God is providing a new space for day hospitality, worship, food-sharing ministries, social services, recuperative services and RITI congregational site training. This site is also 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:
- General construction
- Heating/air conditioning repair
- Electrical work
- Construction cleanup
If you are interested in helping with this project, please email the Rev. Lisa Anderson, director, at email@example.com.
How exciting it is to be able to offer a place of hospitality and non-violence for our unsheltered friends. We hope you will join us in this effort.