News and Updates

January 6, 2023

Next Companion Orientation is this Monday, January 9th

The next companion orientation is this Monday, January 9th at 5 pm. We'll meet in the sanctuary.

Be sure to invite your friends and family!

No Card Ministry January 12th

The card ministry will not be meeting this Thursday, January 12th. 

We will return to the normal time and location the following week--January 19th at 10 am in room 1. See you then!

New Harm Reduction and Healing Group

The intention behind the Harm Reduction and Healing group is to create a space for people at all different places in their healing journey, particularly around substance use and mental health, to come, share, be heard, and find connection without judgment.

This group is founded on the beliefs that 1) each one of us is the primary agent in our own healing and 2) collaboration will produce the most authentic group, where every individual's experience and needs are equally important! We will co-create our guidelines each time we meet and learn from our experiences together.

All are welcome, as long as you identify as a person with substance use and mental health challenges you want to work on, in your own way, but with the support of others! Every Tuesday from 1-2, beginning Jan. 3rd.

Employment Opportunities

We are looking to fill the following positions:

1. Licensed Behavioral Health Social Worker/Therapist – Haywood Street Respite

2. Recovery Peer – Haywood Street Respite

3. Community Engagement Coordinator

Applications can be submitted to Or, if you have questions, reach out to

To apply, visit our employment page HERE.

Downtown Welcome Table

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!
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Haywood Street in Photos

Wednesday at the Downtown Welcome Table

The salon this past Wednesday preparing to start some haircuts!

Respite tenants had fun making a gingerbread house over the holidays

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: Group - 10:00 am in Room 1 (off the main lobby) - Gather together to make cards for our community and friends in prison or in the hospital. 

Clothing Resources

Click below to see the list of places in the community to donate clothes and to find free clothes.

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Fresco Viewing Hours:

Sundays 9-12 

Monday-Thursday 10-2

By appointment, contact April at

Ways to Give

Your gift ensures that there is always enough, and room for everyone, at the many welcoming tables of Haywood Street. 


Sacred Encounters

Sacred Encounters in the Salon

By James Werning

When I began cutting hair at Haywood Street five years ago, I experienced a lot of joy in helping people look and feel better. But not everyone put a smile on my face.


“Trim my beard,” barked one of my first clients.


“You might try saying ‘Please,’” I thought. My stomach tightened. In my experience, men don’t touch other men’s faces. Nevertheless, I steeled my nerves and trimmed his beard. Then his next words completely jarred my world.


“The nose hairs.”


“What the … !?!” I couldn’t believe my ears! I had to ask, “You want me to trim your nose hairs?” With a grunt, he confirmed my suspicion. I was trapped. Then in a heartbeat, I had a plan. “Here,” I said, giving him the clippers. “You do it. I’ll hold the mirror.”


“No,” he commanded. “You do it.”


Son-of-a …!” a voice in my head screamed. “If you want to see me grovel, you have another thing coming!” I was ready for a fight. Sure, I could trim his nose hairs, but it was a dirty job and I simply refused to do it.


I was on the verge of sending this arrogant creep packing when in my mind, I imagined Jesus washing this man’s feet. In that instant, I broke. I knew what needed to be done. Without another word, I got down on my knees and bent his nose to one side. Holding back my emotions, I trimmed his nose hairs as best as I could. When I’d finished, I got to my feet and removed the apron. I brushed his neck and thanked him for coming.


In this act of surrender, I was completely broken. I had touched the untouchable on his terms, not mine. I had bridged a chasm with a compassionate touch. This gentleman walked away looking neater but he was still the same person. But not me. I was a new man.

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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.