Room in the Inn


Now building the 7th Winter Season Calendar

for Room in the Inn

We are currently putting together the calendar for the 7th Winter Season of Room in the Inn, a program of Area Relief Ministries. By hosting men who are homeless in our community in a different church each night of the Winter Season from November 1 through April 30, Room in the Inn serves not only those needing emergency shelter from the elements, but also those churches learning what it means to be the church in the world.

If you have participated before, be sure to contact Gary Ross by email or at 731.423.9257 now with your preferred dates for the Winter Calendar. If you have never participated or aren’t sure if your church participates, take a look at the information before, and then contact us at to learn more about joining us in participating with God’s generosity and hospitality.

What is Room in the Inn?

Room in the Inn is an emergency shelter program that originated in Nashville, TN  in the 1980’s and was brought to Jackson by Area Relief Ministries in 2007.  ARM partners with local churches to feed and shelter homeless men in Jackson during the bitter cold winter months.

In 2007 the program began with ARM and four area churches.  We now work with nearly fifty churches across the city to serve the homeless of our community.

Room in the Inn is modeled after a program by the same name in Nashville, Tennessee. Churches from across the city open up their doors each night from November 1 – April 30, offering hospitality, fellowship, a warm meal, and a soft bed for the homeless men in our community. The men are picked up and returned to Area Relief Ministries Church Street office.

The Board of Directors committed in 2011 to year-round shelter in 2012. As we continue to pursue a permanent emergency and transitional shelter strategy, we have stayed true to our word as we are in our second summer season.

If you are interested in finding out how your church can participate in the Room in the Inn program, or if you would like to observe an evening of Room in the Inn at another church, contact Gary Ross at, or you can check out these frequently asked questions regarding Room in the Inn.

Celebrating God’s good work through Room in the Inn

Below is a video from the “How Do I Say Thank You” Breakfast April 25, 2013

Celebrating 5 years of Room in the Inn: There’s Still Room.
Below is a video from the “How Do I Say Thank You” Breakfast held April 26, 2o12.


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