Wrapped In Love

This annual public art display raises funds for Middle Way House while educating our community about our services and promoting our 24/7 Help & Crisis Line.

This year, we are continuing our annual tradition of adorning trees throughout downtown Bloomington with tree sweaters crafted by local fabric artists!

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 are 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, starting in October 2022, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and ending on March 1st of 2023.

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. 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.

This is a very special Wrapped in Love for us, as we are celebrating 50 years of serving the community. We would like to extend a huge thank you to every volunteer, fabric artist, sponsor, and community member who helped us make this happen!

Sponsorships are still available!

Signage on a tree sweater publicizes your support for Middle Way House over five months of the year; 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. If you are interested in sponsoring a tree sweater this year, email development@middlewayhouse.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!

Fabric Artists

Bloomington Community Orchard Enthusiasts
Bloomin' Book Buddies
Tara Babcock
Morgan Bedwell
Marianna Brough
Peggy Brown
Danielle Bruce
Kalie Chuke
Erin Davis
Peggy Daniels
Katherine Devich
Christopher DeYoung
Amy Easton
Elizabeth Fleming
Karen Gastineau Hash
Bonnie Gordon-Lucas
Jen Grady
Tammy Guerretaz
Kathy Strickler
The Knit Wits
Tina Haley
Linda Handelsman
Vicky Haralovich
Joan Hongen
Barb Kleindorfer
The Knitting Nomads
Ana Lim
Cathy Lipscomb
Mary Lostutter
Lauren McCalister
Susie McLaughlin
Alyssa McPherson
Meg Prince
Ellyn Pruitt
Saige Sentell
Coleman Shipley
Peg Smith
Donna Storm
Ashley Sullivan
Elizabeth Taylor
Courtney Walcott
Yvonne Wittmann
Sara Vargas
Jackie Vest
Beth Shalom's Knitwitz

Gold Leaf Sponsors: $2,000+

Anna Strout in honor of Toby Strout, Martha Voyles, Ekah Yoga, and the People’s Market
Bob Arnove
Ivy Tech - Bloomington, Indiana

Silver Spruce Sponsors: $1,000+

Bloomin' Book Buddies
Indiana University Health
Loren Wood Builders
Middle Way House Board of Directors
Plant Brothers Excavating
Peg and Brian Smith in memory of Jenny Triebel LaPointe, Sue Dickelman Sullivan, and Judy Ellerman Petrushka
Vibrant Life

Bronze Birch Sponsors: $500+

Patrick Brantlinger
Family Dental Centre
Haralovich Properties
Debby Herbenick
The Jellison Family
Paul Laudeman
ISU, the May Agency
Pictura Gallery and the FAR Center for Contemporary Arts

Copper Maple Sponsors: $300+

Alpha Chi Omega
Artful Blooms
Danielle Bruce in honor of the Resilience Theater Company
Christopher DeYoung
Hometown Insurance Group
Muddy Fork Bakery
Erika Oliphant
Project Middle Way at Bloomington High School North

Thank you to Crosstown Cleaners and Kinser Cleaners for generously cleaning all of our tree sweaters!

Click here to VOTE for your favorite tree sweaters!

Click here to view the interactive tree map!