Room in the Inn may be forced to close due to financial problems - WKRN News 2

Room in the Inn may be forced to close due to financial problems

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -

A homeless shelter with a long history in Murfreesboro has an uncertain future and could be forced to close its doors.

Financial contributions from area churches and individuals has dwindled to the point that Christine Huddleston wonders how long she will be able to keep the doors open at Room in the Inn.

"My bills have doubled in the past year. You wouldn't believe my water bill and gas bill that I get here" said Huddleston, "Right now I am operating in the red, for the first time."

Huddleston started Room in Room in the Inn, which is located at 640 W Main Street, with her husband 26 years ago.

The shelter takes in hundreds of individuals each year who have lost their jobs and their homes.

The home provides 75 meals every to the 24 people who currently live there.

Huddleston told Nashville's News 2 she cooks breakfast and lunch, while volunteers from area churches provide dinner.

"Churches are suffering and they were some of my main support and individuals who have supported me for years are having the same problems," she explained.

Huddleston said it costs around $80,000 per year to operate the Room in the Inn, which is up nearly $30,000 over the last several years.

According to Huddleston many of the people who live at the home have jobs and are working to get back on their feet.

"We haven't had a problem getting my people to work," she said.

For information on Murfreesboro's Room in the Inn, call 615-896-7016.

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