A program of Homeward Bound supported by 45 local faith communities, Room in the Inn provides an overnight stay of hospitality for women who have experienced homelessness. After staying with us for a week, the women (and mattresses!) travel to another faith community. The Homeward Bound case managers work with the women to find ways to move them from the shelter to permanent housing. The support and compassion provided by host congregations are vital to this path to stability.
Volunteers are needed to load/unload mattresses, wash blankets. prepare dinners, serve as dinner hosts, transport women back and forth to the AHOPE Day Center, and spend the night as chaperones. Volunteer job descriptions and the current schedule are also at the receptionist desk of the Wallace Foyer lobby. We usually need over 45 volunteers each week to support this quarterly ministry.
Did you know????
- Families can help with Room in the Inn in a variety of ways? Regularly we have families preparing and/or hosting dinners. Some have stayed overnight together as hosts.
- The AHOPE Center is a short distance from the church on N. Ann Street? Transporting the women back and forth with the church van is easy to do.
- The hardest shifts to fill are the overnight hosts? When you serve as an overnight host, you do get about 4 hours of sleep! In addition to personal time reading or watching a movie, you can spend time in conversation with some of the women before they go to sleep at 10:00 PM.