Established in 1996 as an extension of the Urban Ministry Center, Room in the Inn is a unique program that partners with local universities and churches to open their facilities to provide shelter and food for the homeless during the winter months. Room in the Inn sites offer a warm, safe place to sleep, serve dinner and breakfast, and then return guests the following morning to uptown Charlotte. The program provides a unique opportunity for people of faith to become directly involved with our homeless neighbors. Myers Park Presbyterian has been a part of this ministry for many years, and last season, the entire Charlotte community served 1,500 neighbors through Room in the Inn, with MPPC serving 23 neighbors every Thursday night.
MPPC disciples, David Cunningham and Alan Lewis, hold this mission very dear to their hearts. As co-leaders of the Ministry Team for Room in the Inn, David and Alan make sure the process of caring for our homeless neighbors is executed smoothly. There are so many ways people can get involved, and it takes a team of disciples working together to make this ministry a success. “We have about 20 disciples every week that come in and help make this happen,” says David. “Our high school youth come Thursday night and set up the cots and sort sheets, and parents bring their children as well to help make the beds.” Disciples also prepare and serve dinner and breakfast, drive the bus to pick up neighbors and spend the evening at the Outreach Center with the neighbors as overnight hosts. “Jesus said, truly I tell you whatever you do to the least of my brothers and sisters, you have done for me,” says Alan. “This is the way we live out that love each time we serve at Room in the Inn.”
At MPPC, Room in the Inn occurs every Thursday night and Friday morning from December 6th to March 28th in the Outreach Center. Disciples can serve weekly, monthly, or even just once or twice. This year, there is especially a need for disciples to serve as overnight hosts and breakfast makers/servers. We are also collecting items to provide for our homeless neighbors during their stay. New items such as twin sheets, XL robes, socks, gloves, winter hats, towels, and washcloths can be donated in the labeled Welcome Center bins. For more information and to sign up to serve, visit myersparkpres.org/riti or email Ministry Team Leaders David Cunningham firstname.lastname@example.org or Alan Lewis at email@example.com