A Look Inside the Room in the Inn
Room in the Inn is a ministry that works from November through March every year to provide a safe, warm and inviting place to stay for a group of homeless men. Southland is just one of 14 churches in this program. Each night, two different churches host a group of 14 men that are chosen in the fall and stay with Room in the Inn until the end of the season.
We want to give you a little inside look at what goes on each week. Every Saturday night we host this special group out in Building M at the Harrodsburg Road campus. We give them a delicious meal, hot breakfast and sack lunch to take with them the next day.
The evening starts as our driver picks the men up downtown at 6:30pm and brings them back to the church. While he is doing that, a group of volunteers are waiting to socialize and serve them a hot meal that evening. Time passes quickly as we eat, play board games, watch TV, or simply sit and talk. Two of our male volunteers spend the night with them and prepare breakfast the next morning. At 6am the van driver arrives to take them back downtown with their bag lunches.
Room In the Inn is more than a ministry. The volunteer team and the men we serve have become family. Everyone looks forward to seeing each other on the weeks they volunteer. We look forward to seeing the group of men and learn how their week has gone. It takes the whole team to make Room In the Inn the warm and inviting "overnight sanctuary" it is for our guests—from the person setting up sleeping cots, to those preparing the dinners, providing hot breakfasts and sack lunches, to the van driver.
We’re always looking for more volunteers and there are many ways to get involved! If you're interested, contact Jani for more info, or come to our info meeting on Monday, September 29 at 7pm in the Atrium.
Leoda and Steve Clark
Room In the Inn Team Leaders