The INN Between opened on August 17, 2015 to end the tragedy of about 50 people dying on Salt Lake City area streets annually. As the first hospice for the homeless in Utah, and the United States, The INN Between is dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable place where Utah's homeless men and women can experience the end of life with dignity, receive professional hospice services, and be surrounded by compassionate people who care. The INN Between's 15-bed home, in the former Roman Catholic Convent, is like a "surrogate home" to people who have nowhere else to go as they face a medical crisis. Our program also addresses the social injustice of homeless individuals lacking access to hospice care which is a guaranteed medical benefit for all Americans, but one that is home-based and cannot be delivered in shelters or on the streets.
Our purpose is be a place of peace and refuge for people suffering from advanced disease or injury who have no where else to go. Therefore, The INN Between accepts clients who require temporry housing to:
- recover from an acute illness, trauma or surgery,
- undergo intensive curative treatment such as chemotherapy,
- receive palliative care (care that eases pain and symptoms rather than focusing on a cure),
- receive end-of-life hospice care (for individuals determined to have fewer than six months to live).
The INN Between provides the basic needs such as meals, clothing, bedding, laundry, and personal hygeine items. In addition, our small staff and large team of volunteer "House Mates" go above and beyond the basic needs to provide companionship, emotional and spiritual support, music therapy, pet therapy, activities, acupuncture, reiki, massage, salon services and other services and therapies that improve quality of life while relieving pain and anxiety.
We strive to reconnect our clients with estranged family members to widen their social safety net and allow for the opportunity to begin the emotional healing process and mend old wounds before death. After one of our residents dies, we write an obituary and post it on our website, hold a community memorial service, and place a name plaque in our memorial garden.
Prospective residents must be referred by a health care professional and have a diagnosis of a serious or terminal illness that cannot be effectively treated on the streets or in a shelter. In general, a prospective resident must be capable of independent living. If he or she requires assistance with activities of daily living (eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, etc), then they are not suitable for The INN Between and would require placement in an assisted living facility or skilled nursing facility.
We rely on the generosity of individuals, companies and foundations to operate. Please consider making a one-time gift or becoming a Sustaining Member. Click to Donate.
As a small nonprofit, we also rely on volunteers to keep our home running, provide companionship to our residents, and help with special events. Click to learn more about our Volunteer Program.
The INN Between houses some of the the most medically frail homeless individuals in our community, lessening the human suffering visible on our city streets. By ensuring that our residents have proper medical care, The INN Between virtullly eliminates unnecessary 911 calls, saving Salt Lake City and the community hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. We help individuals apply for and follow up on pending applications for Medicaid and other mainstream benefits, further reducing the financial impact on the medical community of providing charity care (a cost that is passed down to the rest of us). Finally, we help our residents plan and pay for their own cremation or burial, reducing the financial burden on the State of Utah's indigent cremation fund.
The INN Between
340 S. Goshen Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84104