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Hundreds come out in support of Breakfast with the INN Crowd

Hundreds of guests listen as Sister Barbara McMullen, CDP, recites the opening prayer before the 2014 Breakfast with the INN Crowd Friday, April 11, at the St. Louis Renaissance Airport Hotel.

(BRIDGETON, Mo.) Room at the Inn’s sixth annual Breakfast with the INN Crowd, held Friday, April 11, was a resounding success, with more than 320 guests attending the event and showing their support for Room at the Inn’s work with the homeless in St. Louis area.

“With this year’s breakfast, we wanted to make a stand for our youngest clients-the children of Room at the Inn,” said Development Director Ana G. Schulz. “All of us at Room at the Inn were impressed and humbled with the show of support from this year’s gala.”

The breakfast, held at the St. Louis Renaissance Airport Hotel, featured several speakers on the subject of homelessness, including Karen Wallensak, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Community Services, who gave a sobering description of homelessness in the area.

“Children are among what the National Center on Family Homelessness calls ‘America’s Youngest Outcast,'” Wallensak said during her presentation. “The average age of a homeless child is six years old.”

Wallensak highlighted the work that shelters like Room at the Inn do every day to fight homelessness.

“When you step back and look at the amount of work that goes on in places like Room at the Inn, it’s almost miraculous what these shelters can accomplish,” she said.

But it is not a job that can be done alone.

“Room at the Inn’s mission is only possible thanks to the hundreds of people who stepped up to the plate Friday to help those who need it most,” said Program Director Valorie Ferlis. “To all of you who contributed in some way to the success of the event, we just want to thank you and tell you you have made a huge different in the life of many women, children and families.”

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Help Plan Room at the Inn’s 1st Annual Golf Tournament!

(BRIDGETON, Mo) Webster Groves Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Westborough Country Club are pleased to announce their First Annual Golf Tournament to benefit Room at the Inn. The event will take place Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.

This unique opportunity will bring together local sponsors and supporters of Room at the Inn for a fun event that will include a round of golf and other attractions. All proceeds will go directly to support Room at the Inn’s interfaith effort to combat homelessness in the St. Louis region.

“Room at the Inn is so thankful for Webster Groves Christian Church and Westborough Country Club’s efforts to make this event possible,” said Room at the Inn’s Program Director Valorie Ferlis. “It is the first time we have ever hosted a golf tournament, and we are looking forward to having a day of fun and generosity benefiting our shelter.”

Room at the Inn is currently forming a planning committee to help us make this event a great success. Experience with previous charity golf tournaments and/or with the game of golf is highly desirable, but anyone possessing interest and time to dedicate to helping with the planning and production of this event will be gladly accepted.

 Click here for sponsorship opportunities!

For questions and/or to get involved, please contact Development Director Ana Schulz at, or call 314-209-9181.

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