Room in the Inn

Hawthorne Lane is preparing for the kick-off to one of our largest mission projects of the year, Room in the Inn. Through our partnership with the Urban Ministry we will host 14 of our homeless neighbors every Tuesday evening for 16 weeks to provide shelter and food during the cold winter months.

Hawthorne Lane United Methodist Church has been supporting the Room in the Inn program for over twenty years. Each Tuesday night between December 1st and March 31st, we pick up our neighbors and provide them with a warm and safe place to sleep, serve them three meals (dinner, breakfast and a bag lunch) and return them to uptown Charlotte the next morning. We would not be able to do any of this without the help of dedicated volunteers. Each week approximately 15 people are needed to help make Tuesday nights at Hawthorne a positive experience for our neighbors.

This program is a unique way for us to serve our community, share our faith and Love our Neighbors. We need your help to carry out this mission. How can you help?

1. Sign Up to serve in one of many roles: Meals, overnight guest, set-up, laundry.
*Check the box on the connection card and provide your contact information
*Use the Sign-up Genius –  RITI electronic sign ups.
*Sign up in the Book in the back of the Sanctuary
*Find one of our Mission Team Members and share your interest

2. If you want to learn more, or share about your experience, Join us before or after church on Sunday, November 17th in the Coffee Shop to discuss the mission, the roles and how you can participate. *9:45 – 10:15 am or *11:30 – 12:00 pm

3. Donate items needed to Support the mission.
*Order Via Amazon Wish List amazon wish list
*Purchase and Place in the office
*Still needed: Bottled Water, Vienna Sausages, and Fruit Cups


Volunteer Job Time Commitment Time Frame Number of Volunteers Needed
RITI Set up – set out mattresses and bed frames and make beds for 15 people and set out tables for dinner prior to our neighbors arriving 1 to 1 ½ hours Tuesday between Noon and 4:30 pm 2 volunteers must be able to lift 30 pounds
Evening Bus Driver – pick up our neighbors at Urban Ministry using the Church Bus 1 to 1 ½ hours Tuesday between
5:30 pm and 6:30 pm
1 person able to drive the church bus
Dinner Hosts – prepare at home, at church or pick up meals to serve our neighbors and volunteers.  Everyone eats together and assists with clean up. Meal Prep varies


1 ½ hours

Tuesday – Meal Prep – based on meal being served

Tuesday – Dinner from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

7 to 14 people – great activity for older children and small groups
After Dinner Hosts – Interact with our neighbors, provide entertainment, or other activities, etc. 2 hours Tuesday 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm 2 people
Breakfast Host – prepare or deliver breakfast items the night before so the overnight host can serve breakfast at 5:30 am 1 hour Tuesday drop off
between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm
1 to 2 people or small group
Brown Bag Lunch  N/A N/A Children’s project
Laundry – wash and dry neighbor’s laundry 3 to 4 hours Tuesday
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
1 to 2 people


Overnight Host – spends the night with our neighbors, prepares breakfast the next morning 11 to 12 hours Tuesday from 7:30 pm to Wednesday at 6:30 am 2 People one of which must be male
Morning Bus Driver – Bus driver will leave HLUMC at 5:50 am to deliver our neighbors to the Transit Center by 6:00 to 6:15 am and returns the bus to the church 1 hour Wednesday – 5:30 am to 6:30 am 1 person
RITI Shut Down – strip the beds, put all the laundry into baskets and put the mattresses and bed frames away 1 to 1 ½ hours Wednesday 6:30 am to Noon 1 to 2 people must be able to lift 30 lbs.


Wednesday Laundry – wash, dry, fold and put away the sheets, towels and blankets used each night. 4 hours Wednesday 6:30 am to noon 1 person using the church washer and dryer


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