Five ClearView members served a meal to approximately 30 homeless veterans Aug. 20 at their monthly gathering at Room in the Inn in downtown Nashville.
Steve Smith coordinated the project that also included Coleman Boyd, Carol and Jim Clark and Linda Still.
After a meal of meatloaf, hash brown casserole, green beans and dessert, the veterans went around the room offering expressions of gratitude for the meal, Room in the Inn, their families, and fellow veterans.
The monthly veterans events are one of many activities conducted through Room in the Inn in addition to the Winter Shelter program that, from its beginning has included ClearView as a partner church.
Steve Smith, a regular Room in the Inn volunteer, said, “The gratitude of the veterans for our simple dinner, convicts my heart of how I take for granted God’s amazing grace and his bountiful rich love for His children.”
In an article in the summer 2017 edition of the Room in the Inn newsletter, Executive Director Rachel Hester said, “Offering a place of respite where individual dignity is respected and community can be built is an important first step toward our ultimate goals of connecting people to long-term solutions related to health, education, employment, and housing.”
Activities include a Support Desk, showers at the downtown headquarters and through partner churches, a weekday laundry service, and the option of earning points for long-term storage for important possessions.
Other Room in the Inn ministries include a foot clinic where feet are washed, calluses scrubbed, and nails trimmed. Free meals are provided for as many as 300 people each week.
Hundreds of volunteers minister to varied needs at the downtown campus. In addition, more than 7,000 volunteers serve through partner congregations (including hundreds from ClearView) during the winter months. To learn about current needs or to sign up for volunteer orientation, visit roomintheinn.org/volunteer.
Written by: Linda Still