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The Artist in Everyone

The Artist in Everyone

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The Artist in Everyone by Hank F. From my early twenties through my early thirties, art was my jam.  I wanted to be an artist more than I had ever wanted to be or do anything else.  I was not…

Short Film

Short Film

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Wednesday Directed by Patrick Bresnan

The Presence of Jesus

The Presence of Jesus

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By Terry Beamer   “If you cannot find Christ in the beggar at the door, you will not find him in the chalice.” -Saint John Chrysostom, c. 347-409 Archbishop of Constantinople   There are many stories at Haywood Street Congregation….

Celebrating 10 Years

Celebrating 10 Years

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Wow!  10 Years of Respite care at Haywood Street Congregation.  1,388 people who—instead of having to recover from an acute medical need outside–were able to have a warm bed, smiling faces, good food, and support around their medical care.  I…

Explicit Hope: Norma’s story

Explicit Hope: Norma’s story

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The first time I heard a piece of Norma’s story was a week after she moved into her apartment. We sat in the sun under a tall tree in the center of Homeward Bound’s new Compass Point Village. The newly…

Empathy Through Proximity

Empathy Through Proximity

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Empathy Through Proximity by Lead Storyteller, Melanee R. In February 2017, while riding passenger in a small hatchback Fiat with a yellow plate, I crossed a checkpoint from Jerusalem and entered an unfamiliar town that became my home for several…

A Haywood Street Story

A Haywood Street Story

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A Haywood Street Story By Linda M. It was a very cold and windy March Wednesday morning when I made my way to Haywood Street to what had been known for many years as the Haywood United Methodist Church. The…

Reflection by Will B.

Reflection by Will B.

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Finding Gratitude and Grace by Will Busch Though my memories of Haywood Street are filled with countless memories and individuals, there are 4 individuals who, in particular, shaped me as a human in ways I cannot describe. Those 4 individuals…

A Gal Called Gina

A Gal Called Gina

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A Gal Called Gina by Gina Louise Rathbone Let me tell you a story ‘bout a gal toughly bread She was left in the woods, but the Respite kept her fed Not only with food, but with love, God, and…

A Gal Called Gina

A Gal Called Gina

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A Gal Called Gina by Gina Louise Rathbone Let me tell you a story ‘bout a gal toughly bread She was left in the woods, but the Respite kept her fed Not only with food, but with love, God, and…

“See You Later” – by Laura Bernhein

“See You Later” – by Laura Bernhein

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Dear Mississippi, You were one of the first people I met in my early days as a companion. Apple juice, oatmeal, pancakes, eggs, and bacon: one plate, two plates, and a little extra. You needed a lot to sustain your…

Meet Wendy

Meet Wendy

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If you’re the kind of person who prefers to go unnoticed, then you best stay clear of Wendy. She’ll have you in a metaphoric embrace and pronounce you as part of the family before you can say “hello!” Wendy understands…

Jaseynth’s Invitation

Jaseynth’s Invitation

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Jaseynth (Juh-SIN-ta) is one of the beautiful wayfarers to grace the cracked and busy pavement of Haywood Street’s campus. A transgender woman with a gentle presence, she is tall with soft, forgiving eyes. I met Jaseynth when she peaked into…

One Word

One Word

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  Tim: “Blessing” Full of wisdom, care, and a willingness to connect, Tim is a dear friend around Haywood Street. Most recently a resident in Haywood Street Respite, Tim has first hand experience with how Haywood Street can be a…

Faces & Stories: Meet Laura

Faces & Stories: Meet Laura

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This is Laura. Chances are you’ve seen Laura around town. Probably walking down Patton Avenue clad in a long skirt and an ear to ear smile on her face. She’s known for being “the woman who rides her bike to…

Faces & Stories – Meet Jason

Faces & Stories – Meet Jason

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Sometimes you meet someone and, at once, you’re reminded of how resilient people can be. That’s what I experienced when I met Jason for the first time. He was released from prison a few months ago after spending the last…

Community, Commitment, and a Little Ginger Beer — Meet Korah

Community, Commitment, and a Little Ginger Beer — Meet Korah

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Korah and I met during my first week at Haywood Street. A couple of staff who had the privilege of experiencing his gentle, kind, but cautious spirit, suggested I get to know him. I sat down with him in the…

Faces & Stories: Meet Cherokee

Faces & Stories: Meet Cherokee

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Timothy Wright was born January 16, 1965. We call him Cherokee because his grandma called him Cherokee because his daddy was full-blood and his mama was Cherokee-Scottish. I sat down with him on September 9, 2021 because we didn’t think…