What We Do
For four years, we have organized and managed a multi-site Overflow Shelter for homeless individuals during the coldest months of the year. In March, 2017, City with Dwellings opened the Community First Center in downtown Winston-Salem. For sixth months, we have opened our doors to the homeless community on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. We offer community, support to homeless individuals navigating existing resources in the city as well as guidance in setting and working toward housing, health and employment goals.
City with Dwellings (CwD) works to end homelessness by creating therapeutic and transformative community with individuals facing chronic homelessness in Winston-Salem. By honoring the inherent dignity of each person, offering hospitality, and consistent relational support, we connect individuals with partner agencies providing housing first and supportive health and employment resources. Our innovative programming, assistance with goal setting, and the formation of positive relationships have proven to be an effective approach to achieving ongoing stability and success for those experiencing homelessness.
We began as an ecumenical collaborative in 2013, working to engage the faith community to end homelessness in Winston-Salem. For four years, we have organized and managed a multi-site Overflow Shelter for homeless individuals during the coldest months of the year. Our work has been supported primarily by faith communities, local organizations, schools, and a committed volunteer base. When the Overflow shelters close on March 31, the needs of those who are homeless continue. Through the grassroots efforts of Overflow Shelter volunteers, our work has evolved to help overflow shelter guests successfully access housing and other vital resources throughout the year at our Community First Center.
2017 has been an exciting year of growth for City with Dwellings: