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The Beginning

A UMNS photo by Jan Snider

UMNS photo by Jan Snider.

Ordinary people responded to an extraordinary need in December 2016. Thousands of asylum seekers at the Arizona border had no safe place after release from government detention. The Desert Southwest Conference of the United Methodist Church stepped in to help. A courageous church opened its doors, volunteers pitched in, and The lnn began. Unlike the experience of Mary and Joseph who had been turned away at an inn, those needing rest and understanding would be welcome here.

The Inn receives families who have gone through U.S. Customs and Border Protection (C.B.P.), or Immigration Customs Enforcement (l.C.E.), and are released to continue the immigration process. We provide temporary shelter, hospitality, food, clothing, showers, and compassion for these vulnerable families, giving them a safe place to stay while they transition to the next part of their journey. Since its beginnings in December of 2016, The Inn has served more than 14,081 people. In 2019, on average each month we sheltered 234 people, served 11,423 meals, and prepared 581 meals to-go. We rely on volunteers to help with every step of the process.

In the spring of 2020 COVID-19 impacted border policy with the result that U.S. agencies no longer brought families to The Inn for shelter. In the spring of 2021, we reopened and again serve our sisters and brothers seeking help. To keep our guests and volunteers as safe as possible we moved to a “hotel” model where our guests are housed at a local hotel instead of at a church. The hotel model is much more expensive and our help is needed!

The Inn Sponsorship Program 2021

Become an integral part of The Inn, providing sponsorship at a level that works for you. If you have given in the past, please consider increasing your support. If you are a new donor, we welcome you at the sponsor-ship level that suits you best. Your gift ensures that The Inn can provide the necessary support for asylum-seeking families. Your donation helps provide a bed, clothing, and food in a safe, loving, Christian environment. As a sponsor, you will fulfill the call Christ spoke about in Matthew 25:40 when he said, “Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

As a sponsor, you will join in partnership with the staff and volunteers who provide for the day-to-day needs of our guests. You will receive periodic newsletters, invitations to special gatherings, and activities in addition to the knowledge that your donation is changing lives. Please become a sponsor of The Inn. Sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/3stjppek.

Choose your level of support (donations are tax-deductible)

We also welcome one-time gifts. Please click/tap on the button below to donate at https://theinnofsa.org/donate.

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