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Room at the Inn Provides Shelter During Winter Months

Nov 30, 2016
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For the last eight years, Room at the Inn, a volunteer-operated organization, coordinates shelter for the homeless in different Columbia congregations. From Dec. 4, 2016 until Feb. 28, 2017, congregations like First Baptist Church in downtown Columbia will rotate in shifts. Those in need of emergency shelter against the cold can stay from 7 pm until 7 am. 

Pastor Carol McEntyre from First Baptist said that the church is always full during the shift. She’s proud that the contemporary worship service still happens every Sunday in the same shelter space.

Paul Pepper: Yvonne Chamberlain, Room at the Inn

Jan 26, 2015

Today Paul Pepper visits with YVONNE CHAMBERLAIN, Coordinator of Columbia's Room at the Inn. Now in its 6th year, Room at the Inn provides shelter for the homeless during the cold winter months. If you'd like to help out with money, time or donations, please watch for details! January 26, 2015

The Room at the Inn emergency winter shelter opened its doors for the first time this season on Thursday.   

This story was originally published on Columbia Faith & Values (

Room at the Inn, the emergency winter homeless shelter run as a collaboration among churches, will stay open until March 6 – about one week later than originally planned.

The Interfaith Day Center in Columbia was packed full on Monday as people sought refuge from the cold temperatures. The high for the day was 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

The center, which is a daytime resource for those who are homeless, is expected to move to Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church soon. In the current location on Park Avenue, there’s only seating for about 20 people.

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Faith communities around Columbia are preparing for the annual start of Room at the Inn, a homeless shelter open in January and February.

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The level of overnight shelter available to the homeless in Columbia is expected to increase this winter season.

Room at the Inn Volunteer Coordinator Janet Schisser says a group of about 20 people have been planning since July to find a new location to house the homeless through the winter months.

Last week the Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church confirmed they will accept Missouri’s homeless to stay overnight starting in January.