The rich and poor have this in common, the Lord is maker of them all. - Proverbs 22:2
If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? - James 2:16
He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. - Proverbs 14:31
The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me. - Matthew 25:40
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” - Hebrews 13:2
In 2010, Colonial Cumberland Presbyterian Church decided to open its doors to their unsheltered neighbors in Memphis. They chose to model the program after Room in the Inn in Nashville, Tennessee. The Nashville program started in December 1986 with four congregations. They now have more than 180 congregations involved in Middle Tennessee and more than 6,000 volunteers.
After two successful seasons, the Colonial congregation decided they needed to recruit more faith communities to be a part of this important ministry. Peace Lutheran joined the effort in 2012. Five more congregations became Room in the Inn-Memphis sites in 2013, and several more joined for the 2014 winter season. We begin the 2015 winter season with 22 congregations offering a warm safe place for our unsheltered friends. For the first time, we have at least one host site open every night of the week throughout the season.
Room in the Inn-Memphis hopes to increase the number of homeless guests served by recruiting many more volunteers and volunteer congregations. After learning more about this city-wide ministry, we hope you will want to join us.