Haywood Street Respite is a safe place for homeless adults 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 unhoused individuals who are too ill or frail to recover on the streets after surgery or acute illness.

Health Professionals Click Here for Referral Process

Bed Availability

as of 2/29/24

0 Female Beds Available

0 Male Bed Available


We welcomed our first Friend to Respite in January 2014 and since then have had the privilege to be in community with more than 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 streets/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 Elizabeth if you are able to help in this way (

Get a better idea of how companions are involved in Respite through this Storyshare video featuring Robert and Diane.

Feedback from Friends
"I feel a part of something. Emotionally and spiritually back on path."
"I never knew what unconditional love felt like until I stayed at the Respite."
"I would not have completed my cancer treatment if I wasn't at Respite."
"I never knew I would have to break my leg in order to find family."

learn more about getting involved

If you are a provider who would like to refer someone or have questions about friends staying at respite, please contact Elizabeth at

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