Wrapped in Love 2020-2021

Annual Public Art Display
October 2, 2020-March 10, 2021

To carry on a tradition loved by Toby Strout,
Middle Way House’s late executive director, we continue to honor survivors
with our Wrapped in Love project.

Just as Middle Way House wraps survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in warmth and support, teams and individual fabric artists lovingly create tree sweaters for dozens of downtown Bloomington trees. Each beautiful tree sweater is sponsored by a business, person, or organization committed to helping us provide meaningful alternatives to living with violence. Sweaters help publicize our 24/7 Help & Crisis Line:  812.336.0846.

Can you help create a tree sweater for the 2020-2021 display? All knitters, crocheters, and other fabric artists are invited to join us. Please contact Erin at 812.320.8607 or events@middlewayhouse.org.

Will you sponsor a tree sweater this year? Signage on a tree sweater publicizes your support for Middle Way House over five months of the year. And your investment funds support groups, childcare, legal advocacy, emergency shelter, transitional housing, and more services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Click HERE for more information and contact Erin at 812.320.8607 or events@middlewayhouse.org.

Thank you to our Sponsors!


Ivy Tech



Anna Strout Family in Memory of Toby Strout 



Carl Ziegler in Memory of Helen D’Amico

Carl Ziegler in Memory of Emilie Murray

CFC Properties

Congregation Beth Shalom

Vibrant Life

German American Bank

B-Town Knitters

MWH Board of Directors



Bob Arnove

Mary Ann and Bruce Gingles in Honor of Katherine Devich

ISU The May Agency

Christopher DeYoung



39 Degrees North

Applegate Consulting Group

Child Adult Resource Services



Mary Anne Devich

MPI Solar

Needmore Coffee Roasters

Sandi Taylor Hometown Insurance

Posh Boutique

Smile Promotions


White Rabbit Print and Designs



Click HERE to view our full gallery of gorgeous 2019-2020 tree sweaters!

Click HERE to learn more about the special, first-generation tree sweater and Mary Ann Gingles’ leadership in bringing Wrapped in Love to life.

Click HERE to listen to a WFHB podcast interview about Wrapped in Love with Erin Hollinden, MWH Events Coordinator.

Click HERE to watch Katherine Devich, Wrapped in Love Volunteer Chair, winning the Be More Creative Bloomington Award. 

Click below for a list and
map of 2019-2020 tree sweater locations! 




Yarn-Cutting Celebration

On October 4, 2019, Middle Way House staff and supporters (including local fabric artists, tree sponsors, and special guests), gathered on the southeast corner of the courthouse lawn to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to celebrate the opening of Wrapped in Love.

Left: Executive Director, Debra Morrow, speaks at the 2018 event, as Middle Way House board member and Wrapped in Love organizer Christopher DeYoung applauds.
Right:  Fabric artists Kathy Glibert, Susie McLaughlin, Suzann Owen, and Katherine Devich hold yarn in preparation for the 2018 yarn-cutting.

Left:  Mayor John Hamilton issues a Mayoral Proclamation in honor of Wrapped in Love.
Right:  Executive Director, Debra Morrow, cuts yarn with sponsor Chris Walls and fabric artists Peggy Brown and Marianna Brough in background.

Video of Yarn-Cutting Celebration: 

Please enjoy and share this video of the 2018 Wrapped in Love Yarn-Cutting Ceremony, filmed by long-time Middle Way House volunteer Duane Busick.