Room in the Inn - Our Lady of the Lake
This sign up is for Support Inn Keepers. Each week will need two Support Inn Keepers. Inn Keepers must me male since our guests are male. Inn Keepers must be 18 years of age or accompanied by a male parent/guardian. The Support Inn Keepers will stay overnight at the church to help oversee a safe and organized environment for our guests. There will be a Lead Inn Keeper each weekend as well to guide the Support Inn Keepers. Lead Inn Keepers are seasoned RITI volunteers and have already been established for the 2018-19 season.
An Inn Keeper's night at Room in the Inn will look like this:
Arrive around 5:30pm if they wish to eat with the guests and other volunteers. If they do not, they need to arrive not later than 7pm. Inn Keepers sometimes help with kitchen and social hall cleanup & socialize with the guests. They will help guests get necessary supplies of clothes or toiletries as needed and oversee them settling in for the night in their sleeping quarters (inside the classrooms near the social hall). Inn Keepers do stay overnight & sleep in the social hall, separate from the guests, on roll-a-way cots provided by the church. If Inn Keepers wish, they can bring their own linens, a sleeping bag, etc to make their evening more comfortable. Inn Keepers rise around 4am, start the coffee, & wake the guests. Guests will strip their bed linens & place in a trash bag provided by Inn Keepers. Guests will then head to the restroom & kitchen for breakfasts. Inn Keepers are welcome to eat & socialize with the guests. Inn Keepers are responsible for putting the cots away & making sure the trash bags of linens are sat outside the downstairs entrance for the laundry volunteer(s) to pick up later. Inn Keepers put all the tables and chairs in the social hall away, sweep if needed, & verify the kitchen is cleaned up (the breakfast volunteer will do most of the kitchen work but the Inn Keepers verify all is restored before leaving). Guests are on the bus around 5am to be downtown by 5:30am. After the social hall is restored to normal & RITI supplies & cots are put away, Inn Keepers are usually done by 6/630am.
The Inn Keeper truly answers the call of Jesus to love one another and is a very rewarding position.
Thank you on behalf of the many homeless men that we help throughout the year. This is truly a great blessing to them.
Please send additional questions to Jason Knight, OLOL-RITI Coordinator @ [email protected] or 615-710-5204.