Home Sweet Home Ministries


What is HSHRenew?

Renewal at Home Sweet Home extends beyond services to the homeless and the poor. Community renewal is the focus of HSHRenew. Renewal begins when a donation is dropped off at any one of our drop-off locations in the Bloomington-Normal community. These donations are then processed at our warehouse and the net proceeds are used to support the programs and services provided at Home Sweet Home.


The resource dollars raised by HSHRenew stay here to help local people - that is the key to this program!









You can drop off your gently used clothes and shoes at these locations

  • First Assembly of God, 800 E. Vernon Ave., Normal.

  • Cross Pointe Church, 3101 Airport Road, Bloomington.

  • First Baptist Church, 2502 E. College Ave., Bloomington.

  • Denny's Doughnuts and Bakery, 1107 S. Main St., Bloomington.  

  • Vale Church, 1304 Morrissey Drive, Bloomington.

  • Busey Bank, 1111 S. Veterans Parkway, Bloomington.

  • First United Methodist Church, 211 N. School St., Normal.

  • E-Free Church, 2910 E. Lincoln St., Bloomington.

  • Safelite AutoGlass, 601 E. Locust St., Bloomington.

  • Praireland Elementary, 1300 E Raab Rd., Normal.

  • Jewel Osco, 901 S Cottage Ave., Normal.

  • Heartland Community College, 1500 W. Raab Rd. Normal.

  • BroMenn Urgent Care, 1437 E. College Ave., Normal.

  • Resurrection Lutheran 4114 E. Oakland Ave., Bloomington.

  • Flanagan State Bank, 2401 E. Washington St., Bloomington. 

  • Hy-Vee, 1403 N Veterans Pkwy., Bloomington.

  • St John's Lutheran Church, 1617 E. Emerson St., Bloomington.


If you would like a receipt or need assistance dropping of your items: 

  • Mission Mart, 301 E. Oakland Ave., Bloomington
  • Mission Mart, 119 N. Sangamon St., Lincoln

Or you can visit our self-service location at: 

  • HSHM Warehouse, 1700 W. Washington St., Bloomington


Want to know what to donate? Click here for a list of accepted items!








Changing the environment together

  • Large-scale recycling events done in collaboration with the Ecology Action Center and other area partners allow the community to come together to impact the environment
  • Our three receiving centers are the first step in the process of repurposing materials. Items for these efforts begin the process at Warehouse Operations. This location is also an employment and job training site for local agencies who serve individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Our Mission Mart stores provide the opportunity for gently used items to be reused. Mission Mart provides the community with valuable, high quality products at low prices. Over 500,000 pounds of materials are repurposed via our two Mission Marts every year
  • Yearly, Home Sweet Home Ministries diverts over 1.5 million pounds of textiles and shoes from local landfills. As part of HSHRenew, our collection bins are located throughout Bloomington-Normal to increase access to textile-recycling locations







Our history of renewal

Home Sweet Home Ministries has provided food, shelter and hope to the hungry, homeless and hurting in our community for 98 years. 


Before Billy Shelper founded Home Sweet Home in 1917, he and his family were part of the business community, running a candy store in downtown Bloomington. Home Sweet Home Ministries has been a member of that business community for nearly 20 years. Through our Retail Operations, we continue to provide opportunities for employment and job training and contribute to the strong economy of Central Illinois. Retail Operations includes our Bloomington warehouse as well as our two Mission Mart stores in Bloomington and Lincoln.


Home Sweet Home also affects the environment in a significant way through our recycling and salvage programs. In 2013, we recycled over 1.7 million pounds of materials, including cardboard, textiles and electronics. The net proceeds from this effort and Retail Operations in general account for nearly 20% of the revenue that directly supports the work we do at Home Sweet Home.

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