News and Updates

October 7, 2022

Salon Now Open!

Wednesday we opened our salon and were able to offer cuts and washes. Thank you to the companions who helped make this possible!

Community Paramedics on Campus

Haywood Street congregation and the community Paramedics are in the beginning stages of a partnership, increasing the access to health care for friends in need of wound care and other physical health needs. They will be on campus most Wednesdays, sharing meals, and offering assistance. Keep checking back about more to come on this exciting partnership!

Host a Dinner for At Home with Miss Mary's Meatloaf

This special event supports the Downtown Welcome Table. We hope you will host a gathering of your friends to share stories around the table while enjoying the very special Miss Mary’s Meatloaf meal and watching a short movie produced for this occasion. Watch the teaser video here!

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Fresco Speaker Series

October 25th at 1:00 will be the kick off to a new series on the Fresco.  Digging deeper into the story and art of the Haywood Street Fresco will be local writer and historian, Amy Manikowski, and Fresco model, Robert Stafford. Snacks and drinks will be provided. We hope you can join us!

For more information, reach out to April at

Blankets for Respite

The Respite staff are asking for blankets as the colder weather approaches. If you would like to contribute, see their Amazon wish list.

Street Dog Here this Week!

There is a Street Dog Clinic this Sunday, Oct 9, at Haywood Street Congregation. This clinic is a free clinic for those that are homeless/significantly at risk (not a low income clinic). They will be here from 9am-12pm.

Flood Relief in Cruso, NC

Thursday, October 13

All are welcome as we serve alongside one another to aid ongoing flood relief efforts in Cruso, NC Thursday, October 13th. We will meet in the Haywood Street parking lot at 7:45am to carpool together to the site and will return to Haywood Street by 4pm. Lunch will be provided by Haywood Street (sandwich makings, chips, and waters), or feel free to bring your own. Bring tools if you have them!

 Please email Pastor Seth at if you plan on joining!

Habitat for Humanity

Here's a reminder that the next work day with Habitat for humanity is October 20th! Tools and supplies will be provided.

Companion Corner


  • Resources for Resilience Training- An in depth training on how to care for yourself with tools designed to reset the nervous system in the face of stressors and trauma. This is such an invaluable training that you will gain practical tools to use for yourself and others in your life! We have 40 spots free of charge! The training will be November 17 & 18. Read more in the attached document!

  • Companion Orientation November 7th. We will meet in the sanctuary at 5:00pm. Invite your friends or family to attend!

  • Companion Care Crew- The Companion Care Crew is made up of Companions at Haywood Street Congregation who have the time, energy, and a sense of call to support Haywood Street’s ministries and Companions. Our next meeting is Tuesday November 1st at 5:00pm in the main dining room. We will discuss ways to care for companions and improve our ministries for all involved! If you haven't been to a meeting yet or just want to check it out, feel free to join! 


  • Please make sure to check the sign up sheet each week and update it based on your availability or let Katlyn know if you will not be here. This lets us know if we will have the coverage we need each week.
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Haywood Street in Photos

Tiffany enjoying the garden before flowers rest for the winter

A successful opening day

Monday's companion orientation

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

Stories & Sermons

Previous stories and sermons can be found at the link below.

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Clothing Resources

Click below to see the list the 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. 


A Word from Robert

When asked to offer a reflective statement for the newsletter, Robert grumbled, saying, “I type about four words an hour, so you may have to wait awhile.” Fearing this wasn’t an exaggeration, I offered to sit down with him and be his hands on the keyboard as he shared a message with his community.

This is what Robert wishes to share with you:

“It has been very hard and sad for me to announce this, but I have had to move on from my role for health issues. I’m dealing with a lot of pain in my foot right now, so I’ve decided to step back and deal with that. I intend to continue to come and visit Haywood Street. This place has been a very big part of my life. It has changed my life, and it’s probably even saved my life. Haywood Street has been one of the most loving and caring communities I’ve ever been a part of. There are so many high points that I can’t name them all. That includes when I was a part of Respite years ago. I’ve met a lot of friends over the years and have gained a whole lot of chosen family from here. 

The greatest thing has probably been being involved with the youth–working in the gardens and doing different projects when they were here. Watching all these kids grow up and do right has been so heartwarming. It’s been fulfilling. I’m definitely not a role model, but I’ve changed a lot and grown over the years, so I’m glad I was able to teach these kids not to do the stupid shit that I did growing up in my younger years.”

Robert asked me to share this scripture passage from Psalm 133:1 at the end of his statement: “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.” This is the verse that comes to mind when he thinks of Haywood Street. 

“I’ve seen a lot of that down here–people living in unity together when they can’t be in unity anywhere else. It just breaks my heart to leave but I have to do what’s right for me right now. I’ll continue to come back for the meal and for worship when I can. It’s been a big part of my life and it always will be.” 

Statement recorded by Lead Storyteller, Melanee Rizk

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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.