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Barbara Bates Smith
This Wednesday, a diverse group of folks came together for a very special Story Circle. In light of recent life events, Story Circle founder and facilitator, Barbara Bates Smith, has decided to make the big move to Washington DC — to be with her son and set sail on some new adventures. Terry Beamer led...
Fish
He says I can call him “Fish.” Says, “I didn’t even know this garden was here. I would take these vegetables home, but the thing is Haywood is ho...
Derrick Baker
Derrick wants to talk about the offering. It’s been on his mind. He tells me about his old Friday night routine; how he would take long walks downtown, collecting other’s lost pennies along the way. Come Sunday, whatever he had collected, he’d offer it to the collection. “It felt so good to give, I eventually changed the...
Cynthia
Cynthia came and went from Haywood Street Respite a few weeks ago. While living on the streets, someone stole her purse. Inside her purse was her insulin and so for 7 days she went without it until she became so ill that medical intervention became necessary. After acute care was provided, Cynthia came to rest...
Angel
The only problem with joining in on the Welcome Table meals is that my heart and belly end up so full that the desire to nap becomes a bit overwhelming. In an effort to shake another lunchtime stupor, I’ve come outside for a walk around the gardens. It’s a beautiful end-of-April day and our friend,...
Sunny
Meet Sunny. He says, “My real name is Floyd, but only the cops call me that.” Sunny tells me about his Baptism. The first one, that is. “Took me down to the mule pool,” he says. “Yep, dunked me three times. None of this one time business they’re up to now.” Sunny has stories for days. Thanks...
Tim
I find Tim on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, watering the Haywood Street garden. He asks if I want to help care for what’s growing and I tell him that is a very bad idea. “Well, that’s alright. Maybe you can just put something in the ground and then we’ll take care of it.” Much better idea....
Nicki and Zech
Nicki is a faithful companion at Haywood Street. I’ve only ever seen her shine light on others, so I’m taken by surprise when she steps into the spotlight at the beginning of service. She has asked Pastor Mark if she can share some memories of her son, Zech. Today is the five year anniversary of his passing....
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