The Room in the Inn Shoals, Inc. Mission
To serve, with love, dignity and care, the citizens of the Shoals area who are struggling with homelessness and food insecurity.
We do this in partnership with local community members to ensure that anyone in need has food and shelter.
We believe that EVERYONE MATTERS and strive to show this day after day with intentional service, care and kindness.
Room in the Inn Shoals, Inc. is a local, 501c3, non-profit organization, operating under one local, community leadership Executive Director and Board of Directors. Our organization consists of two, separate but equal programs:
The Room in the Inn Homeless Shelter program and the Room at the Table Community Hunger Program.
Room in the Inn Shoals, Inc. began in 2015 by two moms, Krista Manchester and Beth Howard, who saw a need and decided to do something about it. They began by creating a warming center at a local church. Through unexpected circumstances, they had both had met some homeless people who were sleeping in parks, on stoops and behind trash dumpsters during one of the coldest winters in the Shoals. As two moms, they couldn't sleep at night knowing their new friends might freeze to death and decided to do something about it. Calling on friends and local community members, they sheltered and fed 57 people that winter. After that winter, they sat down and realized that more needed to be done. They created Room in Inn Shoals as an official 501c3, non-profit program in January 2015 and the rest is history. With over 3,000+ local volunteers, their organization has fed and sheltered over 600 guests.
To read more about their story, click here.
After 5 winters of serving the local homeless population, the Room in the Inn team decided to expand their mission. Because of their experiences, the problem of hunger in the Shoals had come to their attention. Knowing that they had an existing infrastructure with their community volunteers, they decided to take a leap of faith and create Room at the Table. They wanted to design a very intentional nightly community meal, which would provide a hot meal to anyone in need, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Knowing that food is a human foundational need, they designed Room at the Table to connect those who struggle with food insecurity with their fellow community neighbors who wanted to give back. The result was a magical connection of over 2000 people who learned that by breaking bread around the table each night, we all have much more in common than we think. Room at the Table became more about WE than "them and us" and has transformed the lives of thousands in the Shoals community. To learn more about Room at the Table, including their recent struggles to operate, click here. #saveourtable