The rich and poor have this in common, the Lord is maker of them all. - Proverbs 22:2
If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? - James 2:16
He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. - Proverbs 14:31
The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me. - Matthew 25:40
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” - Hebrews 13:2
The Carpenter’s House
God is providing a new space for day hospitality, worship, feeding ministries, social services, recuperative services and RITI congregational site training. Eventually, this site will also become the pick-up and drop-off location for Room in the Inn guests. In partnership with First United Methodist Church, Iona Community of Faith and Urban Bicycle Food Ministry, Room in the Inn-Memphis will help to open The Carpenter's House, an ecumenical center for urban ministry to those experiencing homelessness.
This former Carpenter’s Union building will be the new home of Room in the Inn-Memphis, Iona Community of Faith and the Urban Bicycle Food Ministry, but a great deal of work needs to be done to prepare the building to provide hospitality and much more for our unsheltered neighbors. It is located at North Second Street and Exchange Avenue, next door to First United Methodist Church, who has generously donated use of the building.
Our dreams are big and our needs are many. We need your prayers for God's guidance. We will be asking for volunteers who have gifts and talents to share.
Many thanks to Stephen Berger, AIA, LEED AP, managing principal of brg3s architects in Memphis, who has donated some preliminary drawings of what changes will need to be made to renovate the building.
To complete these renovations, we will need many talented volunteers, who have skills in the areas of: