Winter Emergency Program Shuts Down for Season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The people in the Urban Ministries waiting room will have somewhere warm to sleep Sunday night thanks to local churches who partner with the organization to provide Room in the Inn, but come Monday, "We're all gonna be out on the street tomorrow," says "Rose." She is a victim of domestic violence. Rose says, "Rooms (in) the Inn means everything."
This year, Room in the Inn has helped a tremendous number of homeless people survive the cold winter months. "Double the amount of families," says Sunday night shift coordinator Beth Trotter. "We're seeing people come from other communities, other states. Charlotte seems to be the place to come," she says.
Room in the Inn allows families to stay together. Starting Monday, those families will have to seek out other Charlotte-area resources, which require men go to one shelter and women and children to another. Many are over capacity already. Trotter says, "This is just a band aid on the problem."
Trotter says Room in the Inn served 131 children this season. She will not speculate on how many people they'll serve next year. Rose is not optimistic. She says, "It's gonna be worse next year. My vote is to have Room (in) the Inn going 12 months out of the year."
In the meantime, she is preparing for Monday and to sleep outside. Rose says, "There's already 20 women I know that are camped out in the woods now and I'm gonna be out there, too. But I'm gonna be with my friends."
Rose says more homeless people are coming to Charlotte because we have more resources here than other cities. Room in the Inn opens it's doors for the next winter season on December 1st.