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 with two moms, Krista Manchester and Beth Howard, who saw a need and decided to do something about it. They started by creating a warming center at a local church. Through their own unexpected circumstances, both women had met 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 with children of their own, they couldn't sleep at night knowing their new friends might freeze to death- so they decided to do something about it. With the grace and support of friends and local community members, they sheltered and fed 57 people that winter. However, after witnessing all of the positive change that occurred that winter, they realized that more needed to be done. So, 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.
As we begin our 8th winter, we are working to expand our services from just shelter during the winter months to a more holistic approach to homelessness - connecting our guests to resources including housing, employment, mental health and substance abuse programs.
We exist because members of our community care. Hundreds of individuals participate in Room in the Inn each year - by hosting, volunteering, collecting supplies, donating and praying for our program. We are so grateful and we are hopeful for what the future may bring.
We are a 501c3 non-profit and are entirely privately funded. Our Board of Directors and Leadership Team are local community leaders.