The Wheeler Mission Center for Women and Children, located at 3208 East Michigan Street, was chosen for investment through the City of Indianapolis’ New Markets Tax Credit award. Wheeler Mission, founded in 1893, is a non-denominational Christian organization that provides vital goods and services to the homeless population of Indiana. With nine locations in Indianapolis and Bloomington and nearly 200 employees, Wheeler Mission is the largest ministry of its kind in Indiana. The Center for Women and Children, located on the Near Eastside, provides a variety of services to women and children experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis. The Center helps provide for the basic needs of the people they serve by offering shelter and serving meals. Medical clinics and other residential services are also available to provide residents and those seeking emergency shelter with more well-rounded care. The use of New Markets Tax Credits to help expand the Center for Women and Children will compliment and ongoing capital campaign that aims to raise $12 million for the project. Plans indicate that the Center could add 164 permanent beds, 40 emergency shelter beds, 84 family shelter beds, and 30 transitional apartments. Other services offered to residents and those seeking shelter will also be expanded. This expansion will allow the Wheeler Mission Center for Women and Children to help many more women and children deal with the struggles of homelessness, hopefully enabling many to find permanent shelter and stability.
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