Room at the Inn makes changes to reduce strain on local churches

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Room at the Inn is changing part of its operation in order to reduce stress on local churches.

Room at the Inn has added overnight staff to reduce the number of volunteers needed at local church shelter sites.

Evening meals are also being brought back to the Warming Center on Washington Street in order to reduce the number of hours guests need to spend at shelter sites.

Now, instead of more than 40 volunteers needed per week, only around 20 are needed.

"Now that we've reduced the number of volunteers required at the shelter, we've taken more of our operation and put it back in the Warming Center. We still need lots of volunteers to help prepare and serve meals, as well as to come in and socialize with our guests, which is a really important service that we offer,” said Room at the Inn Executive Director, Nick Emmendorfer.

Emmendorfer added that these changes not only reduce stress on church personnel, but it adds Room at the Inn accountability.

For more on volunteering with Room at the Inn, go to their website by clicking here.

The shelter also holds a volunteer social on the first Sunday of every month at the Warming Center at 3 p.m. All current and future volunteers are encouraged to attend.

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