The Inn Project (TIP)

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 will provide safe temporary lodgings for families for approximately 5-24 hours and in some cases 2-3 days. The churches will provide meals, hygiene and bedding necessities, warm clothing, and other miscellaneous travel needs. When contact with the refugee’s extended family is secured, churches will coordinate transportation for the refugees to join their families.

Over 45 families 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.

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.

Register online to participateDownload the Registration and Needs listDonate online now

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.

Find Out More

  • 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

The Needs List


Winter coats for children 0-17, Winter coats for small to medium size men and women, Closed toe shoes (good for walking) for all ages, Clothing for teenage boys, Winter clothing for children 0-17 and adults, Socks for all ages, New underwear for children 0-17, New underwear for small to medium size men and women

Baby Needs

Diapers of all sizes, Baby wipes, Pedialyte in any form, Formula, Baby bottles no inserts, Sippy cups, Baby carrier (strap on)


Backpacks, Gym Bags, Suitcases, Reusable Grocery Bags


Gatorade, Bottled Water, Rice, Beans, Cereal (Cheerios, Frosted Flakes, Fruit Loops), Ramen Cup of Soup, Hotdogs, Cereal Cups, Pre-packaged Cheez-Its, Crackers with Cheese or Peanut Butter, Granola Bars, Travel Food, Disposable plates, cups, and cutlery


Sheets, Pillow cases, Machine washable blankets

Hygiene Items

Soap, Shampoo, Towels, Washcloths, Toilet paper, Feminine hygiene supplies, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Combs, Deodorant, Chapstick, Hair ties for children and women


Laundry detergent, Dish Soap, Hand Soap, Lysol wipes, Toilet Paper, Bleach, Kleenex, Toilet bowl cleaner, Paper Towels, Gas cards

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Author: District Office

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