Room In The Inn (RITI) is a winter shelter for homeless men provided by 21 Lexington congregations of all faiths who welcome groups of 10 to 14 guests through their doors every evening of the winter season. An Intake Committee comprised of volunteer medical and social service professionals appointed by the RITI Board of Directors prescreens all guests. All persons applying to RITI undergo extensive health and psychological profiles to determine if RITI Volunteers are adequately prepared to meet a guest’s needs. Once the Intake Committee unanimously approves a potential guest, individuals are invited to participate in the ministry that provides a hot supper, bathing facilities, a warm evening of checkers, chess or reading, a clean bed in a secure location, a hot breakfast with lots of hot coffee, and a sack lunch. Guests arrive at 7 p.m. and may leave at 6 a.m.
“Thank you for all that you’re doing,” one guest exclaimed to us. Our guests sincerely appreciate Maxwell Street’s mission and the work our volunteers provide every first and third Tuesday. They recognize that we care. Another guest told us, “Anything you do is a blessing.”
Our sincere THANK YOU goes to so many of you who have volunteered for RITI in the past for you have made the beds, grocery shopped, driven the van, prepared the meals, hosted your guests and slept over at the Blevins House. RITI coordinators Mary & Ed Iwamoto provided their time and skills assuring the success of this much-needed mission. They would like to acknowledge the time and effort given generously by the volunteers this 2018-19 season. Thank you Bill Cooper, Cindy Cantrell, Marilyn Daniel, Jackie DeCroo & Bob Rabel, Karen Dimon, Linda Ensminger, Allen Gayheart, Susan Gill, Shelli Gregory, Preston Goulson, Carol Jordan, Becky Kemper, Angela and Lon Keith, Jody Lambert, Rachel & Wes Mathews, Susan and Paul Menard, Luke Morgan, Linda and Jim Niemi, Billy Porter, Linda and Bob Porter, Kay Roberts, Bill Smith, and Andrea and Jason Williams. When we complimented another guest on his wearing a simulated carnation in his lapel, he replied as he walked down the stairs of the Blevins House, “When you’re down and out, it doesn’t mean you can’t look good!” Again, many thanks to each of you– -this mission would not exist without you!
If you are interested in volunteering for RITI at MSPC next season on the first and third Tuesdays of November through March, then please contact coordinators Mary and Ed Iwamoto at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.