Room In The Inn

A First Step toward Housing

Room in the Inn is Homeward Bound’s shelter to home program for women experiencing homelessness in Asheville. Since 2001, Room in the Inn has partnered with local faith communities who open their doors and provide meals, hospitality, companionship and a warm bed for up to twelve women each night of the week. Each week, Room in the Inn creates a safe haven for women while they await permanent housing placement.

Each Room in the Inn participant is treated as an individual because everyone’s needs are different. They receive a case management plan that includes a connection to services for their key areas of need, including mental health and substance treatment, education and/or employment, interpersonal violence awareness, emotional regulation, determining their path to housing and implementing that plan. This ongoing interpersonal support continues after the women are housed to ensure a successful transition into a permanent home.

Interested? Contact our Room in the Inn Coordinator Kate Brown at 828.776.9741.

Check out the video below featuring our Room in the inn program from the Citizen Times!

Your faith community or business team can be the key!


Your team can:


  • Participate in training from Homeward Bound about poverty and homelessness in our community and what you will experience while hosting Room in the Inn participants.
  • Contribute a yearly monetary stipend to supplement the expense of a full-time case manager for the clients.
  • Bring MISSION INTO YOUR SPACE. This opportunity offers real ministry in YOUR building!
  • Engage in community in a real and tangible way. Be a part of the solution to end homelessness in Asheville and Buncombe County!


We work with each Room in the Inn participant individually because all our needs are different. We accept homeless women who are emotionally stable, not currently affected by drugs or alcohol, willing to abide by the rules of the program, and seeking case management assistance. These rules prohibit drinking, smoking in the building, weapons, drugs, fighting, and cursing or verbal abuse. They also ensure a safe environment for the women and the volunteers. The program is coordinated by our Steering Committee.


We invite you to partner with us in caring for some of the most vulnerable people in our community by sharing your resources with them and providing the most basic needs that we all share:


  • Safe sleeping options – space in your building from 6 PM through 6 AM nightly for one week, using our mattresses
  • Regular meals – supper in the evening and a light breakfast and sack lunch during the day
  • Transportation – to and from the AHOPE Day Center each day
  • A caring environment – provide safe space and encouragement


We often think of homelessness as an issue too large and complex for any one person or faith group to tackle. You can be the key by helping to provide financial support, a week’s service each year, and by sharing your kindness with the Room in the Inn guests!

Interested? Contact our Room in the Inn Coordinator Kate Brown at 828.776.9741.

A Conversation between Cindy and Sarah

Cindy and Sarah are a great example of the journey we take together when a case manager supports someone experiencing homelessness to move into a new home and stay in housing. A big thanks to Amplified Media for their excellent work on this and the other Story Share videos they’ve done for us.

Room in the Inn is a first step to the stability that housing can bring to people’s lives. Partners with local faith communities provide shelter for up to twelve women each night of the week. Each week faith communities open their facilities to welcome these women as guests. They offer a warm, safe place for women experiencing homelessness who are working hard to move forward into permanent housing. The simple goal is to keep them from risking their safety sleeping on the street. The greater goal is to create caring relationships with these women, one week at a time, while they await housing placement.

Each participant is treated as an individual because everyone’s needs are different. We accept women who are experiencing homelessness, are mentally stable and, if affected by addiction, are willing to engage in treatment programs. Faith community volunteers transport the participants each evening to the housing site and provide dinner, breakfast, and a sack lunch. Additionally, two volunteers remain with the women overnight.

If you would like more information or would like to support Room in the Inn by volunteering, contact our Room in the Inn Coordinator Kate Brown at 828.776.9741.

Donate Today

A monthly gift allows you to spread the financial impact of your giving across the entire year, lessening a one-time drain on your resources. Also, recurring gifts help Homeward Bound as we can more accurately predict income in advance, which helps with longer range budgeting and decision-making.


Volunteers help us end homelessness 

Come volunteer with us

Come volunteer with us! We offer service experiences for individuals, faith communities, businesses, and schools and youth groups. Volunteers help us end homelessness in our region by helping provide much-needed services to people transitioning into a home.


Contribute to a Cause


Your clean and gently used household items can help others experience the comforts of home. Your donations go directly to women, men, and children moving in to new homes or are used at our Day Center. Donation receipts are available upon request.


Get in Touch. Get Involved.

The Homeward Bound community includes caring staff, volunteers, board members, and people experiencing or moving out of homelessness. We believe that housing is a human right and use the “Housing First” national best practice to end homelessness. We care about the most vulnerable among us and work every day to help them improve their lives. Join us!

37 Montford Ave Asheville, NC 28801

Call Us: (828) 252-8883

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