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Young Friends host dinner, overnight for the homeless

Room at the Inn clients help themselves to a delicious meal prepared by the Young Friends of Room at the Inn.

Room at the Inn clients help themselves to a delicious meal prepared by the Young Friends of Room at the Inn.

The Young Friends of Room at the Inn board held its first service project of the year, serving clients dinner and volunteering for an overnight stay at the shelter Saturday, June 21.

Approximately 15 volunteers helped prepare meals, played with young clients, and stayed over night tending to the clients needs.

Typically, Room at the Inn clients spend the night at one of the shelter’s night site partners, made up of approximately 60 interfaith congregations throughout the St. Louis area.

“With this event, we wanted our young friends group to experience shelter life,” said Catie Myers, Young Friends of Room board member. “We also wanted other young professionals who are not part of Young Friends of Room to come check out our program and the wonderful mission of the shelter.”

Lori Coachman, one of the attendees, had no previous knowledge of Room at the Inn, but saw the opportunity for Saturday’s event featured on T.V.

“I love to volunteer for different organizations and I loved how easy it was to get involved with this event,” Coachman said. “I had a great time playing with the kids.”

Myers said Saturday’s event also helped break stereotypes.

“It gives people a different perspective about what it means to volunteer with the homeless,” Myers said. “Some people out there are scared or do not know if they could handle volunteering at a homeless shelter, but once they are here, they realize it is much easier and a lot of fun. It was great to see this group of volunteers living the mission.”

Interested in joining the Young Friends of Room at the Inn or volunteering at the shelter? Contact Chris Hotard at or call at (314) 209-9198.

Catie Myers, Young Friends of Room board member, and a young client enjoy the shelter's playground together.

Catie Myers, Young Friends of Room board member, and a young client enjoy the shelter’s playground together.

‘At Home with the Homeless’

Volunteer reflects on Room at the Inn experience

Reform Judaism screenshotRecently, Debra Solomon Baker, a member of Congregation Shaare Emeth in St. Louis, wrote about her experiences as a night site volunteer for Room at the Inn in the publication “Reform Judaism.”

Congregation Shaare Emeth is one of the longest-serving night sites for Room at the Inn. They joined our mission of serving homeless families and children in 1993, more than 20 years ago.

Baker’s piece, titled “At Home with the Homeless,” takes a deep and personal look as to why she decided to volunteer and the effect serving at Room at the Inn has on her and her family.

“The plain fact is, my kids and I show up because women and children need us to be there,” Baker writes in her piece.

Baker said she sees how her 13-year-old son, Max, and 11-year-old daughter, Sarah, are learning to see homeless people beyond their conditions.

“We show up because in the morning, when I am driving these women and children back to the day shelter and I glance through my rearview mirror, I’ll often see Sarah holding hands with a girl she knows not as homeless, but as human,” Baker explains. “I’ll see the girl clutching, with her other hand, a magic wand that Sarah has pulled from her closet in our little ranch home. We show up because I want my children to know that the world is filled with us, not with us and them-and just because some of us have closets bursting with Wii games and stuffed bears does not mean that we are somehow better than those of us who do not.”

Room at the Inn would like to thank Ms. Baker for her wonderful piece and her and her congregation’s tireless efforts to help the homeless in our community.

May God bless you.

Click here to read Mrs. Baker’s entire story.

Want to get involved? Follow this link for volunteer opportunities with Room at the Inn.

Volunteer at Room at the Inn for a Night!

YFGLogoThe Young Friends of Room at the Inn is looking for volunteers for the group’s first service project of the year: an overnight stay with the clients of the shelter.

This is a great opportunity for members of Young Friends of Room, or those interested in learning more about the group, to see what Room at the Inn is all about! Volunteer participants get to see firsthand what it’s like to serve at a night site, as well as get to meet some of the fantastic clients currently staying at the shelter.

The purpose of Young Friends of Room at the Inn is to plan, direct, and implement activities to engage 22-40 year old constituent group in fundraising, volunteering, mentoring and advocacy efforts for the benefit of Room at the Inn.

The event will start at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at the shelter (located at 3415 Bridgeland Dr. Bridgeton, MO 63044). Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed with fun activities planned by the Young Friends Board. Volunteers will be serving until 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Volunteers can participate in all or part of the night.

“This is a great opportunity to learn more about the organization and connect with the people we serve,” said Chris Hotard, Young Friends Board Chair.

To participate, or for more information, contact Catie Myers at (573) 382-0559 or Chris Hotard at (314) 209-9198 or via email at

Room at the Inn participates in Give STL Day

If you missed our 2014 Breakfast with the INN Crowd, do not worry, because this May 6 you can support Room at the Inn during one of the largest fundraising events in the St. Louis are: Give STL Day!


Give STL Day is a big, bold opportunity for our community. A partnership between the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation and local nonprofits (including Room at the Inn) where hundreds-if not thousands-of donors from every neighborhood in our community will come together on a single day to raise significant funds for local needs.

“We believe this event offers St. Louisans a new, innovative giving platform that will raise awareness of the region’s countless worthwhile nonprofit organizations, while also helping connect donors to these agencies,” said Amelia Bond, President and CEO of the Community Foundation, in a news release about the event. “We’re incredibly excited to see how much good St. Louis can do.”

What you can do

Throughout the entire day on May 6, 2014, anyone wishing to contribute need only visit, search for Room at the Inn, and donate with a credit or debit card. You can also go directly to Room at the Inn’s giving page at 

Contributions will be added to the ongoing tally board located on the website. Results will be tracked throughout the day. In addition, status updates – including giving challenges – will be promoted on Facebook ( and twitter (

Spread the word and invite all your friends. Make Give STL Day a success for Room at the Inn and a success for St. Louis!

On the day of the event, the form below will go live. You can donate through this page, or at the link provided above.


Breakfast with the INN Crowd 2014

Room at the Inn invites you to join us for Breakfast with the INN Crowd, a breakfast and auction from 7 to 9 a.m. on Friday, April 11, at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel, 9801 Natural Bridge Road. This fundraising event will allow you to help the homeless and still get to work on time! With the involvement of more than 60 interfaith congregations, including your own, Room at the Inn offers temporary, emergency shelter for women and families, up to 20 people each night. All proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the homeless of St. Louis County. Tickets are $35/person. To purchase tickets, contact Colleen Price at 314-209-9181 or

Click on this link to purchase your tickets online!

For information about sponsorship and ad opportunities, download our Ad and Sponsorship Toolkit here.

You can also join our event page on Facebook and start inviting all your friends and family!

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