making a difference





icon16-free-img (1)


People Sheltered Every Night

The Warming Center

The Warming Center provides a warm and friendly place for community members to gather for free meals, guest advocacy, and socializing. Guests can also use the shower facility located in the Warming Center during this time. Various community agency representatives may be available at the warming center to meet with guests regarding employment, housing, health care, or any other matter that helps with regaining independence.

Our Warming Center is located at 447 W. Washington Street in Marquette. The phone number is 906-225-1521.

Our Committees

Warming Center Committee


Martha Hayward, Jennifer Tavernier, Barry Johnson, Shawn Salo

Finance Committee


Rob Sullivan, John Sonderegger, Kimm Frew

Fundraising Committee


Corinne Bodeman, Mary Lou Blomquist, Kimm Frew

Governance Committee


Barry Johnson, Michelle Halley, Martha Hayward, Kayla West

Personnel Committee


Mike Coyne, Jennifer Santer

Volunteer Committee


Nic Camarata, Mary Stunkard

Church Coordinators

First Presbyterian Church

John Sonderegger
906-361-3241 | EMAIL

Marquette Hope (First)

Kent Koehn

St. Louis The King

Mary Jane Lynch
906-360-5279 | EMAIL

St. Michael Catholic Church


Unitarian Universalist

Sarah Johnson
906-458-3915 | EMAIL

Michelle Halley
906-361-0520 | EMAIL

St. Christopher Catholic Church

Sandy Bonsall
906-228-4244 | EMAIL

Duane Fowler
906-225-1907 | EMAIL

David Bonsall
906-250-0245 | EMAIL

Messiah Lutheran

Darlene Dreisbach
906-226-3445 | EMAIL

Ron Tervo
906-346-6230 | EMAIL

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Kayla West
906-361-4090 | EMAIL

Since 2007 RATI Has:

Operated a rotating emergency homeless shelter and warming center in partnership with area churches.

Created a grassroots effort that relies solely on private donations, community volunteers, and local support.

Grown from providing shelter for 3 guests each night to providing shelter for 20+ guests each night.

Grown from serving 150-175 meals each month at the warming center to serving 1,800 meals each month.

Created the unofficial “Front Door” of homeless services at the Warming Center.

Partnered with local agencies and service providers to help 20-25 homeless adults return to independent living each year.

Witnessed the cost of homelessness escalate each year through hospital bills, law enforcement resources, and county jail stays…25-30 of our most chronic homeless men and women generate over $1 Million in hospital bills and over 1,000 nights of incarceration each year.


Nicholas Emmendorfer-Executive Director


Nick was born and raised in Marquette MI, where he went on to graduate from Northern Michigan University with a degree in Economics and a degree in Philosophy. Since graduating Nick served as Upper Peninsula Representative for Michigan's First Congressional District.

Nick's Journey with Room at the Inn began back in 2013 as a volunteer at our Warming Center and he has been an avid volunteer ever since. This last February Room at the Inn hired Nick as our Executive Director in hopes he will use both his leadership and his complex-problem solving abilities to tackle the issue of homelessness in our community.
In his free time Nick enjoys being active through basketball, boxing, running, and spending time in the beautiful outdoors.

Mark Holliday- Guest Advocate


Mark is a Marquette native who attended NMU and the University of Illinois where he earned his Masters Degree in Psychology. He and his wife have been married for 35 years and have raised 3 children.
Mark worked in the child wellfare field for 30 years before joining Room at the Inn with the approach that each individual has their own unique history that they need to overcome to move forward positively with their lives.

Board of Directors

download (1)

John Sonderegger


A senior-level business and finance leader. Retired from a wide-ranging background in business from start-up to large multinational companies. In retirement I do providing ERP consulting services to manufacturing companies. John grew up in Marquette, MI, and has donated much of his free time as a volunteer for Room at the Inn.


John Sonderegger


Pastor Nick hails originally from Trenton, New Jersey.  He received his B.A. in Biblical Literature from University of Valley Forge in Pennsylvania and his Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, earning academic awards in preaching and in Hebrew.  He began his ministerial career with the Assemblies of God–where he met his wife Jenny–and has previously served Presbyterian churches in Youngstown, Ohio and Dallas, West Virginia.

Pastor Nick and Jenny have four children:  Sarah, Nicholas, Jacquie, and Gaetano.  When he is not preaching the Word or ministering to the needy, he can frequently be found tending his garden, particularly his mulberry and fig trees, or enjoying his massive lifelong collection of Marvel Comics.


Michelle Halley


Michelle and her children have been Room at the Inn volunteers since 2014. On several occasions they have taken guests into their home.  She is a litigation attorney focused on real property, small business and farming law in private practice in Marquette.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, camping, canoeing and exploring the U.P. and Lake Superior.


Mike Coyne


Mike Coyne is a retired physician and former Mayor of Marquette. He has served on the Board of Directors for RATI for 4 years as well as the Superior Health Foundation for 15 years. In addition, Mike has been involved with Bay Cliff Health Camp and has been in public service for the past 30 years.


Rob Sullivan


Rob was born and raised in Marquette, currently living in Chocolay with his wife and three kids. Professionally, Rob is an Associate Real Estate Broker and co-owns and manages Northern Michigan Land Brokers. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys a variety of outdoor activities in his free time.

Bodeman_1 (1)

Corinne Bodeman

Cori serves as the Director of Marketing and New Business Development at Goodwill of Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. She holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MS in Environmental Management from Illinois Institute of Technology. Additionally, she is a professor in Entrepreneurship and Marketing at Northern Michigan University. She resides in Marquette on a farm with a menagerie of animals. Her interest in RATI stems from her belief that without shelter and safety, no progress toward health and healing can occur. It is our duty as humans to protect those that cannot protect themselves.


Mary Stunkard


Mary has been part of Room at the Inn since its inception serving as a volunteer, cook, and church coordinator. She is currently a full-time faculty member of the Clinical Sciences Department at NMU. She has been a resident of Marquette for the past 13 years, having grown up in Escanaba.


Greg Zyburt


Greg is currently the Marquette County Sheriff. To date, he has 39 years in Law Enforcement. His educational background includes a bachelors degree from Northern Mi University and he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. In the community Greg was a member of Marquette Rotary West for 16 years, Campaign Co-chairman of the United Way of Marquette County 2014/15, Current Board member of Marquette Salvation Army, and Northern Michigan University Criminal Justice Advisory Board. In his free time he enjoys mountain biking, jogging, fishing.

Head shot photo

Jennifer Santer


Jennifer is currently the Executive Director of Teaching Family Homes. She has five years’ experience working with the homeless. She has worked in a day shelter, overnight shelter, and provided services for those at-risk of becoming homeless.

Make a difference

The shelter is staffed each evening by community members who volunteer their time and service to the homeless in our community.


You can make a difference!

Spreading Happiness

Room at the Inn offers night time shelter, opening at 9 pm each evening and closing at 6 am. Dinner is provided every evening at The Warming Center between the hours of 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.


Scroll to Top