BEREA, Ky. (LEX 18)– As spring inches closer and closer, a first-year program in Madison County that helps the homeless come in from the cold is wrapping up their inaugural run.
As the need for a homeless shelter in Berea became apparent, Jeanie Hogg started planning. She and several others took action, adopting a program that got its start in Nashville called Room in the Inn.
“I felt like this is something you can do, this is something, you are called to get involved, we can not ignore it,” said Hogg.
In a matter of two and a half months, they were off and rolling. Room in the Inn is run completely by volunteers and donations. Each night from January 15 to March 15, a different location opened its doors, offering a place to stay, a warm meal, and a little humanity.
“It has changed my life, it really has,” said volunteer Kathy Dunn.
Dunn said that in their first run, they served more than 1,000 meals and supplied around 270 beds. Their hope is through support, they can come back even strong next winter.
Room in the Inn is now closed for the season, but if you would like to learn more, click here. For information on volunteering, call 929-515-RITI (7484) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.