Volunteer at Room at the Inn

“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?” ~ George Eliot

We are so grateful you are considering sharing your talents with the homeless of St. Louis County! We can use your help! Our volunteers always feel appreciated, and you can get real satisfaction from knowing you’ve helped someone who needs it. Many of our volunteers report that spending time with our clients opens their eyes to misconceptions about the homeless.

Night Sites

Our greatest volunteer need is additional night sites. Your congregation would host up to ten neighbors one night a month, providing transportation, food and shelter.

To find out more, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Gina Timme at 314-209-9198 or gtimme@roomstl.org.

Day Site Volunteers

We welcome volunteers of all ages, with all kinds of talents. We are happy to work with high school students who need to fulfill a community service requirement.

You would be a special blessing if you can spend the night as an overnight host with our guests. There are a few evenings each month for which we do not have a congregational host site. On those nights, the clients stay at the shelter in Bridgeton. Please consider staying with them as host. (See volunteer opportunities available below, or click here for more details.)

To find out more and to match your skills and time availability to the shelter’s needs, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Gina Timme at 314-209-9181 or gtimme@roomstl.org.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Online Job application Assistance

Many of the clients are not comfortable applying for jobs online and do not apply for positions unless someone is there to help them. They may not understand technology or terminology and therefore do not know how to answer application questions. As a volunteer you would assist clients with this process. Online job application volunteers are needed Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 a.m.

Resume Writer

We are seeking an individual with resume writing experience that is interested in helping develop and write professional resumes for our clients. We will provide a completed resume worksheet for each client that includes all of the information you will need to develop a resume. You can create the resumes and corresponding cover letters at your convenience and drop them off to us on a weekly basis, either through email or in person. Having a professional resume is an important step in building self-confidence and helping clients gain employment.

Computer Skills Assistance

One-on-one client assistance with general computer operation incorporating Word and Excel basics as well as helpful tips and tricks and performing internet searches. Computer skills training volunteers are needed Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Preparing for Success

Volunteers are needed to assist clients by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. Volunteers are needed daily Monday- Friday from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Budgeting and Finance Assistance

Volunteers will assist our clients with creating a budget with an emphasis on savings in order to help them manage their present and future finances to promote sustainability. Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Tutoring/Homework Assistance

Volunteers will assist with tutoring for school-aged children and study help for adults seeking a General Education Diploma (GED) and children primarily in the subjects of math, English, and literacy. Tutoring volunteers are needed Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Independent Living Skill

Volunteers are needed to assist clients with household management, personal finance, and interpersonal skills. Volunteers are needed daily, Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Emotional Health

Volunteers are needed to assist clients with support by providing a “listening ear” for those who may be facing challenges and obstacles during their transition.

Administrative Assistance

Volunteers would assist staff with data entry, mailings, organizing files, answering telephones, shredding, and filing.

Childcare Assistance

Childcare is needed while parents attend class or have on-site meetings. Volunteers can plan structured activities, read books, or monitor indoor/outdoor play. Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday from 9:30-3:30 p.m.


Volunteers are needed to take clients and/ or their children to doctor’s appointments, job interviews, or on field trips using our shelter’s van.

Sorting Donations

Room at the Inn accepts donations daily (clothing, household goods, furniture, cleaning supplies, food and more). Volunteers will assist the Site Coordinator with receiving, loading, unloading, stocking, and organizing donations. Volunteers are needed Monday and Tuesday from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon and some weekends.


Volunteers are needed to spend the night with our clients. Volunteers are needed from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 a.m.


Volunteers are needed to sanitize toys, clean and organize the children’s activity room, and perform light housekeeping at the day site.