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Room In the Inn

Bette Miller, Steve Hagler

How Can You Help

HGUMC 2023 Room in the Inn will start soon.  We will host 10 homeless men one Thursday evening a month January 5, February 9 and March 9 2023.  This ministry depends on volunteers and there are many different ways you can help.  If you would like more information on the duties of each role feel free to email Bette Miller at  Use the link to the sign-up genius page to volunteer.  Please consider having your Sunday School Class or study group cover an entire evening.  


Room in the Inn 2024 dates:  Thursday 1/11/2024, 2/15/2024, 3/21/2024


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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.