Help Us Make A Difference

How our program works

Wilson County churches are working together to serve as emergency shelters for 15 weeks this winter. In a program modeled after Nashville's Room in the Inn, each church provides volunteers one night a week.

God has given this ministry safety and blessings since it began in December 2013. Last winter, we revamped our program to keep everyone safe during the pandemic. Thanks to the efforts of our COVID Response Team, staff and volunteers, there were no cases of COVID contracted in our shelters. This year the health and safety of our guests and volunteers remains a priority and we will follow CDC guidelines.

Here are ways to get involved. Fill out the form below and we'll follow-up!

Overnight Host

Spend the night at the Hope Center with our male guests; or, at one of our partnering churches, with female guests and show the love of Jesus to our neighbors in need. During this time you will help to facilitate Christ centered conversations and activities and ensure that the evening runs smoothly. Volunteers must be 18 or older and serve on-site from 6:00pm until 7:30am

Bus Drivers

Volunteers with a standard drivers license are needed to provide shuttle service for guests using our shuttle bus. Shifts are about an hour each. Sign up for as many as your schedule allows:

7:00 to 8:00am
3:45 to 4:45pm
6:15 to 7:30pm

Meal Service

Volunteer as an individual or group to prepare and/or serve meals to guests. In the winter, volunteers arrive at 5:00pm to serve dinner from 5:30 to 7:00. Meals are served to men and women at the Host Center.

Contact: Shelia Weathers

Registration Team

Friendly greeters welcome and register guests each winter evening from 3:30-5:30pm. Assist guest with signing up for services including: laundry, showers and meeting with a care coordinator.

Laundry Services

Wash clothes for guests at The Hope Center between 4:00pm-6:00pm. And/or bedding and towels during the day from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Shower Rotation

Shower hosts are needed daily during the winter to help with toiletries and rotating guests every 15 mins from 4:00pm - 5:30pm.

First Aid Advisor

Trained volunteer that offers first aid and referrals to our guests, as needed, regarding their health. Shift is from 4:00-5:00pm.

Donate Snack

Donate snack items such as travel size protein options & small healthy treats to be given to guests as they leave each day


Our program requires 175 volunteer hours every night during shelter season from December to mid-March. If you are interested in serving during the 2023 - 24 Winter Shelter Season, please complete our Volunteer Interest Form.

During the warmer months we keep serving. For information,
call 615-784-9897 or email info@compassionatehandstn.org