News and Updates

January 13, 2023

Building Closed for MLK Day

This Monday, January 16th, the building will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Hours will return to normal on Tuesday, the 17th.

New Communications and Storytelling Team

The purpose of the Communications and Storytelling Team is to share Haywood Street’s story by using the different gifts present in the community including, but not limited to, photography, graphic design, writing, social media, videography, relationship building, and intentional presence.

This team will model Haywood Street’s core value of including the most excluded by being intentionally present with those who need a friendly, compassionate, and welcoming face. They will provide opportunities for friends to share their stories, written or recorded. Using pictures taken at Haywood Street, they will also show how relationships are built between those who have and those who have not. Because many of our friends and companions have skills in these areas, our hope is that by working together, we will be able to share how God is moving in this ministry in more far-reaching and compelling ways.

Tasks include:

  • Photography that highlights Haywood Street events, friends, and companions
  • Creating flyers, posters, and other signage to share news and updates
  • Writing/ recording compelling stories shared by friends and companions that convey the core value of relationship, above all else
  • Sharing your own stories
  • Assisting with social media posts to share what’s happening at Haywood Street
  • Hosting Welcome visits for new companions and persons interested in Haywood Street
  • Creating videos that effectively communicate Haywood Street’s theology and values

An interest meeting will be held on January 26th at 1:00 pm in Room 1. We will brainstorm and plan how to move forward and develop this team. If you are interested, want more information, or wish to attend, reach out to Lead Storyteller, Melanee Rizk at

Habitat for Humanity Work Day Next Thursday

The next Habitat for Humanity work day is next Thursday, January 19th. We'll meet in the Haywood Street parking lot at 7:45 am and carpool to the work site together. For more information, contact Pastor Seth at

Fresco Speaker Series Part 2: January 24th at 1:00 pm

The second part of our Fresco Speaker Series is on January 24th at 1:00 pm!

This time, Central UMC Pastor of Connection and Discipleship, Patrick Neitzey, and Fresco model, Jeanette King, will join us. Together they will discuss how the beatitudes are represented in the Fresco, and how this scripture can help inform our inner and outer life, and our seeking social justice.

For more information on this event, contact April at

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

Lunch on Wednesday was prepared by our friends at Strada. Thank you, Strada, for an excellent meal!

Our neighborhood "hug dealer," Maggie, showing off the new shirt a friend gave her last week! Maggie is at the Welcome Table every week with a sign that offers "free hugs."

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. 




By Linda McCracken

Many of us at Haywood have been the victims of stereotyping. There is no one story of why homelessness occurs. The stories are myriad. Lost jobs due to an economic downturn, broken relationships, physical injuries that affect the ability to lead a successful life well known before the injury or illness, mental illness untreated, use of a substance to dull the pain of early neglect or rejection, and even dependence for too long on the hope that an economic problem is temporary can all lead to losing everything material. Also, there is no one story of why some live a privileged life. For most, it is luck, where and to whom one was born, absence of injury or illness, and the advantage of support from community or family. Hard work is not necessarily the delineator between those with privilege and those without as many privileged people choose to believe.

I have known many hardworking people who find themselves unhoused because the work they do is compensated inadequately for them to save enough to get back into housing. I have also known privileged people who have gotten their positions because they knew the “right” people or their families knew them and it had nothing to do with how hard they worked in comparison to their less fortunate brothers and sisters. The point is that the difference between housed and not housed is a place to stay that is safe and clean, not a moral deficit or a moral superiority. We want to believe if we do the “right “ thing we’ll live a privileged life. Maybe . . .

Ironically, many of the privileged that attend Haywood know that material wealth does not add up to abundant life. Companions who have found themselves financially struggling have taught the privileged about our fear, about learning to trust God not material well-being, about generosity with one another,  and about the generosity of God’s economics that is not measured by what we want but by what we need. By the same token, the privileged have realized that abundant life is extremely difficult without some base of economic stability.

But at Haywood Street Congregation we strive to overlook all labels be they positive or negative and see the individual as God sees them, His child whom He wants to have abundant life.

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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.