Those who are homeless in the Bowling Green area have the promise of more warm places to sleep with the re-opening of Room in the Inn this month.
The program that coordinates area churches to offer overnight lodging to the homeless is in its second season in Bowling Green.
Room in the Inn is sponsored by the housing and Homeless Coalition of South Central Kentucky.
Rodney Goodman is a member of the coalition.
“Sometimes during those coldest months of the year, it’s just difficult for people to find shelter, and we just wanted to make sure there was enough shelter in the area that nobody had to go at risk of life to sleep at night," said Goodman. "And our congregations are a great resource for that, because they have these buildings and they have a compassionate heart.”
People who need a place to sleep sign up at a local church in the afternoon. Then they’re picked up and driven to the host church for the night.
“If you’re going to be a guest at Room in the Inn, you would come out to State Street United Methodist Church to a place where we have signups there at the church,"said Goodman. "And you’d come there between 3 and 4. Then you’d come back to be picked up around 5 o’clock and you’d be taken to one of our host congregations.”
Room in the Inn currently has 18 churches participating. Each night, two host churches can house up to 24 men, women and children.