In 1988, a study by the Chattanooga Metropolitan Council on homelessness found there were few options available to single women and women with children who found themselves homeless. Various organizations were invited to join in addressing this critical issue. Using the model of Nashville's Room in the Inn, Christine Morrison spearheaded efforts to recruit church and volunteers to host the homeless guests.The result was astonishing: Chattanooga Room in the Inn officially began on August 31, 1988, offering overnight shelter at seven area churches (Brainerd Church of Christ, Central Presbyterian Church, First Centenary United Methodist Church, First Christian Church, Hixson Church of Christ, Hixson United Methodist Church, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church). In 1992, Chattanooga Room in the Inn moved into its own facility and developed into a fully operational shelter open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Since its inception, Chattanooga Room in the Inn has been privileged to assist over 4000 homeless women and children regain their independence with dignity and security.


Chattanooga Room in the Inn (CRITI) provides more than just shelter. In the loving arms of our program, women can address the issues that brought them to our door, learn how to pave the way to a brighter future and never be homeless again.


Women with children are the fastest growing homeless group in our area. Chattanooga Room in the Inn provides shelter, daily meals, living supplies, and transportation assistance at no charge to help participants get back on their feet.


CRITI provides individualized self-sufficiency plans for employment, permanent housing, life skills development, and physical and emotional health to help transform the lives of those who are in dire circumstances.


Children who reside at CRITI receive case management services, tutoring, and therapeutic activities to prevent them from getting behind in school, developing emotional problems, and potentially becoming homeless as an adult.