Tag: Molly Brush

Housing First Approach Increases Number of Shelter Residents in Permanent Homes

In 2015, Martha’s House, the region’s only nonreligious emergency shelter for adults, was facing financial problems serious enough to threaten its survival. In January 2016, Shalom Community Center took over the shelter’s management and renamed it Friend’s Place. Since then, Shalom has implemented a new Housing First approach that has significantly increased the number of shelter residents who find permanent housing.

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Spencer Reimagined

Once an economically vibrant community, Spencer saw its fortunes decline in the last decades of the 20th century. But now things are changing again, and this small Indiana town is in the midst of an economic renaissance.

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Meg Lagodzki: Painter of Limestone Quarries

Six years ago, Bloomington artist Meg Lagodzki, 47, had a serious illness that resulted in the removal of her thyroid. After the surgery, she was entirely unable to speak for two months, and then only in a whisper for a year. The loss of her voice caused Lagodzki to fall into a depression. She coped by returning to oil painting, something she had given up for 10 years to focus on her family—her husband, Karol, and their daughters Maggie, 16, and Ania, 13.

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