This Year…

Room In The Inn’s Winter Shelter program runs from November through March each year, in coordination with almost 200 congregations throughout Middle Tennessee. The program provides safe shelter, warm meals, and fellowship for our neighbors struggling with homelessness during the coldest months of the year.

Franklin First UMC welcomes twelve overnight guests every Thursday night from November through March. These men, women and children who are experiencing homelessness are picked up in Nashville and transported to our main campus. They receive a hot, nourishing meal, have opportunity to shower, are provided with a safe place to sleep, have access to articles of clothing they may need, and are given breakfast and a sack lunch before being transported back to Nashville.

This ministry does not happen without an army of volunteers. Click the link below to see how you can help.

Find out how you can serve here.
Sheltered Men, Women & Children
Meals Served to our RITI Guests

Contact Us & Learn More

Franklin First UMC Contact: Dan and Rachel Williamson at or 615-512-8083.

For more about Room in the Inn visit their web site at:

Ways to Serve

Find out how you can serve here.

Overnight Innkeeper

  • 1 for Christmas Eve (not online, contact us directly.)

  • Wednesday, January 16 (1)

  • Wednesday, January 23 (1)

  • Wednesday, February 6 (2)

  • Wednesday, February 13 (2)

  • Several nights in March. View all openings by clicking the “Serve” button below.

Serve here.

Welcome & Dinner Hosts

Meeting core team at 4:30 to begin set up of Room in the Inn areas.
Provide dinner for 12 guests plus the number of volunteers.
Greet Guests.
Serve and then eat dinner with guests.
Assist guests with shopping and other needs after dinner.
Provide entertainment, devotional or craft (optional).
Socialize with guests.
Assure kitchen is cleaned up and ready for breakfast in the morning.
Remain on site until overnight innkeepers arrive.
  • Monday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)

    Christmas Eve can be divided into parts if need be. Like set up team, dinner providers, etc.  Contact us if you are available.

  • Wednesday, January 2 (2)

  • Wednesday, March 20 (2)

Serve here.

Clothing Needs

  • Larger sized men’s and women’s winter and rain coats
  • Men’s and women’s jeans and black pants
  • Winter hats and gloves
  • Outdoor appropriate shoes
  • Family size pump bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash.
  • Small or Medium new undershirts

  • Any size 4x and up clothing