As RITI-Memphis grows, so do opportunities for giving
Each Week in Memphis:
240 Meals and Beds
Six years ago a tiny congregation, Colonial Cumberland Presbyterian Church, answered God’s call to welcome strangers into the warm safe sanctuary of a building that was underused during the winter. Four guests shared dinner and fellowship that night with members of the church. This small group felt that this would be a good “outreach project.”
Room in the Inn is no longer an outreach project, it has become a way of life and ministry for 27 congregations and that number continues to grow.
The Room in the Inn story is simple. Small acts of faith and kindness are being transformed into something powerful and life-changing. Faith communities have a unique opportunity to share hope and hospitality to those living on the streets of our city. Around the dinner table, volunteers break bread with their guests and learn about the struggles of homelessness. Listening to the needs of the guests constantly inspires new ways of serving and deepens the bonds of community.
As the network of congregations grows, the dreams of making a greater impact also grows. The building next door to First United Methodist Church is being leased at no cost to RITI. However the long vacant building needs major renovations to meet the need for day hospitality for our guests. Plans for restrooms, showers, training areas and worship space have been made. The space is currently used as the pick-up location for RITI.
Father Charles Strobel, founder of Room in the Inn (Nashville) describes the RITI experience this way:
“When someone experiences hospitality and safety and a feeling of belonging, they experience sanctuary. Sanctuary is defined by the people, not the space. Everyone can become an expression of sanctuary. Ultimately, sanctuary offers one an experience of something sacred, something holy.”
Please consider joining this sacred experience. There are many ways to become part of our Inn Crowd this winter:
- Open your place of worship for shelter this winter to a small group of individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness
- Provide volunteers to support the mission of Room in the Inn-Memphis
- Offer essential financial support that guarantees continued growth and holy hospitality.
BECOME A HOST
Learn how your faith community can start your own Room in the Inn program and provide life-saving shelter this winter.