Room at the Inn helps parishes help the homeless

Members of two archdiocesan parishes recently found a way to help others in need. One night each month, parishioners at All Saints Parish in St. Peters and Holy Spirit Parish in Maryland Heights provide food and shelter for homeless women and families through Room at the Inn, a 24-hour, temporary, emergency shelter in St. Louis County sponsored by the Sisters of Divine Providence. The two parishes join 58 interfaith congregations, including 13 Catholic parishes, in helping others through Room at the Inn. The program operates with a central location in Bridgeton, where clients are based during the day, and nearly 60 night sites  at congregations throughout St. Louis County and St. Charles County. Room at the Inn serves up to 20 people daily, about 200 people each year, half of whom are children. In addition to food and shelter, Room at the Inn helps clients identify the underlying causes of their homelessness, regain self-sufficiency and avoid future episodes of homelessness.

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