Some Gifts Cannot Be Wrapped

Dec 6, 2023

Dear Friends of Room in the Inn-Memphis,

The holidays bring with them a time to reflect with so much gratitude. Another year of serving those experiencing homelessness has come and gone, and we have so many wonderful memories of serving our guests. Many have achieved important goals that have changed their lives, and your faithful support has made, and continues to make, that possible.

Just a few weeks ago, one of our Recuperative Care guests met his housing goal that had seemed impossible for 25 years! M came to us from a stay in a local hospital after the amputation of his legs. Without our Recuperative Care Center, he would have been discharged back to living outside while recovering from major surgery. It is difficult to imagine trying to navigate that recovery while living on the street again. With the assistance of our dedicated staff, M was approved for both supportive income and housing. The night before he moved into his new place, he thanked me for all that Room in the Inn had done and said,

“I thought God had forgotten about me until I was able to come here.” 

Would you please consider a one-time gift or a monthly or multi-year pledge this holiday season?

Your support makes it possible for dozens of life-changing experiences to result in permanent solutions each day! Donations can be made online at

In addition to amazing outcomes through the Recuperative Care program, our work in Emergency Shelter continues to grow! With the support of over 30 congregations, hundreds of people are safe and secure during the dangerous weather months of the year. However, we are always looking for new partners to address an overwhelming need. Please consider joining our Congregational Shelter Network. Your place of worship could come alive with service this winter!

Our work is best seen in the stories of our guests, this is one more I would like to share. I received a call from a local news reporter early in the morning on Labor Day that a family with small children was living in a burned out house in a Memphis neighborhood. Through the work of our Housing Stabilization Coordinator over the next few days the family was moved from dangerous conditions to safe shelter and within weeks were moving into a new, safe place to live. Cole continues to follow up to help them maintain a successful housing situation. They are thankful for RITI and very happy to have been able to remain together as a family.

I share these experiences so that you will get a picture of exactly how your donation directly impacts lives every single day! I am continually thankful for and inspired by your support!

Reverend Lisa Anderson
Executive Director

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