Room In the Inn
Serve the Community
Each winter, we partner with our neighbor church to serve our community through providing warm lodging and food for those without homes. Find more information below about how to get involved, and a sign up form will appear below when we are preparing for our next serve day!
More Information about Room In the Inn
Room In the Inn Ministry
Cross Park partners with Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church (QHPC) in its Room In The Inn (RITI) ministry. As a host site, QHPC opens its facilities twice a month between December and March to provide shelter and food for the homeless during the winter months. The ministry picks up assigned Guests from the Urban Ministry Center, drives them to the church, offers a warm safe place to sleep, serves two meals (dinner and breakfast) and a bag lunch to go, and returns Guests the following morning.
The overall ministry is a community-wide program coordinated by the Urban Ministry Center located in uptown Charlotte. The Urban Ministry Center serves the needs of the homeless community in Charlotte by providing necessary services for them to survive spiritually, socially and physically. Started in Nashville, TN, the RITI program was modeled by Charlotte as a way to supplement the growing demand for shelter during the winter months (December – March). These months also cover the same time frame of the Charlotte Emergency Winter Shelter.
The RITI program is a unique way for Cross Park to become directly involved with individuals who are homeless, providing shelter on cold winter nights and the opportunity to share Christ’s love with those in need.
For more information about Room in the Inn - Charlotte, visit the Urban Ministry Center's website at http://www.urbanministrycenter.org/helping-the-homeless/ways-we-help/room-in-the-inn/
QHPC Representative arrives to unlock the meeting room and closet for access.
Team of 4-5 needed to set up beds, arrange tables, and prepare the facility for guests
Van driver and one other depart to pick up guests from the Urban Ministry Center (QHPC does all driving)
Dinner prep team begins getting dinner ready as well as preparing bagged lunches to offer guests on Sunday morning
Dinner service/clean up team arrives to manage the evening meal
Dinner service team welcomes guests and assists with the meal
Overnight team arrives and helps with clean up and getting prepared for the evening
Overnight team reviews rules, RITI layout and schedule/routine with guests
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Free Time: Watch a video, fellowship, watch TV, Bible study/devotional time, play cards/board games, etc.
9:00pm Lights Out
Food Volunteers arrive and begin breakfast preparation
Wake-up. Have Guests help collect bedding.
Bedding Volunteers arrive to assist with bedding take-down and general clean-up.
6:30am Breakfast is served.
Drivers and Guests depart for the Uptown Transit Center with lunches (QHPC does all driving).
Clean-up of meeting space and laundry is completed (QHPC does bed linen laundry)
Breakdown of beds and reset for Sunday morning service is completed.