Room in the Inn recruits churches to house homeless during cold - - Jackson, MS

Room in the Inn recruits churches to house homeless during cold

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As dangerously cold temperatures settle into Middle Tennessee, it becomes even more important that homeless individuals get the shelter they need.

Severe cold weather can cause injuries and death due to frostbite and hypothermia, so the Room in the Inn program is expanding its capacity over these next few brutally cold nights.

The program recruits churches to feed and shelter the homeless during the winter months.

For more than 20 years, it's been a tradition for members at Pleasant Green Baptist Church to house the homeless on Friday nights.

"We just believe it's one of the mandates of being a church and a congregation: to love God and love people," said the Rev. Chris Jackson, with Pleasant Green Baptist Church. "You get more out of giving then you get otherwise."

Twenty men will sleep at the church overnight Friday. One of them is Derrie Miles, who admits his life took a wrong turn because of drugs.

"I messed up. Drugs will ruin your life and they will kill you," Miles said.

But what will keep him alive on this night is a warm bed and a meal served with love by a kitchen full of volunteers.

"It is so cold tonight. People need shelter and they need help," Miles said.

There are about 1,200 available beds for the homeless right now, between Room in the Inn and the Nashville Rescue Mission.

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