In 1988, a study by the Chattanooga Metropolitan Council on homelessness found there were few options available to single women and women with children who found themselves homeless. Various organizations were invited to join in addressing this critical issue. The result was astonishing: Chattanooga Room in the Inn officially began on August 31, 1988, offering overnight shelter at seven area churches (Brainerd Church of Christ, Central Presbyterian Church, First Centenary United Methodist Church, First Christian Church, Hixson Church of Christ, Hixson United Methodist Church, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church). In 1992, Room in the Inn moved into its own facility and developed into a fully operational shelter open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Since its inception, Room in the Inn has been privileged to assist over 3000 homeless women and children regain their independence with dignity and security.
Chattanooga Room in the Inn (CRITI) is a three to nine month residential program for homeless women and children. Services provided at CRITI are free of charge and include transitional housing, three meals a day, access to affordable or free health care, life skills training, parenting classes, mentoring, assistance with finding affordable housing, and case management services. This program allows the women and their children to find stability and thereby increase their opportunities and chances for independence when they leave the program.
As a non-profit, 501(C)(3), organization, we rely on the generosity of individuals, organizations, clubs, churches, foundations, and corporations to help us meet our financial needs. In addition to the day-to-day operating costs, funding is also required for special projects and programs. Each project or program is designed to encourage, motivate, and support residents as they build their lives and become stable.
We are proud of our association with United Way and adhere to their restrictions and guidelines in raising funds for Room in the Inn.
For more information on how you can help, call us at 423.624.6144 or email: