The Home Sweet Home City Rescue Mission building at 111 S. Main St c. 1911  

Collection Information
Volume of Collection:
One Box
Collection Dates:
1899-2009
Restrictions:
None
Reproduction Rights:
Permission to reproduce or publish material in this collection must be obtained in writing from the McLean County Museum of History.
Alternative Formats:
None
Other Finding Aids: None
Location: Archives
Notes:

See also- Photograph Collection People Shelper

See also- Photograph Collection Subjects Home Sweet Home Mission

Historical Sketch

  Billy Shelper founded the Home Sweet Home City Rescue Mission in 1917 after attending a Billy Sunday revival meeting at the Circuit Court Room in the McLean County Courthouse. Shelper's goal was to help the city's poor and downtrodden with Christian love. The first mission building opened at 233 E. Front St in Bloomington, coincidentally the site of his birth. The mission buildings were forced to relocate several times during its history. Finally a site on Mission Drive was purchased from Funk Seeds and the building opened as a several story housing unit, location for prayer services, and a kitchen. This building was the victim of an arson fire. The Mission moved and is now located at 303 E. Oakland in Bloomington with the name Home Sweet Home Ministries.

  The Mission provides nearly 56,000 meals and 26,000 nights of shelter each year in its current five-floor facility. It also provides prayer services and clothing to its clientele. Throughout its existence, Home Sweet Home has provided special meals at Thanksgiving and at Christmas.

 
Scope and Contents Note

The collection contains newspaper clippings, histories of the Mission, and Women's Auxiliary Reports.

 

Box and Folder Inventory

Folder 1:
Billy Shelper Obituary (1 items)
1.1
Obituary from Pantagraph, March 2, 1952, p. 3.
1.2
Advertisement for Shelper's Palace of Sweets, 407 N. Main, from Modern Woodmen of America program, undated (photocopy).

 

Folder 2:
Brochures, Miscellany (20 items) (devotional poems by Bill Shelper, Correspondence)
2.1
"The Button Bag and the Old Charm String" ; undated.
2.2
"From Boscobel to Buffalo" ; for the International Gideon Convention, Buffalo, NY, July 20-23, 1939.
2.3
Born Again Christians" ; undated.
2.4
"Life Begins at Sixty" ; undated.
2.5
"Friendship" ; undated.
2.6
"Just Bow Your Head in Prayer"; undated.
2.7
"The Thanksgiving Dinner"; undated.
2.8
"Take Up the Torch" ; dedicated to Gideon B. F. Trazler, Evanston; undated.
2.9
"The Dear Gideon Bible" undated.
2.10
"Lincoln Lives Today"; undated.
2.11
"The Old Park Bench"; dedicated to Mrs. Helen G. Shelper ; undated brochure
2.12
"Where Is Little Boy Blue?" and "When Angels Call Me Home to Be With Mother" ; undated brochure.
2.13
"The Trotter Family" ; Memorial Day, 1931.
2.14
Program, "Rescue Mission Sunday," January 29, 1928.
2.15
1948 advertisement card: "Come and Hear the Glad Tidings Bearers of Chicago."
2.16
Home Sweet Home Mission descriptive brochure; undated.
2.17
1980 Annual Report.
2.18
Fundraiser mailing, Complete Thanksgiving Dinner Only $1.92, September 1, 2009.
2.19
Confectionary receipt; March 27, 1920; W. H. Shelper to Ada Carlton.
2.20
Two (2) silver anniversary (1917-1942) envelops.
2.21
To Rev. Edgar E. Atherton from Billy Shelper, February 5, 1952 (Note: 25th anniversary letterhead crossed our and replaced with 35 years).

 

Folder 3:
Women's Auxiliary 1977-78 Through 1985-86 (8 items)
3.1
1977-1978 report.
3.2
1978-1979 report.
3.3
1979-1980 report.
3.4
1980-1981 report.
3.5
1981-1982 report.
3.6
1982-1983 report.
3.7
1983-1984 report.
3.8
1985-1985 report.

 

Folder 4:
Women's Auxiliary 1986-87 Through 1991-92 (9 items)
4.1
1986-1987 report.
4.2
1987-1988 report.
4.3
1988-1989 report.
4.4
1989-1990 report (2 copies).
4.5
1990-1991 report (2 copies).
4.6
1991-1992 report.
4.7
20th Anniversary (1972-1992) program.

 

Folder 5:
Wood, Lois - Shelper / Mission Paper (1 item)
5.1
"Billy Shelper and the Home Sweet Home Mission" by Lois Wood; undated; 16 pages with 16 pages of photocopied miscellany, including photographs, newspaper clippings, and financial information.

 

Folder 6:
Bertolf, Martha W. - "One Man's Dream" (1 item)
6.1
"One Man's Dream" by Martha W. Bertholf; 1987; 6 pages with 19 pages of photocopied miscellany, mainly newspaper clippings.

 

Folder 7:
Williams, Louis L. - "Recollections . . ." (1 item)
7.1
"Recollections of Will H. (Billy) Shelper" by Louis L. Williams; undated; 4 pages

 

Folder 8:
Crissey, Elwell - "Uncle Billy Shelper" (1 item)
8.1
"Uncle Billy Shelper: Bloomington's Very Own, Hometown Saint" by Elwell Crissey; 1987; 3 pages.

 

Folder 9:
Newspaper Articles (Pantagraph, unless noted)
9.1
"Candy Store Changes Hands," June 23, 1899.
9.2
"I. A. Lederer Buys Business Building," Daily Bulletin, February 6, 1920.
9.3
"Dedicatory Services Will Be Conducted . . ." Sunday Bulletin, May 29, 1921.
9.4
"Bill Shelper Makes a Report," July 22, 1921.
9.5
"Home Sweet Home City Mission to Serve Thanksgiving Dinner to the Unfortunates," November 25, 1924.
9.6
"Will H. Shelper Tells Kiwanis of Work at Mission and at Jail," Daily Bulletin, August 3, 1925.
9.7
"Will Shelper at Mission Jubilee," October 28, 1925.
9.8
"Nearly 40 Tramps a Night Stop Here," January 1, 1928.
9.9
"Will Shelper's Work Attracting Comment," June 13, 1928.
9.10
"Mrs. Shelper, Mother of Mission Head, Dies," January 13, 1929.
9.11
"$1,500 Loan Paid Off By Mission," February 4, 1938.
9.12
"Shelper Says Mission 21 Years Old," November 27, 1938.
9.13
"Homeless, Needy Get Material and Spiritual Help at Mission" (part of "How Community Chest Serves" series), October 27, 1939.
9.14
Advertisement for Dwight L. Moody and Billy Sunday memorial service, February 2, 1940.
9.15
"Mission Prepares 30,000 Meals a Year for Needy," October 13, 1941.
9.16
"Mission to Have Observance of 25th Birthday," January 23, 1943.
9.17
"TB Seal Sales. First for 10th Year," November 18, 1945.
9.18
"Fund Will Perpetuate Billy Shelper Dinner," November 26, 1947.
9.19
Advertisement, Boys and Girls KYB Club, October 5, 1956.
9.20
"To assist mission," June 16, 1972.
9.21
"Home Sweet Home turns 90" (includes timeline), November 18, 2007.

 

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