Interested in getting involved? Come to one of our orientations! Orientation dates are listed to the right in the sidebar. If you would like, you can go ahead and fill out a Companion Application and bring it with you when you come.
At Haywood Street, we use the word companion to describe our volunteers.
The invitation to be a companion is a unique and transforming experience. It requires a new way of “seeing” those who gather here. The invitation begins and ends with the recognition that each person is a child of God – each with gifts and each with needs.
This is a not a ministry where “the haves” help “the have nots”. We are a ministry that acknowledges each of us as privileged and each of us as being in need. While some come with hunger from the body others come with a hunger in their souls.
As we stumble to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, we find his life and his teachings call us to accompany one another. Most of Jesus’ ministry was gathering with folks at table, sharing bread and story. Haywood Street strives to follow this model.
You will find homeless folks preparing and serving the meal. You will discover folks in 3 piece suits and hospital scrubs coming only to eat. It turns the notion that the homeless are helpless and the housed are the saviors on its head.
Getting involved at Haywood Street requires stepping out of your comfort zone.
If you are accustomed to only serving others, you’ll be invited to be served. If your gifts have been overlooked or dismissed, you’ll be put to work. It’s a joyful and often chaotic ministry. One that requires openness, vulnerability, flexibility, and last but not least, a good old sense of humor. You’ll make new friends and experience a joy only authenticity can uncover.
Ways to Volunteer and Get Involved — There are many ways to get involved at Haywood Street Congregation! Click for a list and see how you would like to help and offer your gifts and talents.
Contact Emily Bentley, Companion Coordinator, if you are interested in getting involved. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-575-2477 ext. 106. If you need to contact someone in a specific ministry area, click Ministry Points of Contact.
The first step is to come and join us on a Wed. and bring the best gift anyone has to offer: your presence.