News and Updates

March 17, 2023

Garden Interest Meeting

On Sunday, March 26th at 12:30 we will have an interest meeting and dreaming session to discuss hopes and plans for the Loaves and Fishes garden this year! We will meet in the Hospitality Room downstairs.

Toilet Paper for our Friends

Listening to the needs and concerns of our friends is always a priority. And recently, we have heard our unhoused friends express a need for toilet paper as they camp.

If you're interested in helping us collect toilet paper for our unhoused friends and Respite friends, you can do so by checking out our Amazon Wishlist and making a direct contribution.

Easter Lambs and Hams!

Easter is around the corner, and we're making plans for the Easter meals. On the menu this year will be lamb and ham!

If you would like to make a monetary or physical donation for the meal, reach out to Lorili at

Memorial Service for Arthur Lakey

We'll have a special moment of remembrance for Arthur Lakey during the 12:30 worship service on Wednesday, March 19th. All who knew and loved Lonnie are invited to join us!

Downtown Welcome Table

On-going opportunities to participate at the Welcome Table:

  • Have a meal! - Join us on Sunday or Wednesday to enjoy a meal with our community!

  • Dining Room Clean Up - As always, clean up is one of the places that we need companion support. We promise to make it fun! On Sundays, we need companions from 10:00-12:00, and on Wednesdays from 12:00-2:00

  • Kitchen Clean-Up - On Sundays from 10:00-12:00 and Wednesdays from 12:00-2:00, we would love for a couple of companions to help us clean up the kitchen and help serve the folks who come in during that time for a meal. You can sign up for this role on the sign-up sheet!

Haywood Street in Photos

Kenny with some visiting students from Carroll University.

Christina and Lillian taking care of some compost and recycling!

Our Wednesday dessert station companions, Sherril and Kathy.

Thursday prep crew!

Weekly Ministry Opportunities:


Sundays at 11:00 and Wednesdays at 12:30 in the sanctuary

Tuesday Prayer Group:12:00 in the sanctuary. Gather for a time of communal prayer 


Thursday Card Making:10:00 am in the dining room. Gather together to make cards for our community and friends in prison or in the hospital. 

Grief Support Group: Tuesdays from 11 am-12 pm in the community room. We’ll strive towards healing together through relationship with each other.

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Weekly Sermon

You can read this week's sermon by Minister of Companion Care and Coordination, Katlyn, and previous sermons by visiting our website's Stories & Sermons page.

Community Resources

Click below to see a list of places in the community to donate and find clothes, and when recovery meetings are held.

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Fresco Viewing Hours:

Sundays 9-12 

Monday-Thursday 10-2

By appointment, contact April at


Searching for Spirituality

By Hank Fuseler

A long time ago someone I was asking for advice told me: “You need to get some spirituality.” She didn’t say anything about how to do that. I had no idea what it meant for me but the notion stuck in the back of my mind from then on. Many years later I found myself at Haywood Street for the first time. I hadn’t gained any spirituality that I was aware of and had some health issues all the way around, physically, mentally, and emotionally in addition to spiritually. Helping out at Welcome Table with some colleagues, I felt right away that I wanted to be a part of the community.  

At that time, I had read and heard more than once that the hardest part of living outside was being treated like an outsider, not being recognized as another person worthy of listening to or looking at. I made it to the next Companion orientation and this idea was addressed in the emphasis of relationship above all else. So I started showing up to be a server, making an effort to meet new people and share a meal with friends each week. I tried hard to be open and attentive to everyone, and to not seek attention or affirmation for myself. Connecting with people with all kinds of stories and the action of service helped me a lot. I had a sense that maybe I was acquiring some of that spirituality stuff through the practice of trying to see others for who they are.  

When I was offered the opportunity to write this, I was all about it. Another opportunity to help out. I started trying to think of a story about someone else to tell and realized that after working in the kitchen for a long time now I don’t get to share space very much with anyone other than the crew I cook with every week. And while I love the work and the camaraderie and banter of the kitchen, it’s not exactly the same as the experience of serving in the dining room.  

So I was trying to figure out what I wanted to say here when I came to Welcome Table this last Wednesday. I normally work on Sundays and Tuesdays and I hadn’t been around on Wednesday much for a while. When I got there I was greeted warmly by a bunch of people. I saw my friend Jeff and found out that he had gotten housing through the VA. He brought a couple of new friends with him who had also recently taken up residence at the VA. They were getting haircuts. I ate lunch with them. I saw my former kitchen cohorts Eva and Sofia visiting during their spring break and got to catch up with them. I just hung out.

As I drove home later, I realized how much I feel seen myself when I am at Haywood Street. For a long time I was focused on seeing others as spiritual beings, but I didn’t see myself that way. But other people do. I’ve been trying to find spirituality when it is already inside me. The advice wasn’t about doing the work to acquire something, it was about doing the work to figure out who I am.

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A witness to include the most excluded, Haywood Street not only welcomes every child of God–especially sisters and brothers of every mental illness and physical disability, addiction and diagnosis, living condition and employment status, gender identity and sexual orientation, class, color, and creed–but we celebrate your presence, certain that the kingdom of God is coming closer because you are here.