Room In The Inn (RITI)
RITI is a non-profit organization whose mission is to "provide programs that emphasize human development and recovery through education, self-help and work, centered in community and long term support for those who call the streets of Nashville home." Congregations of all sizes and beliefs are called upon in the winter months to help provide food and shelter for these men & women. RITI is located at 705 Drexel St, Nashville, TN 37203; (615) 251-9791.
At St Augustine's, we host twelve men at the A-Frame chapel every Sunday night from around Thanksgiving to mid-January. We prepare food, provide a warm place to sleep, and keep them company. All of this is done in the spirit of respect, dignity, and compassion.
Who can volunteer and how long does it take?
Anyone! From small jobs like setting out towels to team efforts like making twelve sack lunches to bigger projects like making a full dinner, we have something for everyone. Seriously, we want families and friends to come together to serve. Want to have a philosophical discussion with your teenager? Let them share a meal with someone struggling with homelessness. Want to show your 7-year old how to make a bed? No problem, we have that too!
By volunteering, you are only responsible for your assigned job on that particular day. Each week, we will have a new set of volunteers. The time it takes to volunteer depends on your particular duty and the number of people helping you. Also, some volunteers choose to cook at home as opposed to doing it at the Chapel (i.e.; they bring prepared meals to the A-Frame and re-heat them there). It does not take long to do such things as make the beds or lay out toiletries. Ultimately, the amount of time you spend on your job is up to you, and everyone is welcome to stay through dinner.
Click a link below to volunteer during the 2017-18 RITI season.
RITI SignUp for Nov 26 (Youth Group. Need Drivers, Breakfast Prep, and Overnight Host)
RITI SignUp for Dec 31 (Recovery Eucharist Community)
To get more involved with Room In The Inn at St. Augustines, email Tom Angland at RITI@staugustineschapel.org.