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.
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
Gifts you receive. . .
* New friendships
* Joy of sharing a meal
* 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