On Thursday night, January 14, 2016, MDHA co-sponsored Faith, Hope and Housing, with and at First United Methodist Church Dallas. The idea behind this gathering was to facilitate churches and church members exploring relational ways to empower our neighbors, who are experiencing homelessness. The evening, organized by Rebecca Cox, MDHA’s Vice President, attracted a crowd of about eighty professional and lay church leaders, as well as congregants. The evening began with warm words of welcome from Dr. Andrew Stoker, Senior Pastor, of First United Methodist Church Dallas, and a beautiful prayer led by Rev. Jonathan Grace, of CitySquare.
|Rev. Jonathan Grace|
Rebecca introduced the idea of Room in the Inn, a church winter cold weather shelter program that began in
and now exists in more than twenty communities. MDHA hopes to introduce this
program in churches in Nashville .
She then moderated a panel of leaders from Dallas , where the program has been up and
running for a few years now. Panel members included, Reverends Dottie Cook,
South Hills Christian Church, Dan Freemyer, Broadway Baptist Church, Page Hines
of First United Methodist Church Fort Worth, and the leader of DRC – Community
Solutions to End Homelessness, Kristy Hroch. They talked about how the program
helped the homeless in Fort Worth ,
what a blessing it has been for the churches involved, and how it has inspired
their members. They also took questions from the assembled. Fort Worth
With that, Rebecca adjourned this very successful communal gathering. We will keep you posted on the Room in the Inn program, here in