Festival of Shelters: 2015

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September 24, 2015


Festival of Shelters Logo September 28 – October 4 (AM):

Each night People of Goodwill will camp–downtown on First Presbyterian Church’s Campus–in solidarity with those without a home in Winston-Salem. In the mornings we will transition to Winston Square Park for an exciting and compassionate day of education, outreach, and hospitality.

Remembrance In Solidarity

Evening Events at Sukkot, 6:30 – 7:30 pm:


Opening Celebration



Interfaith Educational Discussion w/ Rabbi Mark-Strauss and Kel Billings, MTh, and Rev. Russ May.

Join us for an educational gathering with Rabbi Mark Strauss-Cohn of Temple Emmanuel as we learn about Sukkot, when Jewish communities use shelters/Sukkoths to remember how G-d cared and provided for the People as they wandered in the wilderness without home or food for forty years. Kel Billings will share on the role of Sukkot in the life of the church. Rev Russ May will discuss how the Festival of Shelters is a way to remember others displaced. Come as you are. This event is free and open to the public.




General hospitality


What Else Can We the Community Do? A Better Response:

An important Compassionate Community discussion on how we can work together (law enforcement, health professionals, outreach specialists, congregations) to help people on the streets get the help they need without resorting to criminalizing homelessness. This comes on the heels of HUD saying they will reward communities who decriminalize homelessness in their city, and the US DOJ’s recent legal opinion on homelessness. Come as you are. This event is free and open to the public.





Please note, we will continue to camp outside in solidarity with Winston-Salems unsheltered, Please keep us all in your good thoughts and prayers.

Night of Compassion: including cookout, music, and a community-wide campout starting around 5:30pm at Second St Parking lot next to First Presbyterian Church.

You are invited to a community event meant to convey our care for and solidarity with those who are still homeless in our city today. There will be a cookout, live music, guest speakers, and a community message board. Participate in a one-minute eye-to-eye exercise to see where the human connection has gone. We also hope you will spend the night downtown with us – bring your own tent or box, plus something to soften your bed!! Your entire family is invited to campout (minors must sleep in parent/guardian’s tent)!


Saturday Daytime

Day of Art?

Sukkot 2014

 You are invited to any aspect of our Festival Day:

  • 8:00a: Relocate to Winston Square Park
  • 8:30a: Morning prayer
  • 9:30a: Coffee and breakfast
  • 10:00a: Street Bible study
  • 11:00a-4:00p: Outreach and engagement: ROEM, prayer space, art, one-on-one outreach and education
  • 4:30-6:00p: Evening hospitality
  • 6:00-6:30p: Transitional activity/entertainment
  • 6:30-7:30p: Evening event
  • 7:30-8:00p: Evening singing, candle lighting, and the nightly send off (we light a candle for, and hold in prayer all those who will be on the streets)
  • Approx 8p: Sendoff prayer circle


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