Ten years ago, Flatlanders Inn officially opened its doors on the second floor above our heads, and eight people moved in. Some were leaders, others interns, and others were people who needed a safe place to live. There were even children! Since then, Flatlanders Inn has expanded to the third floor, adding a second kitchen, a second living room area, and a dozen more suites (including two family suites) in 2009 and 2010. Right now, Flatlanders Inn is home to 24 people, and its mission continues to be “to cultivate a positive, nurturing, and relational place to live for people who want to get their feet back under them”.
Over the past 10 years, 112 people have called Flatlanders Inn their home. The community has celebrated many good times and weathered a number of hard times as they continue learning to live in the way of Jesus by loving each other and our neighbourhood. Flatlanders Inn continues to be home to a diverse group of people, including interns, leaders, children, and transitional members.
On May 28th, the Flatlanders Inn community celebrated its 10th anniversary with Flatlanders alumni and with our church. We heard from current and past Flatlanders residents on making friends at Flats, on enjoying the food and community meals, on the things (good and bad) that community teaches our children, and on living with each other on bad days. Flatlanders Inn thanked some of the people who have supported us over the years, and we took a minute to remember and pray for the relationships that have ended badly, where reconciliation has yet to take place. We got to tour the Flatlanders space, and enjoy soup and desserts. To hear the audio from this morning, see here.
There was an art station, a jumping room for the children, and some Flatlanders Inn residents graciously agreed to leave their rooms open so we could see what the suites look like.
Flatlanders Inn is grateful for the support of our church family as we celebrate this milestone together, and to those who have supported us through the years. We named a few people at the anniversary, but there are many more who have cared for us over the years, and we appreciate each one of you.
If anyone is interested in connecting more with Flatlanders Inn or even in talking about living at Flatlanders Inn, please contact the Flatlanders Administrator by calling 204-338-3528 or by email.
To learn more about Flatlanders Inn, visit our website, or browse through a copy of our 10th anniversary newsletter, where numerous Flatlanders residents and alumni describe their experiences living here. The newsletter can be found here, or pick up a paper copy at the info table at church.