Six years ago Reverend Lisa Anderson from Colonial Cumberland Presbyterian Church started Room in the Inn in Memphis.  Room in the Inn aims to enlist local faith communities to open their doors to host 12 - 15 of our unsheltered neighbors during the coldest months of the year (November - March).

Did you know?

Every year in the United States 37,000 homeless people die mainly due to inadequate shelter during the winter.  On any given day in Memphis, there can be 2,000 people or more who are homeless.  Memphis is one of the few metropolitan cities that does not have any free homeless shelters.  Currently, there are only 3 full-time homeless shelters; two for men and one for women. During the coldest months of the year, homeless people are sleeping outside while thousands of churches and places of worship are heated and empty.

Room in the Inn - Memphis is making a difference with over 35 churches partipcating.

"The rich and the poor have this in common - the Lord is the maker of them all."  Proverbs 22:2

How can I help at IC?

Do you like to cook? Visit with people? Play games? Serve meals? Transport passengers? Donate supplies? If, so there is an opportunity for you to volunteer. As a parish we transform Marian Hall into an Inn for brothers and sisters experiencing homelessness by simply opening our doors and our hearts.

Our Inn will re-open for Season 3 on November 5th, 2017; it will be open every Sunday evening through the end of March 2018.

What does it take?

  • 7 volunteers to set up Marian Hall for the night and offer hospitality to our guests during and after dinner
  • 5 volunteers to provide dinner and drinks for our guests and volunteers
  • 1 bus driver to pick up our guests on Sunday the evening and 1 bus driver to return guests on Monday morning to the Carpenter's House (212 N 2nd St)
  • 2 overnight shepherds
  • 6 laundry angels
  • 2-3 volunteers to provide breakfast and sandwiches for our guests
  • 4-5 volunteers to close the Inn in the morning

Links

VOLUNTEER ODYSSEY SIGN UP WEBSITE

AMAZON WISHLIST

DONATION LIST

FACEBOOK GROUP

MEDIA RELEASE FORM

RECOMMENDED READING LIST

VOLUNTEER PACKET

SET-UP CHECKLIST

HOSPITALITY CHECKLIST

SEND-OFF & CLEANUP CHECKLIST

For further information please contact Leslie Velderman (616) 485-0727.