SHINE Foster Family Resources Response to Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 has changed the world as we know it. We at SHINE Foster Family Resources see ourselves as an essential resource for our community and continue to serve new placements while maintaining the safety and health of our board members and volunteers. Prior to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we had a small storefront in the basement of a community center, The Life Center, in Terre Haute, Indiana. We were open three days a week for people to drop off donations or shop our store if qualified. So much has had to change in order to keep everyone safe and healthy!


  • We are accepting cash donations to help maintain our inventory.
  • We are accepting NEW, unopened or items with tags as well as gently used items.
  • We have an Amazon wish list for those interested:
  • All donations are quarantined in our store for 3 days before we sort and store.
  • We are NOT accepting furniture of any kind. We WILL request furniture donations on our Facebook page and connect donors to parents.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Once a month we sponsor a sorting and stocking event.
  • Volunteers are provided personal protective equipment including gloves and masks.
  • Volunteers are expected to maintain personal social distance of a minimum of 6 feet as advised by the CDC.


  • Resources will be given to parents of ANY foster child(ren), relative placement or ​biological parents with a in-home CHINS case.
  • Resources can also be given to CASA and DCS Case Workers for any cases.
  • Fill out our form online to receive resources, scheduling is available for in person shopping!
  • Emergency donation boxes are available for contactless pick up or delivery.
  • We highly recommend allowing 3 days of quarantine for any goods received before wearing/using as an added precaution against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Vigo County Resources – May 2020 Update

The Vigo County Public Library posted a list of community resources to support folks during the Covid-19 Pandemic. We would like to share these resources with our community. Please contact the organizations listed here for the most up to date information. See the original list here.

Food Pantries

14th & Chestnut
1403 Chestnut Street | Terre Haute, IN 47807 | 812.232.3126
Tuesdays | 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Catholic Charities
1356 Locust Street | Terre Haute, IN 47807 | 812.235.3424
3rd Saturday of every month | 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Covenant Cooperative Ministry
122 South 10 1/2 Street | Terre Haute, IN 47807 | 812.478.7700
Tuesdays and Wednesdays | 10:00 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

First Baptist North
2944 East Hall Avenue | Terre Haute, IN 47805 | 812.466.3148
1st and 3rd Thursday of every month | 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Foursquare Gospel Church
808 North 13th Street | Terre Haute, IN 47807 | 812.234.5277
Food pantry is on Mondays | 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Foursquare Gospel Church will be closed Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day.

Higher Hope Ministries
1801 Harding Avenue | Terre Haute, IN 47802 | 812.232.4776
2nd and Last Thursday of every month | 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Highland Church
2400 Silvan Road | West Terre Haute, IN 47885 | 317.420.9366

Mobile Food Pantry: Every Sunday | 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. | West Vigo Community Center

Manna from Seven, Inc.
St. Stephens Episcopal Church | 215 North 7th Street | Terre Haute, IN 47807 | 812.243.4241

Drive-up/Walk Up Food Distributors on on Fridays | 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

New Life Fellowship Compassion Ministries Food Pantry
7849 Wabash Avenue | Seelyville, IN 47803 | 812.281.2667
3rd Thursday of every month | 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Providence Food Pantry
701 West National Avenue | West Terre Haute, IN 47885 | 812.535.2544
Thursdays | 8:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

St. Joseph Samaritan Ministry (by referral only; requires photo ID)
113 South 5th Street | Terre Haute, IN 47807 | 812.232.7011
Mondays and Fridays | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Salvation Army (by referral only)
234 South 8th Street | Terre Haute, IN 47807 | 812.235.0436
Tuesdays to Thursdays| 1:15 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Call Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m., for referral to food pantry.

Seelyville United Methodist Church (Residents of Lost Creek/Seelyville area only; by appointment)
2351 North 2nd Street | Seelyville, IN 47878 | 812.877.1868
Call on Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. to make an appointment.

Table of the Good Shepherd (requires photo ID and proof of residence)
1401 Barbour Avenue | Terre Haute, IN 47807 | 812.232.7298
3rd Tuesday of every month | 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Times of Refreshing International Ministries
1610 North 25th Street | Terre Haute, IN 47804 | 812.236.9088
1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month | 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

United Campus Ministries (college students only; requires student ID)
321 North 7th Street | Terre Haute, IN 47807 | 812.232.0186
The office is closed until l further notice. Students may go to Facebook or their website,, and fill out a survey form for their food order. They will provide curbside food pickup on Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m.

Vigo County Mutual Aid
Can provide $50 in groceries to local families who request assistance. Families should fill out the form at or email to request assistance.
Applications will be evaluated based on urgency, number of children in the home, homebound status, and transportation availability.

West Central Indiana Economic Development District
2800 Poplar Street, Suite 9A | Terre Haute, IN, 47802 | 812.917.3145
call for more information about grab-and-go meals, home meal delivery, and grocery or medication delivery. Services are for individuals 60 years of age and over.

Soup Kitchens and Free Meals

Bethany House
1402 Locust Street | Terre Haute, IN 47807 | 812.232.4978
Saturdays and Sundays | 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Foursquare Gospel Church
808 North 13th Street | Terre Haute, IN 47807 | 812.234.5277
Carry-out meals are off ered on Sundays | Breakfast: 9:00 a.m.–9:45 a.m.; Lunch: 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Highland Church
2400 Silvan Road | West Terre Haute, IN 47885 | 317.420.9366
Carry-Out Dinner: Every Sunday | 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. | West Vigo Community Center

Lighthouse Mission
1201 South 13th Street | Terre Haute, IN 47802 | 812.232.7001
Mondays to Sundays | Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.; Lunch: 12:00 p.m.; Dinner: 5:00 p.m.

Ryves Hall
1356 Locust Street | Terre Haute, IN 47807 | 812.235.1265
Mondays to Fridays | 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

St. Benedict Church
111 South 9th Street | Terre Haute, IN 47807 | 812.232.8421
Carry-out Meals off ered on Mondays to Fridays | 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

St. Patrick Church
1807 Poplar Street | Terre Haute, IN 47807 | 812.232.8518
Carry-out Meals offered on Mondays to Fridays | 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Clothing and Hygiene

Bethany House Free Clothes Closet
1402 Locust Street | Terre Haute, IN 47804 | 812.232.4978 | SELECT OPTION ONE
Mondays to Fridays | 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Currently limited to one person in the Clothing Closet. Will accommodate emergency requests.

Covered with Love Diaper Bank
Meadows Shopping Center | 2800 Poplar Street, Suite 7Q | Terre Haute, IN 47803 |
Covered with Love provides diapers, disposable training pants, baby wipes and baby hygiene products to families in need. Call 812.870.1819 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, to make an appointment with a parental liaison.

Helping Hands Thrift Store
960 National Avenue | West Terre Haute, IN 47885
Every Tuesday | 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Every Thursday | 4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Loyal Veterans Battalion Clothing Closet
1000 South 14th Street | Terre Haute, IN 47807 | Mike Egy: 812.230.1213 | Bob Rodgers: 812.240.5237
2nd Saturday of the month | 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. | Call for emergency access

Manna from Seven, Inc.
812.243.4241 | Call for more information/instructions.
• Free haircuts for men and women offered on the 1st Tuesdays of every month at 10:00 a.m.
• Free laundry services offered on Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. at Suds on Third, located at 1103 North 3rd
Street, Terre Haute, IN 47807.

Salvation Army
234 South 8th Street | Terre Haute, IN 47807 | 812.232.4081


26 South 17th Street | Terre Haute, IN 47802 | CRISIS LINE: 812.232.1736
Domestic violence shelter. Open to male or female victims.

Families by Choice, Inc.
Families By Choice, Inc., a faith-based organization, offers transitional housing in the Terre Haute area.

• Daniel’s Den: housing for men
• Deborah’s House: housing for women with children
• Project Jonathan: housing for men and women with special needs
• Timothy House: housing for men
• Joshua’s Place: shelter for men
All shelters collect fees at the rate of $55 per week. This is a sober-living environment; drug and alcohol use is prohibited. Access is granted following an application process.

Light House Mission
1201 South 13th Street | Terre Haute, IN 47802 | 812.232.7001
Light House Mission provides emergency shelter for single men or women, men or women with children and married couples. This is a sober-living environment; drug and alcohol use is prohibited. Photo ID required. Married couples must provide proof of marriage. Must be a Terre Haute resident.

Imagine getting the call you have waited for as a potential foster parent. You thought you were ready. So excited to get started! You had beds, dressers, totes full of random sizes and styles of clothing that lined the damp basement walls. I had boy bedding, girl bedding, mermaids and fire trucks. Toys galore! But as fate would have it, NOTHING that fit anyone when I got that call. 

 I was working a full time job when I got the call asking if I would take a 1 yr. old girl immediately. Her 2 brothers were placed in separate homes because none of us had enough space to take all 3 of them. I said yes, and eventually moved into a bigger house to bring the family together! The boys moved in and we became a family of 6 overnight. Me and FIVE kids! Nothing stored in the basement fit anyone. It wasn’t even the right season. The size 5 was all girls’ clothing, I had boys. The boy’s clothes were for teens boys and they were 3 and 4 years old. It was a disaster! I was never so thankful to have a local resource to turn to, SHINE Foster Family Resources. I knew it would be 6-8 weeks before the per deim for the kids would be processed and start coming in. With daycare expenses and bills piling up, I needed all the help I could get!

Birthdays were also approaching quickly for 3 of the kids and the pressure was on to SHOW UP after all they had been through! That weekend I reached out to the girls at SHINE and we planned a birthday party for the little mermaid turning 3 years old. The girls brought all their kids and although all the 3 year old girls were strangers, you would never have known it! They all sang and danced and had the best birthday party ever! SHINE not only provided clothing, hygiene, diapers, and emotional support to me, they also provided friendship and understanding that UNITED WE STAND, and that they are not alone.