Room In the Inn
Steve Hagler, Bette Miller

Room In The Inn History

Since 1996, the Urban Ministry Center has partnered with colleges and congregations of many faiths to open their facilities to provide shelter and food for homeless people during the winter months, December 1 – March 31. Each site offers a warm, safe place to sleep, serves three meals (dinner, breakfast and bag lunch) and then returns guests the following morning to uptown Charlotte. The program offers a unique way for people of faith to become directly involved with individuals who are homeless. The basic goal is to keep homeless people from freezing on cold winter nights. A greater goal is to provide a more personal relationship to homeless people, at least for a night, and to foster a deeper understanding of the depth and complexity of the issue.

Room In The Inn accepts people into the program on the following priority basis:

  • Women or men with children
  • Women
  • Men

How Room In The Inn Works

Participants come to the Urban Ministry Center around 4:00 p.m. for a carefully formatted intake and registration process. Each person is breathalyzed and must show state-issued identification or receive a waiver from our staff. Each person is entered into our database to help us determine who’s using the program and how often. An off-duty police officer is onsite at all times.

How Can You Help

Registering neighbors, driving, making dinner and serving dinner, chaperoning overnight, making sandwiches for lunch or simply sharing a meal and conversation.

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WeCare Monthly Information
# Families in October      32         
Children 0 to 18  46
Adults 19 to 64  47
Seniors 65+  15


October food needs: cans of soup, mixed vegetables, & potatoes (canned or dry)