NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — For 30 years, Room in the Inn has housed and fed Middle Tennessee’s homeless at Christmastime.
Between November 1 and March 31, Room In The Inn helps 200 people, including families, stay warm and fed.
They turn away about 75 people each night, but not on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. The organization finds a way to accommodate everyone.
“Our goal during this time of they year is to reverse the story,” Executive Director Rachel Hester said. “To date, no one has been turned away on Christmas Eve or Christmas day.”
Hester is referring to the Christian belief that Mary and Joseph were turned away at an Inn before delivering baby Jesus in a manger.
There are currently 190 Middle Tennessee Room In The Inn congregations and more than 6,500 volunteers.
This form of charity has helped shape similar organizations in 23 other cities.
Room In The Inn hopes to grow to 200 congregations in celebration of their 30th year.