Julie Vukadinovich first learned of Room in the Inn from her parents who were involved through their small church in Nashville. When the Memphis Room in the Inn director came to Christ Church, Julie wanted to learn more.
She shared how the ministry provides a night of respite for homeless and asked if anyone would like to help at her home church Colonial Cumberland Presbyterian — or if we might like to get a group together to host an extra night. That was two years ago, and several Christ Church members did help. Julie’s Sunday school class, Joy, committed monthly to serve the meal or help in the clothes closet. As these members served together, they thought maybe Christ Church could provide enough volunteers to open the doors an extra night each month — but someone needed to step up to coordinate the effort.
“After much prayer with me saying — ‘Really Lord? Me? Do I know enough people at Christ Church? I am not good at talking in front of people’ — I agreed to be the Christ Church coordinator,” Julie said. “God has truly shown up as I have spoken with groups. He gave me the words, the bravery and many beautiful people that have responded to God’s call to help the homeless.”
The Room in the Inn ‘season’ has started, and Christ Church hosts the second Wednesday night each month, November – March, at Colonial Cumberland Presbyterian. From 15-20 volunteers are needed to make beds, serve dinner, fellowship with guests, monitor showers/clothes closet, spend the night, or the following morning to clean and do laundry. This is a great serving opportunity for families, couples and individuals who are available on Wednesday evenings. If unable to attend, the group also needs cleaning supplies and donations for laundromat visits.
To serve, Julie would love to share more with you or your class/group. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.