It is that time of year where the seasons change and temperatures dip. For some, this means curling up by the fire with a good book and a pumpkin spice latte, but for those without a home, it means surviving temperatures that put them at serious risk every night. However, then there is Room in the Inn, a growing coalition of churches that host those experiencing homelessness, providing them with a safe place to sleep and get meals from November-March.
However, stay is based a lottery system, as there are a limited amount of slots at each church. We need more churches to get involved so we don’t have to turn anyone away. There are also lots of ways to support RITI as a volunteer placed in one of the churches. They even have weekend shifts if you work during the week. Just log on to roomintheinn-memphis.org or contact Whitney at whitney@roomintheinn-memphis.
We are enjoying our new space at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and grateful to Rev. Andrews, Emily, Jasper and his crew for bearing with us as we transition. H.O.P.E. is looking forward to working with our new friends as well as connect with others through this ministry. St. Mary’s offers a nice somber church service on Wednesday and then a sit down breakfast, as well as on Saturday, the Pop Top Ministry. The Pop Top Ministry provides snack crackers, Vienna sausages, granola bars, etc to those experiencing homelessness. Our very own treasurer, Mother Georgia King, is having a drive for these items as well as monetary donations now-November 10th. Please contact Mother King at 901-650-7321 for more details or on how to donate to the Pop Top Ministry.
For more information about how you can help donate or support HOPE or those who do the work to combat homelessness, or would like to put on a HOPE shirt and volunteer, contact Tamara Hendrix, (901)725.4990 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feed the Movement!
H.O.P.E. would like to thank Marcos Pizza for providing pizzas for the H.O.P.E meetings on the 1st Wednesday of the month! H.O.P.E is a supportive advocacy group for people with the experiences of homelessness. For many groups and organizations offering free food at meetings is a plus for their attendees, but for H.O.P.E. it is a necessity, due to the fact that most often the meal offered at H.O.P.E. meetings may be the only meal they will have that day. Also we would like to thank another one of our new sponsors, Hattie B’s! Please give these businesses your service and tell them H.O.P.E. sent you!
How can you help? You can help by donating prepared foods on Wednesdays to our meeting that afternoon. Don’t have time to cook or buy prepared foods and bring them to our meeting space? We also accept monetary donations towards this cause. Neither of those options seem feasible for you presently? We are also looking for restaurants willing to donate food to our meetings. As always, all forms of donations are completely tax deductible.
If you would like to discuss how you can offer support to HOPE please call Tamara @ 901-254-5964 or email email@example.com.