Room in the Inn celebrates 10 years in Fort Worth
July 2017
Room in the Inn
Opening hearts & houses of worship for 10 years
It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since volunteers at two local churches stepped out on faith and opened their hearts and houses of worship to people experiencing homelessness through a ministry known as Room in the Inn.
Today an estimated 200 volunteers at more than a dozen Tarrant County congregations support the Room in the Inn movement founded in Nashville and brought to North Texas by volunteers like Mary Sumner and Corbie and Ray Brown.
Because there's Room in the Inn, people experiencing homelessness can spend a restful night off the streets or away from crowded shelters in the hottest and coldest months of the year, or July, August and December through February.

Host churches offer overnight accommodations, an evening meal and fellowship before guests turn in for the night, and t he DRC provides guest screening, on-call case management and other support for Room in the Inn.

Learn more about how people are bringing their faith to life through Room in the Inn. Visit
Top kid: Drew Thomas
Room in the Inn volunteer wins philanthropy award


Room in the Inn volunteer Drew Thomas is 2017 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, an honor bestowed on one great kid each year in the National Philanthropy Day Awards presented by the Fort Worth Metro Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
The DRC nominated Drew for summer bottled water drives the young member of Calvary Lutheran Church has conducted to help  people experiencing homelessness.
It started in 2015. Drew heard bottled water was running low at the DRCso he  appealed to friends and family, asking they give bottled water in lieu of gifts for his 8th birthday. Donations poured in.
Last year he raised the ante, challenging his network to donate 500 cases of bottled water. They obliged, and Drew celebrated his 9th birthday by delivering a big down payment on that goal. Word  of Drew's water drive spread through social media, and others followed his lead, making the 2016 summer bottled water drive the most successful in four years. 

Join us in applauding Drew Thomas, Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, and look for updates as the November 16 award ceremony draws closer.