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 opens their building and provides volunteers one night a week.
God has given this ministry safety and blessings since it began in December of 2013. Last winter, we provided 1,522 beds to 79 men and 22 women.
This winter we are preparing to host 18 men and 12 women each night (3 churches per night). Some of our main needs are host churches, volunteers, drivers, funds, and meals.
Through 15 weeks of winter, churches host nightly shelters with capacity for 18 men and 12 women. Shelter host—stay overnight attending to guest needs. Must be 18 or older.
Local churches provide shuttle service to and from shelters each day, and volunteers drive individual guests to work and to doctor’s appointments. To volunteer as a bus driver all you need is a standard drivers license.
Prepare and deliver breakfast to a shelter—either the night before or by 6:30 a.m.
On-call medical professional—licensed and insured medical personnel on stand-by to answer health questions during shelters.
Most of the shelter sites offer hot showers, and several wash & dry guest laundry. Wash shelter laundry—pick up towels, sheets and blankets from a church, return them clean a few days later. overnight attending to guest needs. Must be 18 or older.
Donate goodie bags for shelter guests—Great project for kids! Pack small treats into a Ziplock baggie. We will give to guests as they leave in the mornings.