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The INN Between

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Hospices, Human Services

Mission: Our mission is to end the tragic history of vulnerable people dying on the streets of our community by providing a supportive and safe haven for those who have nowhere to live during a medical crisis. We provide a home environment that enables adults experiencing homelessness to gain access to professional hospice care from State-licensed hospice agencies; undergo life-saving medical treatment; stabilize in preparation for surgery; or recuperate from serious illness, injury, or surgery. Click the video for a quick look at the work we do. We improve clients' access to healthcare by assisting them with Medicaid and Disability applications, connecting them with primary care providers, and providing transportation to medical appointments. The INN Between also provides short term Medical Respite stays for individuals who need to stabilize prior to surgery, recover from surgery, or need stable housing to initiate cancer treatment.

Results: Since opening on August 17, 2015, The INN Between has helped 76 terminally ill homeless men and women experience the end of life with dignity, with access to professional hospice care, all basic needs and intensive social, emotional and spiritual support. We have helped hundreds recuperate from serious medical conditions through our Medical Respite Program.

Target demographics: enable our most vulnerable homeless to die housed

Direct beneficiaries per year: We opened in 2015 and serve 100-200 people annually

Geographic areas served: Salt Lake County and surrounding areas

Programs: housing where homeless men and women can receive medical respite and hospice care, meals, clothing, and supportive services.

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at the INN Between for about 4 years. i started when we were located at Goshen and am currently at the facility on 13th South.

I cannot tell you how impressed I am with the program and the staff. They care deeply about their mission and succeed everyday. As a volunteer it has been my pleasure to work with the staff and the residents. I have done a variety of tasks working with the residents, cleaning, cooking (at the previous location) and volunteering at awareness events.

I cannot express how my heart feels every time I leave the INN Between. I am so grateful for the service that the INN Between provides and the opportunity for me to be a small part of that. JoDee Hilton

Nancy C.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering at the Inn Between one year after it opened on Goshen Street. I have been a volunteer ever since. Before retiring, I worked within the medical system, so observing that aspect of the Inn Between’s services has been a positive experience for me. The care is excellent. Just as important is the loving emotional support that residents are given. The core staff that I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with is stellar. What an honor for me to work with this amazing group of people!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for TIB for 4 years now and spent allot of time there, its amazing to see how far its come along after all these years, the staff is great and the residents are wonderful people, I have learned allot volunteering there, its been very rewarding experience. TIB does so much good for the homeless community.

2 Emily C.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a board-certified music therapist, and joined ranks with the INN Between at the very start. Though I've since moved from the area, the music therapy program has continued. Music has been a way for the residents to connect with each other, express themselves and make meaning from their life experiences. I'm so grateful that the INN Between has grown and continues to be a place of refuge for hospice and other medically fragile people faced with homelessness. I will always remember the people I met there and the lessons Iearned from them.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at the Inn Between since January 2019. I was not sure what to expect, but immediately was welcomed by all the staff and found the staff and clients to be friendly and kind. I organize weekly arts and craft activities for residents. During arts and craft time I have gotten to know and care about many of the residents. I am grateful to live in a community that treats such a vulnerable population with dignity and respect and in a small way support the work of the Inn Between. The Inn Between is a model program for hospice and respite care for homeless individuals.

1 Austin R.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering and taking part in events for the past 8 months and it has been a very rewarding experience. I feel this organization is vital to our community. They help the homeless rehabilitate and pass with dignity. I highly recommended anyone who is looking to donate their time to reach out The Inn Between!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I first learned about The INN Between through my work in the community. Once I watched the PBS/KUED documentary on them, I was hooked. As someone who has been a caregiver and a volunteer for a hospice program in the past; I was committed to their success. No one deserves to die alone and in pain. Last year, my mother and I donated my step-fathers wheelchair to the INN. After he passed, we could not think of any other place that could utilize it any better. Thank you to The INN Between for growing up out of a need to give every human the dignity they deserve.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to be at Motorcycle ride honoring a resident of The INN Between. Tom a veteran and hospice resident at The INN Between expressed his wish to go on a final motorcycle ride. The staff at The INN Between worked with his Chaplain Allyson and Servant Riders to make this all happen! You should have seen the smile on Tom's face when over 50 bikes pulled into The INN, engines roaring, all to honor Tom's wish and his service to our country. They loaded Tom out of his wheelchair, oxygen & all, into a special modified bike. Tears ran down my face as I followed the procession of bikes to the state capitol, what an amazing site to see. The work being done at The INN Between is amazing!!! Everyone deserves respect, kindness and love, that is exactly what The INN Between is all about.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the boards of a number of charities over the years; working with the Inn Between has been an especially rewarding experience. The Inn Between serves as a hospice home for terminally ill people who would otherwise be homeless and dying on the street. It also offers temporary respite to homeless people who are undergoing a course of medical treatment (such as wound care from an accident) that doesn't require full hospitalization but does require a safe place to stay and recover. When people become residents of the Inn Between they are no longer homeless. Some reconnect with families at the end of their lives. Some collect veteran's benefits or pensions that they couldn't get before because they didn't have a home address. Some people who have come to the Inn Between with a "terminal" diagnosis have actually recovered due to having a place to live off the streets that provides rest and facilitates treatment. The residents are the first and foremost beneficiaries of the Inn Between, but not the only ones. Society benefits from a reduction of homeless, especially very sick homeless, in parks and near homes and businesses. Families benefit because they know where their homeless relative is, and that the person is safe and receiving end-of-life care. The Inn Between also saves lots of taxpayer dollars - we can provide housing for a month for nearly the same as a night's hospital stay, and taxpayers aren't being charged for a constant cycle of picking up a sick homeless person in an ambulance, using the ER, holding the person for a day or two in the hospital, and then releasing that person back out onto the street to start the cycle all over again. The Inn Between is a model for how to create an efficient and focused solution to a chronic societal problem which benefits all stakeholders.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

In spite of many challenges and the "Not in my backyard" mentality of a few vocal critics, the staff and supporters of this non-profit provide incredible loving care to some of our most vulnerable and misunderstood citizens. It provides a service for the medically frail and terminally ill homeless and instead of judgment and derision service is delivered in a supportive and caring environment that is rarely available anywhere in the country.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I received a Facebook message from a good friend Matt Klein who was a board member with The INN Between regarding a few neighbors that did not like The INN Between moving into their neighborhood. I called to find out what was going on and was directed to a support group of neighbors that had banded together called the YIMBY group, who support whole heartedly The INN Between being in their neighborhood. This YIMBY group has grown in number and continues to grow daily, holding monthly meetings, volunteering and supporting The INN Between anyway possible.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were at the inn for a few months and the care and love that we tecieved there was amazing they make it feel like a home and your needs are met and beyond its a great place for peoke to go for a short time to recover or a place to spend your final days either way its a great place

2 Alexandra Greenwood H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great group with an amazing mission. Their staff is qualified and competent. When I've come to volunteer, they always have useful things for me to do.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The INN Between has some of the most caring individuals on staff that I have ever met in my many years of working in the healthcare profession. I have thoroughly enjoyed volunteering at the INN Between, meeting and getting to know the various residents at the facility. The environment is one that provides homeless folks with a safe, clean, & peaceful place to recover from illness, or if terminal, to die in comfort, surrounded by loving people.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such important work. I've visited as well as spoken to them. They are helping a group of people whom are often ignored. The homeless are treated so horribly in the city and resources are few. Furthermore, everyone has a right to death with dignity and the InnBetween to do that to our most marginized and forgotten.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer at The INN Between for a year, having completed my service in July 2019. I loved my experience there. My tasks were minimal but needed at the time. I felt a kinship to everyone who worked, served, volunteered, or lived there. The service to give a home for someone without a home in their last days on earth takes a big heart. That's what I felt there. It was more than shelter, food, clothing, or a warm shower. There was love and caring that took place from the volunteers, the employees, and the residents. Everyone watched out for each other and shared friendship. This is an amazing place, home, and I share my love for it every chance I get.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer since The Inn Between opened.I have personally wittnesed the caring given by all involved.No one passes alone.Please take the time to volunteer.It will give you an Awsome feeling.

1 Kym S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love being a volunteer at The INN Between. There are so many amazing and worthwhile agencies and organizations in SLC but The INN really stands out. They help bring a awareness to a very serious but little talked about issue within the homeless community. Everyone I have met there - residents, other volunteers and staff alike - have been absolutely fantastic. I love getting to know the residents and hearing all their stories. And the volunteers and staff have really big hearts and genuinely care and believe in what they are doing.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This wonderful Inn fills a need for people who have no where else to turn. The staff is fully committed to providing the best of care for their residents. No one should spend their last days alone. I'm glad the Inn Between us here in our community.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

This is much needed facility that helps the most marginalized in our community. I'm very thankful we have The Inn Between to serve those who need it the most.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The INN Between fills a real gap in the services for homeless individuals in our area. I hadn't heard of this great program until a friend told me about it, and I checked it out. The staff is really dedicated to the clients who come there --some to end their lives-- and they really care about each person who enters the doors of The INN Between.

No one likes to think about dying alone, much less on the streets. This is a truly needed, and special program!!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Much needed community resource. They do great work. The administration and volunteers have a great heart!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at The INN Between I was exposed to homelessness on a whole new level. I am so appreciative of the other volunteers and staff who greatly care about the residents and make no judgement about their past. Death with dignity is not only the INN's mission, but they honor the dying and memorialize every one equally.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering here a year ago. I wanted to volunteer at a hospice and by a google search found this one. I chose it solely because it served the under-served. Death with dignity is important to me. Moreover, providing a safe and warm place for someone who is homeless and may have something like terminal cancer for example, still deserves all the honor, dignity and respect as anyone else. It was perfect for me. As with many non-profits, it takes work in simply maintaining the day to day things. There are several volunteer type opportunities here as well which I feel is great depending on your personality and activity level. It has been an honor to be a part of The INN Between and volunteer here.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed volunteering at the INN Between. I've helped cook meals, sort through donations, and run errands. This organization provides an invaluable service to those who would die on the streets without it.

2 Dave O.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was made aware of The INN Between over a year when one of my daughters neighbors talked about it at a neighborhood gathering, she was a volunteer at that time. Later my daughter and her family members also volunteered there. This past month I was invited to a tour combined with a support event at the facilities, and the next day a memorial. The event was well organized and attended by a good number of people. I was very much impressed with the over all operation of The INN Between. I had time to meet a number of employees and view the entire operation, it is unique and unlike any support origination I have ever seen. The memorial was well attended and I learned quite a bite about a man I had never met. It was apparent by statements made by this mans friends that he very mush appreciated his stay at The INN Between. This is a very unique organization that offers an opportunity for some less fortunate people to enjoy a little time in a normal family style environment, often at the ends of their lives.

2 Jeremiah2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great place and provides an unbelievable service to some of our community's most vulnerable citizens. I recently attended a memorial service for one the residents who passed away, it was a moving experience to say the least. I have also attended their Simple Soup Supper and Casino Night fundraising events, they were well organized and fun in addition to raising money for a great cause. The staff and volunteers are friendly, passionate and their dedication to this great organization and the people it serves shines through!! A truly great non-profit.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Inn Between is a fabulous organization that serves an important need in the community that isn't met anywhere else. It's so basic at it's core - we all deserve to die with dignity - regardless of our circumstances. Homelessness happens for so many reasons and I think all of us are impacted by it. I know we have been.

The staff is second to none here with their caring and compassion. I feel grateful to be able to support this organization as a donor and board member.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The INN between is one of those places that you don't really think about until someone introduces you to it, and then you think, well yeah, that is something that is really needed.
I have been so impressed with the staff and the well thought out way that the organization has been run. With the budget that they have and being open for just over a year, what they have accomplished is truly amazing. So much so, that I inquired about being on their board of directors as I could see how much they cared and I wanted to be a part of that something special.