Room in the Inn

Volunteer Training:  November 11, 2017 at Saint Andrew Upstairs Parish Hall

from 9:30am – 11:30am

 

Additional Information

Contact:  Marilyn Wooldridge at RITI@standrewcc.org or 817-924-5226.

 

 

Homelessness and Room In The Inn

"For I was a stranger and you welcomed me."  (Matthew 25:35)

            On October 6, 2013 the Reverence for Life article in this bulletin had as its subject homelessness. Four years later has anything changed?

The complex causes of homelessness (poverty, lack of affordable housing, mental illness, addiction, etc.), the overall number of homeless individuals, Catholic social teaching, and the suggested ways to help the homeless outlined in the article all remain virtually unchanged. But, what has changed, thanks to Pope Francis, is the renewed call by the church to help the poor and homeless. "How can it be that it is not news when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points," the Pope asks in Evangeli Gaudium (par. 53).

Through not only his words, but his actions, Pope Francis has demonstrated how to care for the homeless. Since 2013, he has given out 400 sleeping bags, opened a new shelter near St. Peter's square, provided showers and a barber shop, treated the homeless to a day at the beach and pizza on the way back, and in April of this year, opened a free laundromat.

While it is true such actions do not solve the problems of the homeless, they do, as the Pope points out, "restore dignity to people who are our brothers and sisters." And so, to answer the renewed call by the church, Saint Andrew and Holy Family are working together to begin a new ministry to the homeless by becoming part of Room in the Inn.

 

"Room in the Inn is not about giving; it is about receiving… It is about changing people, guests and hosts alike.... It is about receiving a blessing—an encounter with God in the midst of suffering…."  (Fr. Charles Strobel, Room in the Inn, 12).

 

What is Room in the Inn (RITI)?

 

Why is Room in the Inn Important?

 

Across the country there is a "shelter gap," more people seeking shelter than there are beds available.  Last year, Fort Worth and Tarrant County experienced a "shelter gap" of more than 250 on any given day according to the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition. In addition to fulfilling a need, Room in the Inn offers the homeless an opportunity to be cared for as individuals, as members of our community. As people of God, it gives us the opportunity to put our faith into practice.      

 

"One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody."   -Mother Teresa

 

 

How Does Room in the Inn Fort Worth (and Saint Andrew/Holy Family) Work?

 

What Will Room in the Inn at Saint Andrew/Holy Family Look Like?

Who?

5 guests

When?

Friday evening/Saturday morning

January 19/20, February 2/3, 16/17, and 23/24

Where?

Saint Andrew, Downstairs Parish Hall

How?

Transportation will be provided by Catholic Charities

Saint Andrew and Holy Family volunteers will serve as hosts and Innkeepers

 

How Can You Get Involved?

For guest, volunteers, and all who help with Room in the Inn

For the success of Room in the Inn ministry

For all who suffer from homelessness

Set up before guests arrive 

Prepare and/or serve meals                 

Offer hospitality to guests

Spend the night with guests (Innkeeper)

Clean up after guests leave

Launder bedding

Needed items will be listed in the bulletin in the next few weeks

 

Resources

Catechism of the Catholic Church – Part 3, Section 2, Chapter 2. "Love Your Neighbor as Yourself"

roomintheinn.org  

 

Contact:  Marilyn Wooldridge at RITI@standrewcc.org or 817-924-5226.

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