EMERGENCY SHELTER

Learn more about our Congregational Shelter model, where over 50 faith communities across the Greater Memphis Area come together to provide life-saving shelter every winter.

Become a Host

Would you like to learn how your faith community can start your own Room in the Inn program? We would be honored to help you. Our Room in the Inn-Memphis Handbook offers a step-by-step plan for opening your own Room in the Inn-Memphis site.

RITI Memphis is always ready to welcome more host congregations. Even with the great love shared this season, there were 1,256 missed opportunities – 1,256 times someone came seeking shelter and we did not have the space to share with them. Help us change that story in the season to come by becoming a host.

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Helpful presentation

If it would help, someone from our staff or board can speak to your congregation or its governing body and answer any questions they might have. To learn more, contact our office at 901-467-0122 or innkeeper@ritimemphis.org. We are happy to talk to you, in person or on the phone, about how you can encourage your congregation to get involved in this program.

Choosing a night

It is important to choose a night that works best for your congregation and facility. Remember that there are more than 2,000 people experiencing homelessness each night in Memphis. So any night you choose will provide much needed shelter. There are nights when our capacity is currently very low, and we must turn away dozens of guests. Filling the gaps in our calendar is especially helpful for our guests so we can provide a more consistent amount of shelter each night.

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Registering your congregation

Once your congregation is committed to opening a Room in the Inn-Memphis site, contact our office to receive and complete the Congregational Registration Form. As soon as you are ready to open, we will add spaces for your location to our schedule.