The 2nd Annual Holiday Pitch-In for refugees and volunteers

Once again it is time to gather as a welcoming community and celebrate all of our Monroe County refugee residents and all of the volunteers that work with them.

When: Saturday Dec. 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: The First United Church, Fellowship Hall, at 2420 E 3rd St., Bloomington, IN 47401 (Behind the IU Credit Union)

What: A Holiday Pitch-In. If you are able please bring a special food to share that you enjoy this time of year.

This is a great time to greet old friends as well as to meet new ones. There will be activities for children, music and delicious food. We hope to see you there!

Habitat for Humanity 

Habitat for Humanity is a wonderful program that has helped many of our lower income families achieve their own home. 

There is a process for this.   The first step is to attend one of the annual Homeowner information meetings are August 24 or August 26, 2023.

Even if you feel you are not completely ready to take this step, I would encourage you to attend one of these meetings, so you will understand the process for this.  

See attached documents


SABADO, JULIO 08, 2023
8AM -11AM


1. CONTROL DE COLESTEROL (requiere 10 horas de ayuno)
2. DETECCIÓN DE DIABETES (requiere 10 horas de ayuno)


No comas nada 10 horas ANTES del examen de control de colesterol y el de la detección de diabetes. Las vacunas COVID de Moderna (18+) y Prizer (12+) tambien estaran disponibles.

Para más información, llame al (812) 353-3244

City names new Latino outreach coordinator

The City of Bloomington’s Community and Family Resources Department will have a new liaison to the local Hispanic community. 

The department has named Ximena Martinez Ruiz the Latino outreach coordinator, the role previously held by Hamilton’s Chief of Staff Josefa Madrigal. 

As outreach coordinator, Martinez will provide support and information to residents and work with local organizations to make sure they can access services. She’ll also translate for Spanish-only-speaking residents. 


Families First Neighborhood Pantry at Heatherwood

Reminder: Next Monday, 5/15, is the day for the Families First Neighborhood Pantry at Heatherwood,
2 – 4 pm. Come one, come all!

Juneteenth is a Federal Holiday falling on June 19, which is usually a mobile pantry day. That month we will plan to have it on June 12 instead, so please mark your calendars.

El próximo lunes, 5/15, es el día para la despensa Families First del vecindario Heatherwood, de 2 a 4 pm. ¡Venga uno, vengan todos!

Juneteenth es un feriado federal que cae el 19 de junio, que generalmente es un día de despensa móvil. Ese mes planearemos tenerlo el 12 de junio, así que por favor marque sus calendarios.

Lower cost appliances, including washer/dryers / Electrodomésticos a menor costo, incluyendo lavadoras/secadoras

Here are two options for lower cost appliances, including Washer and dryers:

(1) Buy Closeouts (most deeply discounted due to minor scratch/dents) west side Bloomington Address: 3478 W 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47404 Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-7pm; phone: (812) 822-2010; Behind Crew car wash and up the street North from “Once upon a child”. New, units.

(2) Big Jon’s Used Appliances, offers: In-store shopping · Delivery; 611 W 11th St Suite 4, Bloomington, IN 47404 Open Mon-Fri 9:30am-5:3-0 pm; Sat /Sun 10-3pm; Phone: (812) 287-7021

Aquí, dos opciones para electrodomésticos de bajo costo, incluidas lavadoras y secadoras:

(1) Liquidaciones (la mayoría con grandes descuentos debido a rayones/abolladuras menores) West side Bloomington Dirección:

3478 W 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47404

Horario: lunes a sábado de 11 a. m. a 7 p. m.; teléfono: (812) 822-2010; Detrás del lavado de autos Crew y calle arriba al norte de “ONCE UPON A CHILD”. Nuevo, unidades.

(2) Big Jon’s Used Appliances, ofrece: Compras en la tienda Entrega;
611 W 11th St Suite 4, Bloomington, IN 47404

Abierto de lunes a viernes de 9:30 am a 5:3-0 pm; sábados y domingos de 10 a 15 h;
Teléfono: (812) 287-7021

Free Internet for lower income folks / Internet gratis para personas de bajos ingresos

There is a government program Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) that both AT&T and Comcast participate in. For eligible households, this program will give a $30 credit. Plus there is an option for getting an additional line for phone, tablet, etc.
An even better program is Internet Essentials. Which provides basic cable for at $9.95 or even free $0.00) after providing documentation for SNAP, Medicaid, housing assistance or Free Lunch and book program at MCCSC.

I have helped several families enroll with this program.

It is easier to do this when you start service or at the end of your agreed contract (1-2 years).

I attached a brochure for this program with Comcast Xfinity.

This is NOT TV. But only for cable, to get wireless, so school kids and you can interact with school, etc.

The families are able to watch TV, many different free channels using wireless and Roku (or Amazon Fire, etc).

Internet gratis