News and Updates

October 27, 2023

All Saints Day Worship Services

This Sunday, October 29th, and Wednesday, November 1st, Haywood Street will hold special All Saints Day services to remember and honor all those we have lost in our community.

If you have a loved one who passed away this year and would like them to be recognized, contact Pastor Jody with their name and a photograph.

Card Making on Thursdays

The card-making ministry for friends who are incarcerated or in the hospital has been moved to Thursday mornings. All are welcome to join this time of fellowship with Brother John and Amy at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary.

Turkeys and Hams

It is wonderful to share the holiday around the table and we welcome all to join us at the holiday Downtown Welcome Table meals. Every year during our special holiday meals (especially Thanksgiving and Christmas) we serve more plates than any other Sunday or Wednesday. 

This year, we've seen an increase of 200 plates served on an average Sunday or Wednesday. We want to be ready for our community with abundant holiday food again this year, and that means we must be prepared for nearly 900+ plates of home-style turkey and ham dinners to be served on Wednesday and more than 850+ special breakfast on Sunday.

Being alone and hungry on the holidays only adds to the challenges the unhoused community faces, your donation will lift spirits with good food and companionship.

Please join us in making this holiday season friendly and warm for those struggling in poverty.

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Companion Orientation

The next companion orientation will be Monday, November 6th, at 5:00 p.m. Please invite any friends, family members, or colleagues that you think would be interested in getting involved at Haywood Street.

Respite Meal Train

Every night of the week, we're available to receive dinner for our friends staying in Respite. If you would like to sign up to deliver a meal, click the button below.

Contact Jenny with any questions.

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New Campus Open Hours

Since our beginning, Haywood Street has felt the call to be a refuge for those on the margins with nowhere else to go. Our campus open hours have been defined as "dawn to dusk" daily. With a recent increase in after-hours activity, this has become more challenging, prompting us to more specifically name open hours as Sunday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Outside of those hours, our campus will be closed unless folks are attending scheduled 12-step meetings inside the building or recovering in our medical respite community. 

We will continue offering a meal of abundant grace every Wednesday for lunch and Sunday for breakfast, where all are welcome, and the intention is to remind each person of their belovedness while breaking down barriers that commonly divide the haves from the have-nots.

The many activities that take place alongside these shared meals will also continue -- haircuts, sanctuary worship, acupuncture, resource navigation, mental health counseling, wound care, foot care, pet clinics, and more -- with gratitude to all the partners who join us on this journey.

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 below!
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Haywood Street in Photos

Some of the most transformative moments happen through vulnerability and transparency. One such experience occurred during Wednesday worship as we witnessed the testimony of a beloved friend and child of God.

Marking his 37 days of sobriety, Tim shared with us the transformation he has been experiencing as he moves from addiction and into the embrace of God and community. We're so proud of you, Tim!

The "choir" from worship on Wednesday!

The garden is almost ready for winter. Even though the flowers are past their prime and the breeze has a little bite, there seems to be a certain easiness to the fall air.

Weekly Ministry Opportunities:


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

Tuesday Haywood Street Holy Ground Keepers:

8:30 a.m. in the parking lot. Walk the grounds of the church campus and our local neighborhood, cleaning up along the way.

Tuesday Prayer Group: 12:30 p.m. in Room 6. Gather for a time of communal prayer.


Wednesday Art Ministry: 8:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Join us for a time of fellowship, prayer, and art-making.

Thursday Card Making: 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Gather together to make cards for our community and friends in prison or in the hospital. 

Weekly Sermons

Read each week's sermon and previous sermons on the sermons page of the website.

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 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

By appointment, contact April at


Reinterpreting Our Alarm System

Written by Lead Storyteller, Melanee Rizk

There’s a raw and naked peculiarity around Haywood Street that sometimes feels antagonizing. The tangible reality of our humanness laid bare under the worn blankets in the parking lot. Revealed in the faces sketched on the walls and painted in the fresco. It’s heard in the impassioned shouts that disguise people’s pleas for connection. To those unaccustomed to the harshness of life on the margins, the atmosphere, unpredictable and uncontrollable, provokes a survival response that feels uncomfortable and threatening.

It makes sense, though, that the body sounds the alarm when confronted with things that are unfamiliar and difficult to make sense of—like homelessness, mental illness, or addiction. These are some of humanity’s bleaker realities, realities that are often layered within lineages of trauma passed on through generations unable to find liberation.

Traced down to the genes that code us and make us, trauma has the potential to alter a person’s ability to make decisions, weigh consequences, or sustain healthy, lasting attachments with other people. Trauma can make someone incoherent, and the strangeness of that triggers our alarm system, warning that something feels wrong.

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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.