A word from our Homeless Ministries Team about Room in the Inn
As colder weather approaches, we would ordinarily be gearing up for another season of Room in the Inn (RITI) at Belmont UMC as we have done for over 30 years. Clearly this is no ordinary season and our homeless ministries will look different this year. There is no question that Belmont has a heart for mission and ministries to area neighbors experiencing homelessness. While our congregation has been creative in continuing so many programs, hosting 12 overnight guests sharing space for meals, showers and sleep along with the volunteers who support this poses special challenges beyond what is required for worship & other gatherings. For this reason, we have made the difficult decision that we will not start hosting RITI every Friday night at our acility in November this year.
We do plan to continue to support the Room in the Inn winter shelter program at the downtown location. We will have opportunities to provide food for meals, sack lunches, toiletries and supplies. There will also be opportunities to volunteer on-site at that location for those who are comfortable serving in this way. We will continue to monitor the situation and know we will resume hosting RITI at Belmont when it is safe and feasible to do so.
The need for homeless ministries in our community is great and Belmont’s commitment is unyielding despite the challenges. Watch for more information coming soon about new opportunities to serve. For more information, please contact Susan Utley or Nelda Schreiber.
Room In The Inn at Belmont United Methodist Church
Belmont UMC is one of several hundred churches in the Nashville area that provides a safe, warm place for homeless persons to stay overnight one night each week from November through March and receive three meals (dinner, breakfast, and a sack lunch). This ministry is provided in association with the Room In The Inn program developed and conducted by the Campus for Human Development, a non-profit organization founded by Father Charles Strobel.
RITI at Belmont is conducted under the guidance of the Homeless Ministries Team. This team establishes the guidelines and organizes and secures the basic supplies needed for the ministry.
Download our Room-in-the-Inn-volunteer-guidelines-revised 2018 for more information.