COLUMBIA, TN (WSMV) – A Midstate shelter has needed to overcome impediment after impediment, and that was earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic even started.

Now the volunteers who the shelter are dealing with a brand new problem: they’ve a wait checklist with extra folks needing their companies than ever earlier than.

The Room within the Inn of Columbia supplies a lot greater than shelter.

It helps folks like Betty Lengthy with transportation, job placement and schooling.

“I don’t know what I’d do with out it as a result of I nonetheless depend upon them lots for assist,” Lengthy informed News4 in September 2019.

That month the fireplace marshal shut down the shelter, saying it wanted a sprinkler system on the Westminster Presbyterian Church the place folks have been being housed.

Unable to afford it, the shelter was confronted with the potential for having to show needy households away.

“I used to be heartbroken, and I gathered the elders collectively and we cried. It was like a dying,” stated Rev. Jeff Kane, who based the Room within the Inn of Columbia.

Thankfully, the non-profit persevered by partnering with the Columbia Inn lodge. On the time it was serving to three households.

Then COVID-19 hit.

Now Room within the Inn of Columbia is housing 18 households and have one other 15 households on a wait checklist.

“You look into kids’s eyes, or younger mom’s eyes, and also you inform them, ‘Are you able to sleep in your automobile on extra night time,’ or ‘is there an auntie, or grandmother or someplace you possibly can sleep?’ We’re working as laborious as we will,” stated Kane.

It’s why the shelter, together with sponsors TriStar Financial institution and Asgard Brewing Firm, are internet hosting its first-ever Oktoberfest fundraiser.

“We’re hoping for a sell-out crowd,” stated Kane.

Kane stated he believes they may get it as a result of, regardless of a hearth marshal shut down, a worldwide pandemic and an financial disaster, Kane and his volunteers have what it takes – religion.

“Time and time once more, after we assume we will’t go any additional, God simply retains offering and other people maintain exhibiting up,” stated Kane.

The Oktoberfest fundraiser can be held Sept. 25 from 5-9 p.m. Click for information or to purchase tickets.

It prices about $800 every month to accommodate a household.

In case you can’t attend the occasion however wish to donate, name the Westminster Presbyterian Church at 931-388-3703.

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