What is Room in the Inn?
Every Wednesday and Friday night, we provide shelter, meals, and fellowship to six homeless men in the Sports Science Center. Each night presents an opportunity for college students to come alongside homeless men and share in a meal and an evening of fellowship.
How do I sign up?
Our volunteer spots are fully staffed for the rest of the spring semester! Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate any additional volunteers, because we do not want to outnumber our guests. Opportunities for next year's RITI season will be posted in the fall semester.
What do volunteers do?
We have 4 volunteer positions at this time:
Chefs may be guys or girls. You will facilitate the evening by making dinner and eating with our guests afterwards. Detailed instructions will be provided for the meal, so no prior knowledge is needed. You do not need to bring anything with you. A brief training session will be provided for Chefs before our guests arrive. You need to be at the Belmont Sports Science Center by 5:00pm and may stay as late as 9pm. You may earn up to 4 hours of Community Service convocation credit each night. Each evening requires 2 Chefs.
Setup Crew volunteers may be guys or girls. You will prep the facility for our guests before they arrive, then join them for an evening of dinner and fellowship afterwards. Diagrams and detailed instructions are available for each room. You do not need to bring anything with you. A brief training session will be provided for the Setup Crew before our guests arrive. You need to be at the Belmont Sports Science Center by 5:00pm and you may stay as late as 9pm. You may earn up to 4 hours of Community Service convocation credit each night. Each evening requires 2 Setup Crew volunteers.
Drivers must be guys. You will pick up our guests at the RITI campus downtown at 6:00pm and bring them to the Belmont Sports Science Center. The next morning, you will then pick up our guests no later than 5:45am to return them to the RITI campus. Drivers must be able to provide their own vehicle. You are not expected to spend the evening at the Belmont Sports Science Center. Multiple trips may be necessary to transport all 6 guests and their belongings. You may earn up to 2 hours of Community Service convocation credit each time. Each evening requires 1 Driver.
Innkeepers must be guys. You will supervise the evening and the other volunteers. Innkeepers stay the night at the Sports Science Center with our homeless guests and get them off to their next destination early the next morning. The morning will conclude in plenty of time for Innkeepers to attend Thursday morning classes. Innkeepers must possess a high level of maturity and responsibility. In order to ensure the safety and well being of all in attendance, and the overall success of RITI at Belmont, Innkeepers must attend an Innkeepers Training Session before hosting an overnight; we will set up sessions for you on an as-needed basis. Innkeepers must be available from 4:30pm to 6:30am the next morning. Bring your own sleeping bag and a pillow. You may earn up to 8 hours of Community Service convocation credit each time. Each overnight requires 2 Innkeepers.
Looking for another way to get involved?
Contact us at email@example.com to discuss ways you can help us expand this program. Fundraisers, news articles, etc. are just a few of the ways you might be able to help. RITI at Belmont has a lot of potential and we are excited about partnering with you.
Think you’ve got what it takes it run a homeless shelter? Applications will appear soon for next year’s RITI@BU leadership team. Next year’s leadership team will work to expand this program to 3-4 nights per week. It will be an extremely rewarding leadership experience.
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