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Wake Up! with United Way: Unpacking the Point in Time Count

Homelessness: Unpacking the Point in Time Count 
On Thursday, September 12th, 
Is homelessness on the rise locally? Nationally? How do we know what the trends are, and who makes up this population? Join us on September 12th, as the Rev. Forrest Gilmore, Executive Director of Shalom Community Center, takes us through the data, as well as the volunteer-intensive process for gathering it each year. 
What: Wake Up! with United Way: Homelessness - Unpacking the Point in Time Count
When: Thursday, September 12, 7:45 am - 9 am
Where: The Mill, 642 N Madison St.
The $10 cost of your ticket will cover breakfast, with remaining proceeds supporting United Way of Monroe County's efforts to address our community's critical needs today, while reducing those needs tomorrow.
We look forward to seeing you at The Mill!
Parking information:
The Mill is located at 642 N Madison just across the street from Upland Brewing. Vehicles may be parked at the lot at 10th and Rogers, the Morton Street garage at 220 N Morton St, or on-street on 11th or Rogers. There is bike parking on the West and South sides of the building and the #2 Bus travels along Morton street.
Please enter through the lower entrance, near the southwest corner of the building.
If you need accessible parking, please contact Alison Zook at
Presenting Sponsor:
Wake Up! with United Way is a collaborative project of United Way of Monroe County and Indiana University's Political and Civic Engagement Program, with thanks to Old National Bank for series support.
Upcoming Events:
Sept. 12: Unpacking the Homelessness Point in Time Count
Oct. 10: Food Insecurity in Monroe County
Nov. 14: Promising Innovations in Healthcare Access
Dec. 12: Social Services in Monroe County:  A Needs Assessment
Previous Events:
On August 8, the topic, "Autism Spectrum Disorder: What to Know” was explored by Jim Wiltz, PhD HSPP, a licensed psychologist with 25 years experience working with people who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). He is the director of Milestones, the clinical division of Stone Belt, that specializes in the support of people with Autism and other developmental disabilities. Out of every 68 children in the United States, one will receive a diagnosis along the Autism Spectrum. As the condition impacts brain development and how a person perceives and socializes with others, understanding on the part of any community goes a long way towards fostering sensitivity and inclusivity. This presentation focused on the basics of Autism Spectrum Disorder including a brief history of the diagnosis, why there seems to be an increase in the number of people who have ASD, and useful tips on how to handle routine daily activities as well as crisis situations.
On July 11th, panelists Jeff Baldwin, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington; Kaitlin King, LCSW, Senior Clinical Therapist at Catholic Charities Bloomington; Jerry M. Jesseph, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Professor with the IU School of Medicine; and Jacek Kolacz, Ph.D., Assistant Research Scientist with The Traumatic Stress Research Consortium (TSRC) Kinsey Institute Indiana University explored the topic of "Unteachable and Difficult - Understanding Childhood Trauma.” Read more >>
On June 13th, coffee and scones were the perfect pairing with the third monthly Wake Up! With United Way breakfast panel. More than 30 attendees got up bright and early on Thursday, June 13th to participate in a discussion about “Disability and Inclusivity in the Workplace." Panelists included Brandi Hamilton, Director of Community Services for LifeDesigns; Randy Paul, a longtime local community organizer and activist; and Angie Vandersteen, Business Development Manager with Indianapolis-based disability partner, Tangram Business Resourcing. Read more >>
On May 9th, community members were up bright and early to learn more about the topic “Evicted! Poverty, Policy, and the Law” during the second monthly “Wake Up! with United Way” breakfast panel. The crowd of more than 40 attendees gathered at The Mill to hear from panelists Marcy Wenzler from the Housing Law Center at Indiana Legal Services, Sarah Boomsma from the Bloomington Housing Authority, and Sandi Clothier, from Monroe County United Ministries. Read more >>
On April 11th the topic "Homelessness in Bloomington” was examined by the Rev. Forrest Gilmore of Shalom Community Center, Emily Pike of New Hope for Families, and a member of the community personally impacted by homelessness. Read more >>
About the series:
Join us the second Thursday each month from 7:45am to 9am for breakfast, networking, and an enlightening presentation and discussion of timely topics. Alongside friends, neighbors, nonprofits and community partners, learn more about issues that directly or indirectly affect everyone in our area: homelessness; innovative treatments for substance use disorder; the intersection of housing and poverty; raising children in the 21st century; and disabilities in the workplace, among others. You’ll have the opportunity to deepen your awareness about someone else's reality while learning about the challenges, innovations, collaborations, and resources available through area nonprofits.

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