Home Sweet Home Ministries

Participant Instructions


*Please check back in as the event draws nearer for updates. Thank you!




For those checking in at Trinity Lutheran Church:

  • Parking lot attendants will be available to assist you starting at 6:30 pm. The parking lot sits behind the church. When you arrive at Trinity Lutheran Church (801 S. Madison St in Bloomington) you will be given parking instructions. You will then log-in to the Zoom invitation to let us know you have arrived with your Team Name, Spot Number, and Car Model.

For those checking in from other locations:

  • Between 7-7:30 pm, register by letting us know you have joined us in the Zoom chat with your Team Name.


Fundraising during the event:

During the event itself, you may want to take advantage of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or other forms of social media by posting on your experience and donation goal progress. You can send family and friends to www.nightinacar.org to donate on your team page. Take advantage of posting pictures of your team and sharing your experience. It’s not too late to meet and surpass your donation goal. Be Creative! You can also initiate some fun challenges.

  • Ask a family member or friend to match the donations of others up to a certain amount.
  • Volunteer to do something silly like singing a song at the top of your lungs or dancing with reckless abandon IF you receive a certain amount by a certain time.
  • You are fun and incredibly creative. You can do it!!


For those participating at Trinity Lutheran Church:

Bathroom Facilities…Water, Coffee, Hot Cocoa…Book Table

For those who are joining us at Trinity Lutheran Church, there will be a marked entrance behind the church that leads into the gym. That’s where you’ll find us. We can direct you to bathroom facilities. (Note: This entrance has three stairs that lead down to the gym. An entrance with only one stair is close-by on the left corner of the building.)

We are also pleased that Bloomington Library’s Bookmobile will be participating in NIAC. Inside the gym, there will be a book table with many books that deal with the needs of the homeless and our community as well as the opportunity to register for a library card if you do not have one.


If you are bringing donations to the event:

If you have donations that have not been submitted to www.nightinacar.org, please bring all cash and checks into the gym. Make sure checks are made out to ‘Home Sweet Home Ministries’ and that the memo of the check says ‘Night In A Car’ with your team name.

NOTE: We would like to have all NIAC donations received no later than Tuesday, February 28th.


A quick word about security:

Along with alerting the Bloomington Police Department that the event will be taking place, volunteers from HSHM will parole the parking lot throughout the night. If you have any needs or concerns, please call Leslie Bunge at 217-440-4083. If there is an immediate threat or emergency, call 911.