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Room in the Inn

Next date is Saturday, December 23rd from 7:30pm to Sunday, December 24th, 2017 8:30am
Repeats weekly on Saturdays

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Positions8 Open Positions Remaining
Close DateAny time before the event ends or when space runs out.
Age LimitAll Ages
Description

Some of the responsibilities include:

  • Transporting guests from the downtown center

  • Setting up spaces for guests to sleep and shower

  • Spending the night (2 volunteers)

  • Preparing the morning meal

  • Serving the morning meal

  • Transporting guests to downtown center in the morning

  • Cleaning up after Room in the Inn Memphis  

   
Room in the Inn-Memphis is an ecumenical ministry that serves people experiencing homelessness. Now beginning our eighth year, we provide emergency shelter and meals during the coldest months of the year—November through March. We are modeled after the incredibly successful Room in the Inn program that started in Nashville more than 30 years ago.

Our goal is to share the love of God through hospitality. Shelter is a basic necessity that more than 2,000 people in Memphis are living without each night. Faith communities have large buildings and volunteers who can provide warmth, hospitality, meals and a good helping of kindness and respect.

At least half of Room In The Inn’s participants are temporarily or “first time” homeless. Generally, they are working poor who have suffered setbacks like job loss, illness, loss of transportation and divorce.

The other fifty percent of our participants are chronically homeless. They often face one or more serious issues, including mental illness, addiction and physical disabilities.

Many of Room In The Inn’s participants are military veterans. In the United States, nearly one-third of homeless adults are veterans.

The challenges that most of us face on a daily basis are difficult enough with adequate support and resources. When the poor and homeless lack such assistance, maintaining housing and employment makes their survival overwhelming and financially devastating.

PerksWhen we step out in faith and offer ourselves in service to others, we receive many gifts in return. Room in the Inn - Memphis blurs the line between giver and receiver.

Gifts You Give. . .
* Safe, warm shelter in the coldest time of the year
* A hearty, home-cooked meal eaten together
* Respite from the desperation of the streets
* Kindness and acceptance
* Time to listen
* Dignity and respect
* Encouragement
* Hope

Gifts you receive. . .
* New friendships
* Gratitude
* Joy of sharing a meal
* Laughter
* Chance to hear stories from guests
* Education about homelessness
* Deeper understanding of your blessings
* Satisfaction from knowing you make a real difference
* Overcoming myths and stereotype
* Working with other volunteers from your congregation
* Broader sense of community
Parking DetailsOvernight parking at Jacob's Well is at your own risk. Consider Parking at Trinity UMC at 1738 Galloway Ave and then Uber/Lyft or be dropped off at Jacob's Well.
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Start Address: 602 Looney Ave, Memphis, TN 38107
End Address: We will transport our neighbors back to the Carpenter's House at 7:15 a.m. and then return the van to our parking spot at Trinity UMC., 1738 Galloway Ave, Memphis, TN 38112

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