Room In The Inn began in the winter of 1985 in Nashville, TN, when Father Charles Strobel, opened the doors of his parish to individuals seeking sanctuary in the church parking lot.
In 2006, Area Relief Ministries brought the program to Jackson, TN, a city that does not have a permanent shelter for the homeless.
The program works as a partnership between ARM and local churches. ARM coordinates the program and provides sheets, blankets, towels, pillows and cots. Local congregations allow the men to sleep in their facility from 6 PM to 6 AM, providing dinner and light breakfast during the winter session, from November 1 to March 31. Through this program, shelter from winter elements has been provided for hundreds of men. Life changing relationships have also been formed through the fellowship between the men and volunteers at the churches.