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Room-in-the-Inn begins its 30th winter season in the mid-state

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- The Room-in-the-Inn program providing shelter to the mid-state’s homeless is beginning operations for its 30th winter season this week.

The group partners with local churches, synagogues and mosques to provide shelter and meals for the homeless in their places of worship during the winter months.

The organization says it provided about 32,000 nights of shelter last year utilizing 5500 volunteers at about 200 churches.

Jeff Moles with Room-in-the-Inn says that in spite of the roller-coaster ride the economy has been on in recent years, the number of homeless it’s served has remained fairly steady. He does say, however, that the makeup of the homeless population has changed.

“We have seen an increase in families who are struggling with homelessness. We’ve only been operating our shelter for two days now and we already have three families who have come to us for help and for shelter.”

Moles says the group is always looking for additional volunteer churches and individuals.  If you’d like to learn more, visit roomintheinn.org.