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Overflow Shelter at First Baptist on Fifth

By Richard Cassidy in Love Out Loud: Homelessness almost 4 years ago | 3292 views Link:

Through Feb 28th, First Baptist Church, 501 W 5th St Winston Salem, NC 27101, hosts a cold weather shelter for our homeless population; it will be open every day during this time.  Please keep us in your prayers. 

We ask our community to be involved in these ways:

Food Volunteers: We need volunteers to provide a simple meal for 25 people

Examples of a meal:
  • Sandwiches, pasta salad and a cookie
  • Chili and bread with a cookie
  • Soup and bread with a cookie
  • Pasta salad, mixed fruit and a cookie

Please prepare these items at home and bring them ready to serve when you arrive at First Baptist on Fifth at Spruce Street entrance (Google Street View). Prepare your food on disposable large trays or bowls with serving utensils to distribute your food.  You can pull your car up to the door of the building to drop off the food at 8pm. Paper products (cups, plates, utensils and napkins) and beverages will be provided by Centenary UMC.

Sleeping arrangements: we need new or gently-used blankets that will be washed in between each use. Please donate blankets on-site at First Baptist on Fifth at Spruce Street entrance (Google Street View) AFTER 8:15pm.

Overnight volunteers: we need 3 people to stay at First Baptist from 8pm-7am.  These volunteers will “sleep in shifts” (with each person needing be awake as little as 3 hours from 9pm-6am). Please report to at First Baptist on Fifth at Spruce Street entrance (Google Street View) between 7:45 & 8pm.


Check-In at Bethesda Center for the Homeless will begin at 7pm. Guests will be transported to First Baptist Church and sleep from 930pm and wake up at 530am and will leave the gym by 630am.

It is a critical time for these brothers and sisters in our city, and this is a positive way for us all to respond and serve.  

Thank you for your help!

If you are willing to serve, please email or call 336-829-6562

“”uc">No one will be turned away from this shelter," says Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Executive Homeless Council.

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Richard Cassidy

Thank you Fox 8 for the coverage of WSNC’s Emergency Overflow Shelter 
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Pat Thomas

Hi Richard—-it was great working with you last Thursday @ OverflowShelter, hoping to serve with you again..:-) 

Chuck Spong

Pat, Thank you so much for serving!

Maria Swedeen

A shout out of appreciation to Bethlehem UMC team from Advance for providing and serving the meal last night. The 20 guests were treated with respect and love.

Praying that the council will have a productive meeting on Monday and seek God’s will regarding this initiative.

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