Room In the Inn

St. Gabriel Church partners with the Urban Ministry Center and other local churches to provide shelter and food for homeless people in our Parish Center Hall during the winter months, December 1 – March 31.  

Every Thursday night/Friday morning during these months, parish volunteers provide:

  • Shuttle transportation to/from the Urban Ministry Center 
  • A hot dinner and breakfast, plus a bag lunch when departing
  • Shower and laundry facilities
  • A warm, safe place to sleep on roll away beds in our Parish Center

Learn more about the people Room In the Inn serves here.

Volunteer Opportunities

Room In the Inn requires numerous volunteers.  Participating is a wonderful and compassionate way to show Christ's mercy and love to our brothers and sisters in need.   Questions?  Please contact Ministry Leader Franck Czaniecki at

Set Up Team

  • Eight people are needed each Thursday afternoon around 3:30 pm to set up the 20 cots, make beds, arrange tables, lay out items for our guests, and serve dinner in the Parish Center Hall (school cafeteria).

View dates and sign up here

Overnight Hosts 

  • Three people are needed overnight each Thursday. 
  • They arrive at 8:00 pm, sleep over, and serve breakfast at 5:00 am.
  • Guests leave at 5:30 am and volunteers are usually finished by 6:30 am.

View dates and sign up here

Afternoon Van Drivers

  • Two people are needed each Thursday afternoon.
  • They leave St. Gabriel at 4:30 pm and pick up two shuttle vans.
  • They take the vans to Urban Ministry, pick up our guests, and return to St. Gabriel around 6:00 pm, concluding their volunteer shift.

View dates and sign up here


Morning Van Drivers

  •  Two people are needed each Friday morning.
  • They arrive at St Gabriel’s cafeteria around 5:15 am.
  • They depart between 5:30 – 5:45 am, driving the guests to the uptown  transit center.  
  • Volunteers return the vans to the rental center and are usually back at St. Gabriel by 6:30 am.

View dates and sign up here

Meal Providers and Servers

Groups of volunteers:

  • Provide and serve a hot dinner every Thursday evening.
  • Provide breakfast to be served by the overnight volunteers.
  • Provide sack lunches the guests will take when they depart.

For available dates contact Dorothy Menze at

No additional volunteers are needed at this time for meals.  Thank you to all who have volunteered! 

"Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.
Matthew 25:40



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