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5 Reasons Why We Say Thank You

Thank You

They say you should “count your blessings.” We tried, but realized Room at the Inn is often showered with so many blessings, that they are hard to count.

We pulled the top reasons why we feel blessed and grateful for every day at Room at the Inn. However, we cannot quite encompass the amount of gratitude we feel toward all of you, so we will try the best we can to say thank you to:

Our staff: For their hard work and dedication to making the lives of our clients better every day. Our shelter’s mission and programs could not be carried out without all of your efforts.

Our donors and grantors: You have given us the financial resources that allow us to give our clients the best service we can offer. Your support is the backbone of our programs, and your generosity to see our mission continue is unmatchable.

Our Board of Directors: For steering this organization in all the right directions. Each step of the way in this long journey, you have believed in Room at the Inn and the power we have to serve and improve our community.

Our volunteers: From helping clients with resumes, feeding and clothing them, to offering them a smile and an attentive ear, you’ve care for our clients like one of your own. We are blessed to have the most compassionate and caring individuals giving of themselves to the service of others. You are our rock.

Our Night Sites: You are the cornerstone of our program. You’ve collectively and graciously opened the doors of your faith communities and your hearts for the less fortunate. You give us, and them, a reason to believe in the power of faith, unity and humanity.

Finally, to all and each of you reading this newsletter, whether you have volunteered, served or donated to Room at the Inn, we want to thank you for being part of this wonderful family which seeks to provide the homeless in our community a purpose and a future.

We could spend all day counting our blessings.

Thank you and have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving Day.

Your Support Makes Felicia’s Success Story Possible


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Your Support Makes Felicia’s Success Story Possible

“One night, when I didn’t have any place to go, I ended up at a gas station lot on North Broadway and I-70. I pulled up to the pump and parked there while tears rolled down my face. I had nowhere to stay.” Felicia was very frank with us.

Many people will never know what it is like to sleep inside a parked car in the lot of a lonely gas station. It is difficult for most of us to comprehend, or to be aware of the many individuals who are doing everything they can to stay on their feet…to understand how, when homelessness strikes, they find themselves lost and without a sense of direction.

Such is the story of Felicia, one of the most recent clients served by Room at the Inn.

Felicia came to Room at the Inn, reluctantly, after all her resources ran out. She is a determined and responsible individual who, in spite of working seven days a week, could not make enough money to afford her rent.

“Before I came to Room at the Inn, my life was unstable,” recalls Felicia in a ‘Thank You’ letter she recently wrote to the shelter’s staff. “Even though I had a car and a job, I was homeless. I was working seven days a week and wasn’t bringing in much at all. I drove around all the time visiting family and friends just to pass the evening away.”

Felicia says she felt she hit rock bottom when she ran out of places to stay.

She tried spending nights with her mom, who lives in a senior citizen center. “It was my only hope,” she said.

But when the staff at the senior citizen building found out Felicia was staying there, she had to leave.

At that point, there was only one option left for Felicia: to call the St. Louis County Homeless Hotline.

Little did she know that when she picked up the phone her life would drastically change for the better.

“I prayed and prayed that God would help me. I had thought about going to the shelter, but many years ago, while raising my children, I had a horrible experience with one. So I waited until I couldn’t wait anymore to call the hotline.”

A Caring Community Steps in

Felicia was brought to our shelter, where Client Coordinator Angie Hamilton helped Felicia get connected to different agencies that could help her. In the meantime, Felicia spent her nights at the different congregations which participate in the Room at the Inn Night Site network.

It was at one of those Night Sites where Felicia’s prayers for a miracle happened.

“… one of the night site volunteers found a place for me to live,” Felicia writes. “These people of God even paid for me to move in. My eyes are watery as I write this letter (Tears of Joy.) I moved in without having to pay a dime.”

Now living on her own, Felicia rejoices at this small but powerful miracle that was made possible by the many generous hands that participate in Room’s program.

“My stay at Room at the Inn was wonderful. It was nothing like I thought it would be. We slept and ate dinner and breakfast at different congregations. There was always someone there to encourage me. Through Room at the Inn, I found not only a place to live, but my place in life. Thank you Lord. And thanks to Angela and to all the staff and Sisters at Room at the Inn for your compassion.”

Room at the Inn Needs You

It is easy for us to forget to give thanks and sing praises of gratitude for even the smallest of gifts in life. I know you join with Felicia, as I do, in giving thanks for allowing us to bless her.

We want to thank YOU, as one of our partners, for making Felicia’s story possible. As we move into fall and begin plans for family gatherings to give thanks for our many blessings, we invite you to help us continue to spread God’s Providence, to share miracles and make profound ripples of hope in the lives of the less fortunate.

If you have time to give, become a volunteer. If you believe that God’s Providence is all around us, please pray for this ministry and those who find themselves homeless. The power of our collective action can and will make a difference.

May peace be with you,



Valorie L. Ferlis

Program Director

Room at the Inn


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Room’s Christmas Cards Available NOW!

Front of Room at the Inn's Christmas Card.
Front of Room at the Inn’s Christmas Card.

The holiday season is just around the corner and we want you to be among the first to know that our 2014 Christmas card is now available for pre-order!

The cover art was created by Tyler Jackson, 15, daughter of Room at the Inn Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Matthew. Tyler attends McCluer South-Berkeley High School, in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. They are members of Northside Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Ferguson, MO.

The card features a beautiful angel of peace on the cover and the inside message reads, “Wishing you Joy and Peace at Christmas and throughout the New Year.”

Proceeds from the sale of this card benefit the clients served by Room at the Inn

Cards are $10 for a pack of 12, plus $2.50 for shipping. No shipping fee applied if picked up at Room at the Inn. To place your order, please
contact Colleen Price at 314-209-9181 or

Give a message of peace and goodwill to a loved one while helping the homeless in our community. Purchase your Room at the Inn Christmas Cards today!

Get Your Foursome Today! Less Than a Month Left Before Charity Golf Outing

Golf outingThe clock is ticking for player registration for Room at the Inn’s First Annual Charity Golf Outing!

The golf tournament, to be held Monday, Oct. 6, originated out of a partnership between Webster Groves Christian Church and Westborough Country Club to raise awareness and support for the homeless in the area.

“This partnership was born out of sharing resources,” said WGCC Rev. Dr. Jeff Moore. “Our church was able to share resources and parking with Westborough, and Westborough was willing to offer a partnership through a golf tournament. WGCC is excited to be able to fulfill this part of our mission to support Room at the Inn with Westborough.”

Event Details:

Proceeds to Benefit: Room at the Inn, a temporary, emergency shelter for homeless women and families in St. Louis County

What: Golf Scramble, lunch, silent auction and dinner reception.

When: Monday, October 6, 2014

Registration: ……………….. 10 a.m.

Sponsored Lunch: ………. 11 a.m.

Shotgun Start: …………….. 12 p.m.

Reception: ……… To follow golf

Where: Westborough Country Club, 631 South Berry Road, St. Louis, MO 63122

Tickets: $150 per player. To purchase tickets, contact Colleen Price at 314-209-9181 or or click on this link.

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Room Receives Boeing Grant

Boeing-Employees-Community-Fund-1024x423(BRIDGETON, Mo.) Room at the Inn is pleased to announce it has recently received a $3,000 grant from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis.

The grant will be used to strengthen Room’s Client Self-Sufficiency Program. The program is designed to benefit Room at the Inn’s homeless clients by helping them analyze their current situation in terms of being self-sufficient; helping them create goals to move forward in a positive direction; and making the appropriate referrals and arrangements so they can achieve those goals.

“This wonderful grant speaks volumes of Boeing’s commitment to the community,” said Room’s Program Director Valorie Ferlis. “We are incredibly grateful to the Employees Community Fund for believing in our mission to give the homeless in our community a future and a purpose.”

Room at the Inn provides emergency shelter and comprehensive case management for homeless women and families of the St. Louis area, with the goal of helping them become self-sufficient as quickly as possible.

The Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis is a unique, employee-owned and directed giving program that allows employees to support the needs of their local communities via tax-deductible recurring payroll deductions or one-time gifts.

In addition to this grant, each year, Boeing employees adopt some of Room’s families during the holiday season. After the homeless families submit a holiday wish list, Boeing employees purchase and wrap the presents for the clients.

“The Boeing Company and their employees are an outstanding example of corporate philanthropic support in our community,” Ferlis added.

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