Manna House

Point Person: Lucy Blackwell (pictured far right): lublack [at] bellsouth [dot] net, 581-5501 (c).

Other parishioners involved: Whit Tanner: whittanner [at] icloud [dot] com. Father John Sewell  jsewell [at] stjohnsmemphis [dot] org  323-8597 (w).

Mission: Manna House is a place of radical hospitality for the extreme poor and homeless in Memphis, especially the aged, women, people with disabilities, and those in need of restorative justice.  


What is expected of volunteers: Volunteers serve coffee, food when available, help in clothing the poor, visit with the guests, and provide a kind listening ear. 

Location: 1268 Jefferson

Service opportunities: Manna House is solely volunteer-run. They feed the homeless and distribute clothing items on a weekly basis. Manna House provides hot coffee, showers, a change of clothes, small toiletry items and most of all, hospitality for Memphis-area homeless persons. Sack lunches, or dinners are distributed when donated.

  1. Donate good used clothing and shoes (clean and undamaged) or sack lunches/snacks in large quantities
  2. Serve on hospitality teams at the house Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings (as described above)
  3. Manna House volunteers also serve dinner every Monday, and provide minor medical care, a foot clinic and dinner one Thursday evening a month. 

Salvation Army

Point Person: John Peeples  johnpeeples [at] gmail [dot] com  497-2218

Others Involved: Carrie Benitone carrie85 [at] yahoo [dot] com  488-9680

Mission: The Salvation Army in Memphis is our largest provider of shelter and services for homeless women and children, and our largest provider of addiction recovery programs. The Kroc Center provides arts, education, recreation ,and worship to people of all ages and backgrounds


What is expected of volunteers: Participate in special events, contribute food, clothing, money

Location: 696 Jackson Ave, Memphis 38105

Phone: (901) 260-9135 (Stacie Glover)

Short description of service opportunities:

  • Red Kettle Bell Ringing at our neighborhood Kroger (our 2016 team raised over $5,000!)
  • The Salvation Army runs many programs through the year that rely on volunteers and direct donations. Contact Stacie Glover (above), the Memphis Volunteer Projects Coordinator

Kairos Prison Ministry

Point Person: Henry Stratton, hstratton [at] colliersws [dot] com  486-1397

Other Parishioners Involved: many have baked cookies and made small donations in the past and present. 

Mission / Who does the Charity Serve: The incarcerated, i.e. the least of us. 


What is expected of volunteers: bake cookies, support financially, pray or take the love and grace of our Lord and Savior into the prisons. 

Location: West TN State Penitentiary

Service opportunities:

  • Bake cookies or make small donations
  • Travel to the prison with the Kairos team, available 1st weekend in March and 3rd weekend in September (Must be 18 or older)

Room at the Inn

Point Person: John Peeples

Other Parishioners Involved: Clyde Stephenson, stephenson.clyde [at] yahoo [dot] com. Room at the Inn presently has six volunteers from Saint John's

Mission: Room in the Inn-Memphis is an ecumenical ministry that serves people experiencing homelessness, more than 2000 people each night. Our goal is to share the love of God through hospitality. Now in its sixth year in Memphis, the program provides emergency shelter and meals during the coldest months of the year—November through March. It is housed at various churches around the city that volunteer their warm buildings and people who can provide much needed meals and a good helping of kindness and respect. It is modeled after the incredibly successful Room in the Inn program that started in Nashville more than 27 years ago.

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” - Hebrews 13:2


What is expected of volunteers: Prepare meals, host neighbors, and assist with logistics.

Location: Various churches around Memphis

Contact: Rev. Lisa Anderson, director, at lisa [at] roomintheinn-memphis [dot] org or email innkeeper [at] roomintheinn-memphis [dot] org.

Service opportunities (suitable for children):

By participating, you will experience a transformational ministry that will change the way you look at the homeless.

  • Volunteer at a congregation site and make new friends among our guests and other volunteers.
  • Help sort and/or wash clothes for a clothes closet
  • Create take-away/survival bags for guests
  • Shop for supplies and food
  • Help recruit other volunteers
  • Help organize a Room at the Inn-Memphis Program in your faith community
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