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Computers for children needed

Clients at computersIf you have stopped by Room at the Inn, you know we have a computer room with internet access for our residents’ use. The computers are primarily used for employment-related activities and to help residents search for housing.

We would like to have a couple of computers available for our younger clients so they can work on their homework and access educationally-based websites. The computers do not need be new and can be a desktop or laptop; however, we would like them to have the capability to connect to the internet.

Perhaps your company is upgrading your equipment or you may be purchasing a new computer and would like to donate an older household PC that our children can use.

Depending on the response to this request, we may even be able to give a few of these gently used computers to families that are moving into housing. If you or your company might be able to help Room at the Inn with a computer donation, please contact Chris Hotard at: chotard@roomstl.org or by telephone at: 314-209-9198.

‘Everyone deserves a chance’ | Volunteer completes 100th resume with clients

Robyn Weilbacher (middle) helps clients with their resume at Room at the Inn. Recently, Weilbacher completed her 100th resume session.

Robyn Weilbacher (middle) helps clients with their resume at Room at the Inn. Recently, Weilbacher completed her 100th resume session.

Robyn Weilbacher has served as a Room at the Inn volunteer for several years through her congregation, Shaare Emeth.

But it wasn’t until the spring of last year, while volunteering for Room, that Weilbacher realized one of her true life-callings.

“I met some of the female clients at my temple and I just asked them, ‘What can I do for you?’ said Weilbacher, who is a speech language therapist. “They said, ‘We need help finding jobs.'”

Weilbacher took to her computer, did hours of research, and realized she could teach clients valuable tools on how to write resumes and find jobs.

“I don’t have any professional, resume-building experience,” Weilbacher explained. “I just had done it for somebody before and thought, ‘I could help out.'”

Earlier this month, Weilbacher completed her 100th resume with Room at the Inn clients.

“How do I keep going? I believe in them,” Weilbacher said. “I feel like I’ve found my calling this past year. I feel like everyone deserves to have a good job. Not just a job but a good job. They deserve to have a good life.”

Weilbacher said many of Room at the Inn clients have the experience and skills necessary to find decent jobs, but have not realized it themselves.

Weilbacher recalls how, last summer, one client shouted in disbelief after completing her resume.

“All she said was, ‘Is that me? That’s me!” Weilbacher remembers. “I think so many people have had such bad luck. They feel frustrated and they feel down about themselves. Everyone deserves a chance to have a good life and a good job. They do have experience, and they are good people. But their lives are so torn apart by the time they are in a homeless shelter that they just give up and don’t value themselves. I try to inspire them and make them realize they are worth it.”

But it was not only Weilbacher who made an impact on Room at the Inn clients. Weilbacher said Room at the Inn has also changed her.

“Room completes me,” she said. “Never in my entire life have I experienced anything like this. I’ve volunteered before, but this summer, while I was taking a break, I felt something had been missing from my life. As soon as I returned and started talking to the clients again, I was almost in tears. I was so happy. I felt like I was home.”

The staff of Room at the Inn wish to extend a sincere congratulations and thanks to Robyn Weilbacher for everything she has done for our clients. You have truly given our clients – as our motto says – a future and a purpose.

May God bless you.

Interested in volunteering?

Room at the Inn is currently seeking tutors and child-care volunteers. To find out more and to match your skills and time availability to the shelter’s needs, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Matthew at 314-209-9191, or via email at mmatthew@roomstl.org.

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 cprice@lpp-room.org or click on this link.

For sponsorship opportunities, visit www.roomstl.org/events/2014-golf-tournament 

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.”

Check out more photos of the event by clicking here.

 

Thank you to our 2014 sponsors!

 

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