Haywood Christian Emergency Shelter
The Haywood Christian Emergency Shelter is one of several agencies New Covenant Church partners with in Haywood County.
The Haywood Christian Emergency Shelter is a nonprofit, Christian based seasonal shelter. Pastor Nick Honerkamp was instrumental in working with area churches of varying denominations, nonprofits, and charities to start the shelter in December of 2008. Agencies such as Mountain Projects, Circles of Poverty and DSS are among those who partner with the shelter to provide ways of helping the homeless back on their feet.
Haywood Christian Emergency Shelter is seasonal and is open from November through April 7pm-7am. Shelter guests are fed at The Open Door in Waynesville and at the Canton Community Kitchen and then transported by church volunteers to the facility for the night. The next morning church volunteers then transport them back to The Open Door for breakfast. Devotions are held nightly by church volunteers and the guests are shown the love of Christ and given the Gospel.
To enter into the emergency shelter, a guest must arrive at The Open Door in Waynesville by 6:30pm or at The Community Kitchen in Canton by 5pm. They will be fed, be processed in and given a drug test and/or a breathalyzer if needed. Guests are expected to live by the guidelines and requirements of the shelter in order to stay.
The mission of the Haywood Christian Emergency Shelter is to not only meet the physical needs, but the spiritual needs for those less fortunate in Haywood County. Not only are they provided a place to stay at night during the winter, but more importantly, they are given the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The 2012 Haywood Christian Emergency Shelter Board
Pastor Nick Honerkamp – New Covenant Church – President
Pastor Jimmy Huey – First Baptist Church of Lake Junaluska – Vice President
Pastor Debbie Kiefer – New Covenant Church – Secretary/Treasurer
Pastor Perry Hines – Executive Director of The Open Door
Pastor Perry Brindley – Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Pastor Wilson Strickhausen – First Methodist Church of Waynesville
Patsy Dowling – Executive Director of Mountain Projects
Beverly Brock – Executive Director of The Community Kitchen
If you would like to donate to the Haywood Christian Emergency Shelter, click on their website link www.haywoodchristianshelter.org