HAYWOOD STREET RESPITE
Haywood Street Respite is a safe place for eight homeless adults at a time to rest, get three meals a day, and be helped in other ways to “get back on their feet” following discharge from the hospital. It is short-term care in a home-like setting for folks who are too ill or frail to recover on the streets after surgery or acute illness.
We welcomed our first Friend to Respite in January 2014 and since then have had the privilege to be in community with nearly 1,000 others. Friends who stay with us have fewer hospital readmissions, are more likely to attend follow-up clinic appointments, and most — 7 out of 10 — go somewhere other than the camping upon discharge.
As with all other Haywood Street ministries, relationships are a source of transformation, restoration and healing in the Respite.
Become a Respite Companion! The role of the Companion in Respite is simply to be present and helpful. This may include running errands, cleaning, playing games with Friends, or just visiting. Some other ways to get involved with Respite include:
- Meals – Provide an evening meal for our friends in Respite. We invite you to stay and eat and be in relationship with our community. Access the mealtrain calender here to sign up to bring dinner.
- Transportation – Transport friends to appointments, errands, or pick up from the hospital. Must have a valid driver’s license, a reliable vehicle, and appropriate insurance. Contact Michael if you are able to help in this way (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Overnight Host – Stay in Respite from 8 PM to 8 AM on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night. Must have specific skill set and have met required criteria.
For more information about Respite, please contact: Michael Platz, RN, Respite Program Manager, at email@example.com or 828-575-2477 ext. 102.