. Well-being: health, social networks
  3. Financial Management: debt, savings
  4. Education & Job Training
  5. Employment

It is an opt-in program where you will work with a coach on one of the five areas of your choice.

Your Path participants are paired with one of our coaches. You will meet with your coach every few weeks to set a goal in one of the areas listed above and work toward achieving it. We will provide incentives (gas cards, snacks, celebrations, etc.!) for your work along the way. There is no cost and you can participate as long as you would like. This is a voluntary, self-driven opportunity. Typically, Your Path is at least a one-year commitment, if not longer.