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Volunteers Needed for Homeless Count


Volunteers Needed for Homeless Count

Room at the Inn’s E-Newsletter

Volunteers Needed for Homeless Count

Monday, July 20, 2015

Two times each year, the St. Louis County Department of Human Services, along with other social service agencies, take a day to count people in our community who are homeless.

Volunteers count individuals who are in shelters and using various shelter providers. The county also relies on a team of volunteers who stop by places throughout the area where homeless people tend to congregate (Metrolink stations, libraries, etc.).

In 2014, the count listed a total of 134 homeless or unsheltered people.

“This point-in-time count is essential for understanding the need in our community, but it’s also an important opportunity to link people with resources that can help them,” said Chris Hotard, Night Site Coordinator for Room at the Inn.

In the past, St Louis County had regularly brought together more than 100 volunteers to participate in the point-in-time count, but over time this number has been declining and recently has been around 25 people.

“Our goal is for us to pull together 75 volunteers to be able to make up this difference, but we really need a lot of help for us to hit that number,” Hotard said, urging volunteers to step up for this task.

The count will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 29 and from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday, July 30. Volunteers can participate in either or both counts for the entire time or part of the shift.

Volunteers will be paired into groups of three to four people and will be driven by either county employees or police officers. Training will be provided on the day of the event. All volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

“This project is a really important part of helping our service system to meet the needs of our community,” Hotard said.

To volunteer, please contact Chris Hotard as soon as possible at 314-209-9198 or via email at chotard@roomstl.org

Census for 07/20/15
Children: 8
Adults: 10
Total: 18

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Charity Golf Outing is back! Get your spot TODAY


Charity Golf Outing is back! Get your spot TODAY

Room at the Inn’s E-Newsletter

Charity Golf Outing is back!

Get your spot TODAY

Monday, July 13, 2015

Today, we invite you to stand up for the homeless women, children and families of the St. Louis area and, in so doing, receive recognition for your participation in our Second Annual Charity Golf Outing for Room at the Inn. The event is a collaboration between Webster Groves Christian Church and Westborough Country Club to raise awareness and support for the homeless in the area.

(Click here to see pictures from last year’s event)

As a sponsor, player, or donor, you will make a great difference in the lives of the clients served by Room at the Inn, an emergency shelter for homeless women and families, in St. Louis County.

Room at the Inn provides our clients with safe, clean shelter, food, transportation, and supportive services while they undertake the difficult task of regaining self-sufficiency. We serve about 200 people each year, about half of whom are children learning to be productive adults, and the other half who are single mothers or single women working to overcome large obstacles.

These are people from our own community who are working to regain control of their futures.

The Second Annual Charity Golf Outing for Room at the Inn will be held at the Westborough Country Club in Glendale, Missouri, on Monday, October 5, 2015, with registration starting at 10 a.m., and a shotgun start of 12 p.m. (noon). The event includes lunch, a golf scramble, a raffle, dinner and other fun activities.

Click here to see our our sponsor, donor and player form for our Charity Golf Outing.

You can also skip the stamp and register or place our sponsorship online. Click here to register through our secure website.

We hope you will not only find your contributions of value, but also view them as conduits to get yourself, your company, and/or your organization recognized for helping the area’s homeless population.

Census for 07/13/15
Children: 7
Adults: 10
Total: 17

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Boeing awards grant for client programs


Boeing awards grant for client programs

Room at the Inn’s E-Newsletter

Boeing awards grant for client programs

Monday, July 6, 2015

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

The grant will be used for Room at the Inn’s Client Self-Sufficiency program – an essential part of our mission in getting homeless families back into housing.

All clients who become residents of Room complete a Self-Sufficiency Matrix, which helps them rate themselves and the family unit in different areas or aspects of their life.

All of these factors contribute to the family’s ability to obtain and/or maintain housing.

Throughout their stay at Room, clients use the matrix to identify three to four areas where they would like to progress in their journey to self-sufficiency. First, clients rate their current condition on a scale of 1-5. Then, with the help of our Client Coordinator, clients draft a goal planning sheet with steps toward improvement.

This system helps clients recognize their strengths and weaknesses, providing positive feedback along the way in the areas where they are gaining strength.

Room at the Inn could not exist without the support of foundations and businesses that choose to make an investment in our endeavors. We want to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis for making it possible to help families in our community as they journey from homelessness to stability.

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.

Census for 07/06/15
Children: 9
Adults: 11
Total: 20

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Computers for children needed


Computers for children needed

Room at the Inn’s E-Newsletter

Computers for children needed

Monday, June 29, 2015

If 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 to 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.

Census for 06/29/15
Children: 9
Adults: 10
Total: 19

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Grant empowers Employment Readiness program

CaptureRoom at the Inn is pleased to announce it has been chosen to receive a grant from St. Louis-Based Jewish Fund for Human Needs.

The award will benefit the shelter’s Employment Readiness Program, which seeks to empower our homeless clients with the tools, skills, confidence and knowledge needed to regain employment – a key step in their path out of homelessness.

“We are extremely grateful to the Jewish Fund for Human Needs for believing in our clients and their future,” said Room at the Inn Program Director Val Ferlis. “Through our Employment Readiness Program, our clients regain not only a path out of homeless and a sustainable income, but also a sense of confidence and self-worth.”

Room at the Inn provides emergency shelter and a stabilizing support system to women and families in need in St. Louis County, using a collaborative, interfaith effort of congregations and organizations throughout the St. Louis Region. Our program is bolstered by approximately 60 congregations of different faith traditions.

“The Jewish Fund for Human Needs (JFHN) works to fulfill the mitzvah of tzedakah (the obligation to do righteous acts) by awarding small grants to non-Jewish social services agencies helping those in need throughout the St. Louis region,” according to its website.

Room at the Inn was one of nine organizations selected by JFHN for the Spring 2015 cycle.

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