Homeless in northwest Alabama need assistance as winter approaches

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FLORENCE, Ala. – An immediate need for help has been announced in the Shoals. As temperatures begin to drop, there’s a population who may be left out in the cold.

Room in the Inn began four years ago. Their goal is to provide shelter for the growing homeless population in northwest Alabama. But there are times they must turn people in need away.

112916-krista-manchester“We don’t like to just send them back out in the cold,” stated Krista Manchester with Room in the Inn. “We like to be able to provide them a sleeping bag that will keep them protected from 32-degrees and below. So sleeping bags are our most pressing need right now.”

Room in the Inn has seen tremendous growth over the last four years. Co-founder Krista Manchester is proud of the number of churches who have come on-board to help.

“The number of beds we are able to offer is dependent on how many churches we have and that has grown from 7 our first year to 32 now,” Manchester explained. “But in order to keep from turning people away each night, we need to get to 50 or 60 for the number of churches.”

Manchester said there is also a need for transportation. She said if they could get a van, many of the homeless could get jobs or even picked up to get shelter for the night.

“Transportation is one of our biggest hurdles. So we are trying to raise money for a van. That would give us the ability to transport people and get them here.”

Room in the Inn is hoping the community will continue to help fill their needs in northwest Alabama.

Donations can be made directly to Room in the Inn through their website or intake center on Chisholm Road between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day.