“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.”