News and Updates

March 24, 2023

Garden Interest Meeting

Here's a reminder that this Sunday, March 26th at 12:30 is the garden interest meeting. We'll be meeting in the Hospitality Room downstairs. We hope you can join us!

Books Donated to Grief Group

After seeing the new grief group that has started up, Mary Waite reached out to donate her autobiography "As the Raven Cries," which covers her grief journey.

Thank you, Mary, for the donations and for your support of Haywood Street friends and staff!

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

Palm Sunday Service April 2nd

We hope you join us for our Palm Sunday service, on April 2nd at 11:00 am! Pastor Brian will be leading the conversational homily as we remember Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem and prepare for the events that follow.

Have a Firearm to Donate?

“They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation; they will train for war no more. Everyone will sit under their own vine and fig tree. No one shall make them afraid.”

Haywood Street is proud to be in partnership with RAWtools, Inc. & to be a part of their Disarming Network!

This partnership allows us to safely disarm unwanted firearms and have them forged into tools that are then put to use in our community gardens.

To learn more, or if you are ready to have a firearm disabled and donated to Haywood Street, please contact April at

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

Newly painted cabinets in the Respite kitchen.

Thank you to East Fork Pottery for the donation of plates for the Downtown Welcome Table!

Our impromptu choir leads us in the closing song on Wednesday.

We had a visit from supporting business, Ally Bank, On Wednesday. Thank you for joining us!

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 each week's sermon 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


Thoughts from a Gardener

By Alyssa Hamilton

A few months ago I started coming to the Haywood Street garden on Sunday mornings, weather permitting. I had been interested in volunteering in some way for a while, so this was the perfect opportunity for me to do something that I put off for far too long. Gardening is something I do for a living and, at risk of sounding like a fanatic, in many ways I live to garden. 

I was drawn in by a personal sense of responsibility to contribute to a community in need, but have found a body of people who have shown me and my efforts love and appreciation. As I pull weeds or put together a raised bed in the vegetable garden, I’m approached by many people with offerings: help carrying buckets of garden debris, glasses of iced sweet tea, or company and conversation. 

In my opinion, a garden should be a sanctuary in its own way; a peaceful refuge from the chaos of life. It is a multi-faceted and ever changing place where anyone is welcome, whether it be to harvest food, tend crops, pick bouquets, or to sit and enjoy the fragrance of flowers, the buzzing of bees, and the chirping of birds. It is a place where a person can enjoy solitude, or find comfort in congregation. I work with this vision in mind and an intention to nurture these characteristics of Haywood Street garden.

Personal contribution to the community does not have to be precise skills, large sums of money, or an extravagant gesture. It can come in small ways, and by choosing to be present.  It can be a couple of hours on a beautiful Sunday morning in the garden.  I look forward to my time spent there and to continuing to build a garden that so many others have poured their own labor of love into before me. I look forward to hearing the stories of the people around me. 

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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.