Our Story

Our History

In the beginning, December 1986, four congregations committed to shelter homeless people through March 1987. By the end of that winter, 31 congregations had joined. Now we have over 190 congregations in Middle Tennessee and over 6,500 volunteers, in addition to our downtown campus, sheltering almost 1,400 men and women from November 1st through March 31st each season. 365 days a year we offer emergency services, transitional programs, and long-term solutions to help people rebuild their lives.

The heart of Room In The Inn remains it’s hospitality. In 1995 we moved from Demonbreun Street to 8th Avenue South to make way for Bridgestone Arena. In 2010, we opened a new 45,000 square foot building and began offering permanent supportive housing for the first time. We now can walk with people on their journey out of chaos, through periods of great change, and continue to support them as they rejoin the workforce, seek education, and work with partner agencies. We do this work with an emphasis on one-on-one relationships and a commitment to serving all those who call the streets of Nashville home.

Our Mission

To provide programs that emphasize human development and recovery through education, self-help and work, centered in community and long term support for those who call the streets of Nashville home.

Our Core Values

Through the power of spirituality and the practice of love, we provide hospitality with a respect that offers hope in a community of non-violence.