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Room In the Inn is a traveling shelter for women who are homeless in Buncombe County. This shelter goes from church to church in the county. This program is completely church funded. Women come into the program through signing up at A-Hope, a day shelter located in downtown Asheville. The shelter comes to our campus church 4 times a year, once each term.
We need 5-6 volunteers each night of Room in the Inn. Volunteers must arrive for service at 6:00pm in Upper Fellowship (behind the Chapel) and stay until 7:00am. Each volunteers takes a one hour shift starting at midnight so that one volunteer is awake at all times in case there is an emergency. Volunteers are also there to eat dinner and spend time with the women. Volunteers also help with dinner prep, cleanup, breakfast prep, and other small housekeeping responsibilities that may arise.
Can't stay a whole night, but would still like to volunteer? Well, Room in the Inn always needs drivers to pick the women up from A-Hope in the evening and to take them back to A-Hope in the morning. Volunteers could get 1-2 hours of service for driving.
Have a special talent that you can share? Room in the Inn is for looking volunteers to teach sessions. Such as knitting sessions, bead work sessions, cooking sessions. Or, just come play your instrument for an hour and get service!
Volunteers can receive up to 8 hours per night of service. Service credit is also given for the training, but only if the volunteer completes their night of service. Due to high demand, we have started limiting volunteers to one night of service per week Room in the Inn is here unless we cannot fine enough people.
Volunteers are REQUIRED to attend the training prior to their volunteering. The training is offered several times before Room in the Inn begins. If for some reason the volunteer can not make any of the trainings they must stop by the RISE project (lower Dodge) and speak to either one of the student coordinators (Jenny Gay and Victoria Wiener) or Kelly Kelbel.
The National Coalition for the Homeless is a great source for information. Below is a link to different fact sheets, but you can also use this link to search the site for more information.
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