In 1981, the congregation of Trinity United Methodist Church in downtown Atlanta, GA, responded to the needs of homeless people in the area by opening its basement as an emergency night shelter and later began a soup kitchen on Sundays. By 1988 a separate 501c3 nonprofit organization, Trinity Community Ministries, Inc. was formed to better coordinate the large, vibrant volunteer base and organizational efforts required to operate these social services. In 1991, the emergency shelter evolved into a transitional housing program for adult men, known as Trinity House. By the end of the decade, strategic planning led TCM to set a goal of tripling the size of the program. In searching for a site to continue, board members discovered that Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in furtherance of its mission to "...serve and preserve our surrounding urban community...," had recently purchased the Hanley Bell Street Funeral Home building and sought to have a mission program for homeless men there. The two churches formed a partnership and in 2005 raised the money to renovate the vacant building into a 3-story, 36-bed facility that is on the National Registry of Historic Places due to the fact that it is where Dr. MLK's body was prepared for burial. Today, TCM operates in partnership with public, private, and nonprofit service providers, as well as a wealth of community volunteers and civic partners, through two core programs serving adult, homeless men, many of them veterans and many with undiagnosed mental illness. These two programs are "Trinity House-Big Bethel," a 36-bed transitional housing program, and "Trinity Living," serving 16 older homeless men, most of them veterans, through permanent supportive housing.