Room In The Inn’s Winter Shelter program runs from November through March each year, in coordination with almost 200 congregations throughout Middle Tennessee. The program provides safe shelter, warm meals, and fellowship for our neighbors struggling with homelessness during the coldest months of the year.
If You Need Shelter
We will do our best to accommodate everyone who needs a place to stay. However, space is limited and we may need to provide information about alternative shelter programs.
Men: Men seeking shelter should come to our downtown campus (705 Drexel Street) and speak to a staff member for instructions. The Winter Shelter help desk opens at 3:30 pm, 7 days a week, with a staff member available to answer any questions.
Women: To participate in the shelter program, women must attend Women's Group at 2:30 pm, Monday-Friday.
Each congregation that participates in the Winter Shelter program coordinates its own volunteers, meals, and additional services. To serve Room In The Inn guests at your congregation, connect with your congregation's Winter Shelter coordinators.
If your congregation is interested in participating in our Winter Shelter program, see the New Congregation Packet and sign-up sheet below.
If you are interested in volunteering at our downtown campus to help facilitate the Winter Shelter during the evening, contact our volunteer team
For more questions about Winter Shelter at Room In The Inn, call the Winter Shelter direct line at 615-251-7019
Did You Know?
Room In The Inn began in 1986 when founding director Charles Strobel, a priest at the time, offered peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to those in need gathered near his East Nashville church.
Today, nearly 200 congregations representing many faith traditions engage in this ministry, providing overnight shelter and hospitality, inspired by God’s love.
The concept has become a model for programs in 36 other cities, from Calgary, Canada, to Charlotte, North Carolina.
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
Crossroads of Life or Death: A Documentary about the Room In The Inn Winter Shelter ProgramWatch Video