News and Updates

December 1, 2023

Companion Orientation December 4th

The next Companion Orientation is at 5:00 on Monday, December 4th. Please invite any friends, family members, or colleagues that you think would be interested in getting involved at Haywood Street.

For any questions, contact Companion Coordinator Katlyn.

Tree Decorating Rescheduled for Sunday Morning

Christmas decorating has been rescheduled for this Sunday, December 3rd at 9:00 a.m.!

Join Pastor Jody to help decorate the tree and the sanctuary!

We'll meet in the sanctuary to get started. For any questions, reach out to Pastor Jody.

Street Dog Back December 10th

Street Dog Coalition will be on campus Sunday, December 10th, from 9-12, providing free veterinary care for pets of people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.


Services Offered:

Physical exams


parasite control

pet supplies

and more...


Precautions: Dogs should be on leashes and cats in carriers.

 Important Housing Update!

We are thrilled to share that we have closed on the final parcel of land for our first project! This parcel allows for key changes such as street-level parking and cost savings in structural work.

We are officially ready to break ground this winter! We can’t wait to continue sharing our journey of bringing much-needed housing and community to those who need it most.

If you are interested in contributing in some way to this project, check out our website.

Last Minute Gifts and More

A gift for others

Looking for a holiday gift idea? How about giving a bit of Haywood Street?

You can purchase a Haywood Street t-shirt and hat in our online store or come drop by and purchase one in person. You might want to get one for yourself too!

You can also give a contribution in honor of someone. The honoree will receive a card featuring the Haywood Street Fresco. It’s perfect for that hard to shop for person.


And a gift to yourself

You can also give a gift to yourself by way of tax-savings. Haywood Street accepts gifts of stock, which can help reduce Capital Gains. You may also be able to reduce the amount of taxes you pay be donating a portion of your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). Please ask your financial advisor how charitable giving can reduce your taxes, while supporting Haywood Street’s work and mission.

Learn more HERE!

Children's Christmas Service December 10th

Join us at 11:00 q.m. on December 11th, for our Children's Christmas Service! Children are invited to learn the songs in advance here, and are welcome to participate on Sunday!

Contact Pastor Jody will any questions.

Grant Received for the Downtown Welcome Table

Rick Guthy delivered a check representing a $25,000 grant from the Walnut Cove Membership Association to support the Downtown Welcome Table on Wednesday!

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!
Sign Up

Haywood Street in Photos

Pastor Jody, Elvia, and April before worship on Sunday.

Wendy trying out the new recliner Jinnia gave to her. Congratulations on moving into your new home, Wendy!

A couple of our dessert station companions during the Thanksgiving Feast.

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

Faces & Stories

Explicit Hope: Norma's story

Written by Lead Storyteller, Melanee Rizk

The first time I heard a piece of Norma’s story was a week after she moved into her apartment. We sat in the sun under a tall tree in the center of Homeward Bound’s new Compass Point Village. The newly renovated hotel strangely reminds me of Haywood Street in some ways—God’s beloved and too regularly overlooked, welcomed into a place where they are wanted and safe.

As we caught up before diving into her story, one of Norma’s neighbors shouted angrily at a young woman who looked to be impaired in some way, threatening her if she didn’t fix her dropping pants. The yelling went on for a couple of minutes until, when addressing the young woman by name, Norma calmly and affectionately called out, “Hey, Baby Girl. Go ‘head and pull up your pants.” Without fuss, the young woman respectfully complied, ending whatever scuffle was to ensue. 

Watching this interaction, I saw clearly how the woman sitting beside me, the one who emitted unpretentious wisdom and resolute sureness, is unrecognizable from the one I met a year ago. Back then, Norma could be found curled up under a blanket in the lobby, sleeping off a high, restless night. In those days, she was unpredictable and often difficult to talk to. Apparent in the curves of her mouth and in the shadows under her eyes was a heaviness and sorrow I now understand was the result of repressing decades’ worth of pain.

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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.