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A peek at the increasing need in Bartholomew County

Across our community, the number of our neighbors who are in need is increasing.

More people need assistance feeding their families. More people need tools and resources to help them escape crisis situations, and the average amount of crisis benefits people need are increasing.  Children who need mental healthcare as being placed on waiting lists because of the demand.

United Way of Bartholomew County and our partners were made for helping the community is these situations.

Here is a quick look at how the need is increasing through United Way’s certified agencies:

Family Service

Family Service has a waiting list for people who need mental healthcare, with more and more youth requesting assistance. 

The number of scholarships needed to afford services are increasing.

There is a shortage on therapists to meet this need. 

Foundation for Youth

Foundation for Youth is seeing families and kids who are affected by trauma and the economic, social, and emotional challenges of the last few years have an affect on kid’s ability to succeed.

Human Services

The average crisis benefit is $509.08 which is up from last year’s average of $251.87.

Applications are processed in the order they are received with an emphasis on crisis applications to help ensure no one is disconnected.

Just Friends

Indiana ranks 48th in the nation for choosing where you live as you age. 

75% of Hoosiers want to live the entirety of their lives at home, but only 40% can because of affordability and lack of home-based providers. 

Lincoln Central Family Neighborhood Center

LCFNC had 750 children helped for Angels of Love, which surpassed the number of donations, causing them to dip into their budget to meet the need.

The number of people requesting hygiene kits and cleaning supplies is up. 

Turning Point Domestic Violence Services

This was a 181% increase in intimate partner deaths. It may be worth noting that we are seeing this rise in lethality in the communities Turning Point serves.

Agency wide, as of October 31, Turning Point served 85 adults and 69 of their children in the Emergency Residential Shelter for a total of 5,141 nights of shelter.

Shelter beds and N-R caseloads has remained at full capacity all year.

Turning Point served 837 program participants in Non-Residential Services.