ROOM IN THE INN
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."
One of the most unique and best things about the Room in the Inn program is that each host group that partners with us gets the autonomy to determine what works best for their group. While we offer suggestions and tips, each group may host a different way based on the needs and structure of their facilities and congregational rules. Our program is based on the concept of mutual respect and a belief that everyone matters, regardless of their circumstances.
The first thing you must do before becoming a Host Church is to have a group of volunteers who are willing to give this idea a try. There are many details that go into being a Host Church, but our Team will be with you every step of the way. Our guests go through a comprehensive orientation and application process before staying with us, and they agree to follow our 7 Simple Rules. Each night they go through a security screening and sobriety check with a local police officer.
Here is a brief list of things you need to know as well as a a list of items your church/group would need to provide.
A group of hosting volunteers. We suggest a minimum of 14 volunteers for your evening of hosting. Additional information about organizing your volunteers will be given at your training.
Cots, pillows and blankets for at least 12 guests.
Space for comfortable arrangement of cots and blankets (fellowship hall, gym, etc.)
Table and chairs for sharing the meals.
A place to prepare and serve food, as well as enough food and drink for dinner, breakfast and perhaps a light evening snack for your 12 guests and volunteers.
Adequate bathroom facilities – shower facilities are not necessary, but they are welcomed. Not all of our facilities have shower options. We do suggest that you have a space where they can clean up and perhaps some toiletry items like towel, soap, wash cloths, etc.
Sufficient heating and cooling, proper ventilation and approved safety exits with clear access
Transportation to pick your guests up for the night. *If you don't have transportation, your group can use our van*
Our Partner Churches come from all over the Shoals! Many different groups and denominations participate with us.
We are thankful for every single person that partners with us!