Hope University: Education & Workforce Development
At Room In The Inn, we believe each individual deserves opportunities for lifelong learning and self-empowerment. In addition to direct support, Hope University provides a variety of daily education and workforce development programming to help participants along their journey. Many of these opportunities are led by volunteers and other community partners.
Our upstairs Education Center includes an Art Room, Music Room, and classes for creative writing, story-telling, film, and literacy.
Bible study and spiritual reflection classes are offered most days.
“Let’s Kick It”
Peer-led support sessions geared toward setting and meeting personal/employment goals. This program often serves as an introduction to other education and workforce development opportunities on our campus.
Drug & Alcohol Recovery
Participants seeking or in the process of receiving recovery from addiction can attend daily group support sessions.
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30am
Our support coordinators discuss the steps to obtaining housing and connect participants with resources to overcome barriers.
Computer Lab & Career Center
Participants are invited to use the computer lab and career center for job seeking, resume writing, and personal career counseling.
Participants can meet individually with volunteers for GED preparation, math/literacy tutoring, and general mentorship to set personal goals.
Community Partner Classes
Organizations from the greater Nashville community send representatives to lead sessions covering a variety of topics including financial counseling, cultural exchange, health and wellness, and career counseling. Click here
to learn more about our partnerships in the community.
Education Incentive Program
Class attendance at Hope University is recognized through a rewards system. Participants receive 40 points for each class they attend. They can redeem these points at a store in our Education Center, where they can purchase personal care items, bus passes, identification applications, and vouchers for services at our campus (i.e. laundry, storage, and tickets for special programs).
Employment Power Weeks
Participants complete a week of personalized sessions that focus on resume writing, interview skills, and ways to remove barriers that allow them to meet their goals. At the end of the week, participants receive 500 points. Those with barriers are connected with appropriate resources. Those who are ready for employment are provided professional attire and have the opportunity to interview with a local employer.
New Participant Orientation Video WATCH
New Congregation Info Pack DOWNLOAD PDF
Current Congregation Registration Form DOWNLOAD PDF
The Room In The Inn Story, by Charles Strobel Download PDF
Our community comes together at Clancey’s Café to have a cup of coffee and a pastry, get to know one another, and enjoy live music. Performers have included our participants, staff members, and some of Music City’s finest like Charlie Worsham, Don Schlitz, and Carrie Underwood. Guests are able to visit Clancey’s with tickets that they can buy with points earned through attending classes at Hope University.
Clancey’s serves as part of our workforce development internship program, offered to participants in our transitional programs. Interns at Clancey’s have the opportunity to work in an authentic coffee house environment as servers, bussers, and managers. As a place for participants to both develop skills and build relationships with one another, Clancey’s is a key component of Hope University’s mission to allow participants to grow and participate in bettering their own life.