Extend hospitality with us!
Every Sunday, December and January, Christ Church (along with over 100 other churches and organizations) provides emergency winter shelter for 12 homeless neighbors (homeless men, women, children, and/or families).
Parishioners host our neighbors by assisting with bed set-up; picking up neighbors; making, serving, and sharing dinner with neighbors; serving as overnight hosts; and making sack lunches. We offer hospitality to those who have no place to call home. This is a great volunteer opportunity for families, especially for those with young children.
To learn more, contact Thurman Brooks at .
Room In The Inn VolunteerS
We are excited to serve one of our most vulnerable communities again. Below is a sample of some of the opportunities available. If you are interested in signing up to volunteer with us, click here.
- Set up (4-6 volunteers; 4:30-6:00 PM)
- Dinner (4-6 volunteers; 5:30-7:00 PM)
- Overnight Hosts (2 volunteers - must be 21+ yrs.; 7:00 PM - 7:00 AM)
- Van Drivers (2 trained volunteers;be at Christ Church at 4:45 pm on Sunday and 5:45 am on Monday to drive guests to and from the Roof Above Center.)
- Breakfast (2 volunteers)
- Bag Lunches (1-2 volunteers)
Parishioners describe their Room in the Inn experiences:
“I've spent many Sundays setting up for Room In the Inn for the past two years. I enjoy doing this because by doing so I know I am helping twelve homeless neighbors each week to have an experience of "home" that is somewhat rare for them. I do not get to spend dinner with the guests or even get to meet them but I am still so satisfied knowing that I am helping others by giving my time to make their time and stay at Christ Church as perfect as it can be. Volunteering through Room in the Inn allows me to meet and spend time with other members of our church that I don't regularly get to be around and it makes it all the more fun! Room in the Inn is my way of giving back to those less fortunate than I am and I am glad to do it! It's been a great learning experience for me and others, I'm sure, to realize how blessed we are and how our help to others is so beneficial and appreciated.” – Stewart Parkhurst
“I talked with several guests last night at Room in the Inn (RITI). I could not have had a more meaningful and faith based Sunday night. We talked about faith. We talked about how life is hard sometimes for all of us. We talked about how God is always there—wherever we are. We shared stories of times we reached for God and He responded. We talked about times we forgot to ask for God’s help and how the journey was harder without asking God to walk with us every step of the way. We laughed. We assured each other that with God’s help and our cooperation, our lives will work out for the best. We were thankful for all of the many blessings in our lives. When reading Jesus Calling the next morning, the passage said, 'Give up the illusion that you deserve a problem-free life....In fact, my light shines most brightly through believers who trust me in the dark.' There was lots of light last night at RITI.” – Catherine Flemming
“It was my younger son’s idea for us to host as a family back when he was in elementary school. My older son was in middle school at the time and he did not want to participate, at all. With a bit of persistent persuasion we got him engaged by playing games with our guests. After that one experience, it no longer became something we needed to convince anyone in our family to do. We all enjoyed it!
Our family has volunteered three times as overnight hosts for Room in the Inn. Without a doubt, it has been a profound experience for us individually and collectively. Each time since the first one, it has been our sons who have urged that we serve again. Both boys have shared how Room in the Inn has helped open their hearts and minds to our neighbors and changed their prejudices into love and understanding. Collectively we have come together as a family and reflected on our lives and our neighbors with much gratitude and humility. We are all equal in the eyes of God.” – The DeVries Family