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'Room in the Inn' Begins New Season

By WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- As West Tennessee's overnight temperatures fall into the 30s, sleeping on the street gets even more dangerous. But now homeless men have a safe, warm place to sleep, as Area Relief Ministries' "Room in the Inn" program kicks off.

The emergency winter shelter begins its sixth year as of Thursday night.

The men come to the ARM offices every night through the winter and are taken by van to participating churches throughout Jackson and Madison County, where they are given a hot meal, a place to sleep, but that is not all.

"The thing about 'Room in the Inn' is the fellowship. It's not a normal shelter. We like for the church volunteers to be able to fellowship with our guys and we don't want it just to be a shelter where people come through the line and get food, said Lisa Peoples, executive director of Area Relief Ministries. "So, we're able to send those smaller numbers and we can secure at least two churches a night to guarantee that we'll never have to turn anyone away."

Peoples said ARM is always looking for more churches to participate. Last year, "Room in the Inn" provided more than 500 beds and more than 9,000 meals to homeless men during its six-month span.
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