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Michael
  This week, I am so grateful to share, in his own words, Michael’s story. Michael has recently become an inspiring member of the Haywood Street family. Yesterday, we received the good news that after nearly 27 years of incarceration, Michael will receive parole in November of 2019. I strongly encourage you to read Michael...
Andre
Andre looks so cozy. He’s in the living room, kicked back in a recliner. A knit blanket wraps under his toes and is pulled tight beneath his chin. There’s a horrible B-movie playing—a surefire induction method for a mid-day nap. I might have left Andre alone if he hadn’t been leaving a trail of great...
Michel
It’s been a long day and I’m headed home. I peek into the office of Steady Collective on my way out. Michel is counting the number of clean needles he has provided to users today. I don’t want to interrupt because the numbers are creeping over 1,000 and I’d hate for him to have to...
Nick
I can count on Nick for all the latest fashion finds from the Haywood Street clothing closet. Today, he is excited about this purple pullover and he’s telling me about all of his other recent finds. Nick is also excited about his new tennis racket and the boxing skills he is learning from his personal...
Emmanuel
Today, Emmanuel is all about the Parable of the Good Samaritan. I struggle to follow along, as I often do with Bible stories, but he is patient with me; breaking the story into its parts and its meanings and its parallels to our own lives. “Did you grow up in the Church?,” I ask him....
Rusty
It’s a rainy day and we’re all feeling grateful to take refuge within the walls of Haywood Street. Rusty has found a good spot in a rocking chair and is enjoying a hot cup of coffee as we all wait  for the first seating to begin. I think weather like this makes the stories come...
Robert
Psalm 118:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. The word of God for the people of God…Thanks be to God. If you are a United Methodist, you have probably heard this phrase in church nearly every week. It’s one I think about alot. Me being a person that...
Robbie’s ‘Riginals
Robert finds me as I’m headed to the garden. He wants to let me know that his Haywood Street bouquets have a new name, “Robbie’s ‘Riginals.” Every week, Robert pulls together the arrangements that grace the meal tables and the Sanctuary. They are always very ‘riginal and very beautiful. We thank yo...
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