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:

  • Operated four shelter sites for 121 continuous nights, December 1, 2016- March 31, 2017
  • 577 Volunteers gave 5,974 hours of time; providing transportation, hot meals and care at each Overflow Shelter site every night of the season
  • Board of Directors formed and began meeting in February
  • Opened the Community First Center in March. Currently open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 to 11am
  • Have seen over 400 unique individuals at the Community First Center, averaging 47 guest visits a day
  • Received City of Winston-Salem Breaking Barriers Fair Housing Award in April.
  • Received partial grant to hire a part-time Case Coordinator in August
  • Received a partial Community Grant to hire a full-time Program Coordinator from the Winston-Salem Foundation
  • Received IRS 501(c)3 determination in September 2017