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Mayor Announces Exellence in Volunteer Engagement Recipients

Mon, 05/12/2014

Mayor Karl Dean announced today that Room In The Inn is among 42 nonprofit organizations that received a renewal or new certification in the Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE) program, an initiative to recognize high-quality volunteer management by nonprofits and to help increase the number of volunteers in Davidson County. It is the first such certification effort in the nation.

Room In The Inn's 180 congregations recognized with Strobel Award nomination

Tue, 04/15/2014

The 180 congregations came together to provide more than 31,000 shelter beds to Nashville’s homeless community through Room In The Inn from November 1, 2013-March 31, 2014.  These congregations and their more than 6,500 volunteers are a finalist for a Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Award in the civic volunteer group category.

H.E.L.P. Clinic recognized for providing free legal services

Tue, 04/15/2014

Baker Donelson has been named a finalist for a Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Award in the corporate volunteerism category.  Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz is Room In the Inn’s organizing partner for Nashville’s H.E.L.P. (Homeless Experience Legal Protection) Clinic. By recruiting, training, and scheduling volunteer attorneys, Baker Donelson connected 344 individuals with free legal assistance in 2012-2013.

Video of The STAND now available online

Thu, 08/01/2013

Jim Reyland’s play The STAND is now available online in its entirety.  40 performances in 3 months at 14 venues benefitted Nashville’s fight against homelessness through Room In The Inn in Fall 2012.  This video resource is available for congregations, groups, and individuals who are interested in learning more about homelessness.

Hearing Clinic for the homeless begins at Room In The Inn

Fri, 07/19/2013

Caleb Whitmer, The Tennessean

Local community groups, audiologists and a Metro Council member are developing new ways to deal with hearing loss among homeless residents, a problem they say is little known and goes unaddressed.

Room In The Inn, which provides shelter and works to combat homelessness in Nashville, played host Monday to a free screening for low-income residents.

Founding Director Charles Strobel honored with Kopio Award

Fri, 07/19/2013

Summer Celebration 2013 began Sunday night, June 30, and continued through Tuesday, July 2, as more than 4,000 people streamed to campus for worship, fellowship, fireworks and spiritual activities of all types. At each keynote session, themed  “Practicing the Way of Jesus: The Message of the Sermon on the Mount,” Lipscomb paid tribute to one who has served God with enthusiasm throughout their lifetime.

Homeless to Housed, a Different Path than Most

Mon, 03/18/2013
Randall Lewis beamed as he walked around inside his home as it was being built. “That’s the master bedroom,” he said, pointing to a space defined only by a wooden frame outlining the room. “It’s coming on beautiful. I’m loving this. That’s my living room.” It’s a far cry from Lewis’ life for the past 35 years.

From Room In The Inn to Habitiat House

Fri, 03/08/2013

One Nashville man says if he could do it, anyone can. Just six years ago, he was a drug addict and homeless. This month, he’s becoming a homeowner.

“It had to be in the Lord’s plan. It wasn’t in mine,” new homeowner Randall Lewis said.

Building a home from the foundation up, for Lewis, is symbolic of how he’s reconstructed his life.

Once-Homeless Man Gets 'New Chance At Life'

Mon, 11/26/2012

Troy Bahnsen spent last Thanksgiving on the streets, as a former self-described “dope fiend” who’d been in and out of prison for most of his adult life. One year later, he has learned many life-changing lessons —and one of the most valuable is the fact that he’s not alone.

Bahnsen is one of 15 men in phase three of Room in the Inn’s Odyssey program, which offers transitional housing and education for the chronically homeless. His fellow members are fighting together to overcome years of addiction, criminal records and a lack of strong relationships.

Local playwright takes 'Stand' on homelessness

Mon, 09/10/2012

THEATER REVIEW
Some plays were written simply to entertain. Others were designed to inform or educate an audience. Jim Reyland’s remarkable new play, “Stand,” manages to do both on a level that is rarely seen.

Inspired by Reyland’s own experiences as a volunteer for Nashville’s Room In The Inn, “Stand” tells the true story of Johnny “JJ” Ellis — a man who spent three decades on the streets of Nashville, battling addiction and homelessness.

Room with a View to the Future

Fri, 09/10/2010

As in most other urban cities in the United States, it’s difficult not to be aware of the surging growth in the homeless population. From natural disasters to economic challenges, many have been left without homes and jobs. Fortunately, Nashville has just completed the first phase of a major expansion of Room in the Inn, a $13 million comprehensive center that will expand housing, job training, education and healthcare services for Nashville’s homeless community.

More Room In The Inn As Homeless Facility Makes Bold New Expansion

Thu, 09/09/2010

A ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday heralded the opening of the Room In The Inn’s new center for the homeless. Among those in attendance were Mayor Karl Dean and Gov. Phil Bredesen.
“This expansion of the campus leverages public and private dollars not only to benefit the homeless, but the city as a whole,” Mayor Dean said.

The ceremony and ensuing open house celebrated the completion of Phase I of the Inn’s campus expansion project, which represents the finished construction of a 45,000-square-foot facility across from the Inn’s original 20,000-square-foot building.