Just as Middle Way House wraps survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in warmth and support, fabric artists lovingly created tree sweaters for dozens of downtown Bloomington trees. The tree sweaters will be prominently hung throughout numerous locations in the heart of Bloomington and feature our 24/7 help & crisis line phone number, (812) 336-0846, in hopes of raising awareness about domestic violence. The public art display will span nearly six months, coinciding with the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness month in October and end March 1st, 2022.
Each beautiful tree sweater is sponsored by a business, person, or organization committed to helping us provide meaningful alternatives to living with violence. Each tree sweater will have a sponsorship patch containing sponsor names and our 24/7 help & crisis line phone number to be seen by tens of thousands of residents and many of the nearly 2 million annual visitors to Bloomington. It is imperative that we include our crisis number on the sponsorship patch because last year, our help & crisis line answered over 5,000 calls, and we provided nearly 7,000 nights of emergency shelter to survivors of domestic violence.
We are hoping to elevate the event this year as we celebrate 50 years in the community and have gathered a tremendous group of volunteers to craft and maintain the tree sweaters throughout the year. Our volunteer need for Wrapped in Love has been fulfilled! Thank you!
Our volunteer need for Wrapped in Love has been fulfilled! Thank you! We will be wrapping the lamp posts (yarn bombing) around the Monroe County Courthouse square in yarn to go along with the wrapped trees. You do not have to have any prior knitting or crochet experience, and the yarn will be provided! We will continue wrapping the lamp posts over the next couple weeks until they are done, so you can still help out if you are not available on September 25th!
We are hoping to elevate the event this year as we celebrate 50 years in the community and have gathered a tremendous group of volunteers to craft and maintain the tree sweaters throughout the year.
Can you help create a tree sweater for the 2021-2022 display? All knitters, crocheters, and other fabric artists are invited to join us. Please contact 812.333.7404 or email@example.com.
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 812.333.7404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to our Supporters!
We would like to thank our Volunteer Event Chair, Erin Hollinden, the fabric artists, and our current sponsors for all their support!
Christopher DeYoung (Development Chair)
The Knit Wits
Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity
Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc.
Alyssa Marie McPherson
Orchard Enthusiasts (Bloomington community orchard knitting group)
North Staff and Families (North high school knitting group)
Beth Shalom’s Knitwitz
Gold Leaf Sponsors ($2,500+):
Anna Strout in honor of Toby Strout, Martha Voyles, Ekah Yoga, and the People’s Market
Ivy Tech -Bloomington, Indiana
Silver Spruce Sponsors ($1,000+):
Peg & Brian Smith
Plant Brothers Excavating
ISU the May Agency
Vibrant Life/Clark Brittain
Middle Way House Board of Directors
Bronze Birch Sponsors ($500+):
Lahn Law Offices
Family Dental Centre
Pictura Gallery at FAR Center for Contemporary Arts
Loren Wood Builders
Middle Way House Board & Friends of Middle Way House
Copper Maple Sponsors ($300+):
Tara and Bob Babcock
Applegate Consulting Co.
Hometown Insurance Group
BHSN Project Middle Way
The Goat Conspiracy
Beth Shalom’s Knitwitz
Thank you to Crosstown Cleaners and Kinser Cleaners for generously cleaning all of our tree sweaters!
Click the program photo below view the 2021-2022 program, list of trees and sponsors, and our INTERACTIVE MAP!
2019 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 2018 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.
Click HERE to view our album of 2020-2021 tree sweaters, including 10 new sweaters!
2020-2021 Sweater Awards
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.