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 1-2 times each week 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 the 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.

Sheltered Men, Women & Children
Meals Served to our RITI Guests

Contact Us & Learn More

Franklin First UMC Contact: Barbara Layden

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

Ways to Serve

Overnight Innkeeper

    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.

      Clothing Needs

      If you would like to donate clothing items, please deliver all donations to Graceworks Ministries. Franklin First does not accept clothing donations directly but partners with Graceworks to secure items we need.

      Graceworks Ministries is located at:  104 Southeast Parkway, Suite 100, Franklin, TN 37064