The Inn Project (TIP)

Over 500 individuals have already been served at the two sites, and more are arriving each day. You can be part of the love expressed by responding in whatever way Jesus is calling you to act.

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People are rallying together to respond with love to a request for help from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office. ICE has asked for help with temporary housing and transportation for immigrant families. Most of the families are from Central America and are in the United States as Refugee or Asylum immigrants. They have cleared background checks and customs. The coordinated response is called The Inn Project. Some churches are providing safe temporary lodgings for families for approximately 5-24 hours and in some cases 2-3 days. The churches are also providing meals, hygiene and bedding necessities, warm clothing, and other miscellaneous travel needs. When contact with the refugee’s extended family is secured, churches are coordinating transportation for the refugees to join their families.

What will you do?

Prayers, volunteers, and gifts are all critical needs. Use the participation form to register as a volunteer, to commit to pray for the project, and/or to give money or items in support of this project. If you’d like to make a quick donation or register for additional participation later, use the “Donate Online Now” button below.

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Urgent Needs List as of Aug. 28, 2017

The hurricane is causing transportation problems. Please drop off donations at First United Methodist Church, 915 E 4th Street, Tucson or Catalina UMC, 2700 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson during business hours (Monday-Thursday 9:00AM-1:00PM). Contact Gretchen Lokey at to arrange large deliveries.

Open Urgent Needs List

Clothes for men, women, and children Deodorant for men and women Shoes for smaller women, men, and children Toothbrushes and toothpaste (trial size are fine) Snacks Fruit Cases of water Cup of soup Snack Crackers Granola bars Fruit Snacks Cheez Its Peanut Butter Jelly

Find Out More

  • Click here to read the July 2017 update.
  • Click here to read the February 2017 update.
  • Click here to read the December 2016 update.
  • Click here to find out more about the original request from ICE and The Inn Project.
  • Click here to find resources for immigration response.
  • Click here to download a PDF of Needs List. *Updated on Jan 13, 2017

Telling others about this project is also very important. Use www.dscumc.org/theinnproject to share this news via Social Media, in an email to your friends and family, or on a church website. Please note, checks should be payable to Desert Southwest Conference at 1550 E. Meadowbrook Avenue, Phoenix Arizona 85014 with “The Inn Project” in the memo line.

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