Companion is the word we use to describe volunteers. The invitation to be a companion at Haywood St. is a unique and transforming experience.  It requires a new way of “seeing” others.  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.


Getting involved at Haywood St. requires stepping out of your comfort zone. You will find homeless folks preparing and serving the meal.  You will discover folks in three piece suits or hospital scrubs coming only to eat.  This ministry turns the notion that the homeless are helpless and the housed are the saviors on its head.
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, and flexibility.  You’ll make new friends and experience a joy only authenticity can uncover.

If this video sparks your interest in becoming a Haywood St. Companion, please join us for an orientation session.

For more information about volunteering at Haywood Street please contact Katlyn, our Companion Coordinator, at or 828-575-2477, ext. 106.

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