Nearly 40 volunteers repair homeless shelter 'The Cottage' at Germantown United Methodist Church


Homeless shelter receives new roof. (Submitted photo)

By Jennifer Brezina, Germantown United Methodist Church

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Nearly 40 Memphis-area volunteers led by John Bennett of Excellent Roofing recently banded together to repair The Cottage at Germantown United Methodist Church. The Cottage serves as part of Room in the Inn's non-profit network of churches that provides free overnight shelter and meals for the homeless.

The massive project took place on Saturday, Sept. 29, and involved removing the old roofing system, replacing rotten wood, repairing and replacing the flashing, and installing new shingles. The volunteers also replaced several vent pipes, covers and boots, along with new gutters.  

Excellent Roofing donated labor and helped to secure new shingles at cost. Approximately  20 volunteers from Germantown United Methodist Church also assisted with the work on The Cottage that also is used as meeting space for Boy Scouts, youth and other church-sponsored activities.

Bennett, owner of Excellent Roofing, said, "Our company takes pride in giving back to our community, whether we're building Habitat for Humanity houses or leading apprenticeship programs for non-violent offenders released from prison. We have the attitude of serving others and doing our best, and it's especially meaningful  to help those who don't have a place to live. That's what Jesus did ‒ servant leadership ‒ and we're proud to do our part."

Room in the Inn - Memphis will kick off a new season on Nov. 1. The program has grown from one church to nearly 50 throughout Shelby County, including several Germantown churches. Nine congregations take turns hosting The Cottage at Germantown United Methodist Church.

For more information or to donate to Room in the Inn, visit online at There's also a new option to become a monthly Room in the Inn donor by texting INNKEEPER to 44321.

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