Haywood Street Respite

A safe place for unhoused adults to rest, get three meals a day, and be helped in other ways to “get back on their feet” following hospital discharge. It is short-term care in a home-like setting for those who are too ill or frail to recover on the streets after surgery or acute illness.

Respite Referral Process

Like all other Haywood Street ministries, relationships are a source of transformation, restoration, and healing in the Respite.

Since welcoming our first Friend to Respite in January 2014, we 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.

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 at Elizabeth@haywoodstreet.org if you are able to help in this way.