Homeless Shelters in Winston-Salem, NC

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Winston Salem Rescue Mission
Image Credit: www.wsrescue.org

Like many mostly fair-weather cities, Winston-Salem does have a homeless population, for which the City is working to find solutions. In 2006, the city developed a “Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness,” and has encouraged collaboration among local organizations focused on this work. At a recent press conference, Mayor Allen Joines announced that the City has been particularly successful with one aspect of the 10-year plan, that of the end to long-term veteran homelessness, thanks to a “rapid rehousing” program developed for homeless veterans.

While we have made some progress, there is still a long way to go, as a 2015 survey of the homeless in our city counted more than 1,700 individuals living on the streets of and in shelters in Winston-Salem. The following organizations work to meet immediate needs for temporary housing. In our Helping Hands series, we will provide more information on organizations who are focusing on the root causes of homelessness.

Emergency & Transitional Homeless Shelters in Winston-Salem

Aids Care Services

Alpha Acres

A program of Winston-Salem Rescue Mission, Alpha Acres is a faith-based, low-cost, 12-month residential drug and alcohol recovery program for men whose lives have “hit rock bottom,” consisting of academic instruction for GED completion, Bible study, work-study and recreation.

Anthony’s Plot Community

A faith-based community outreach to the homeless in the Sunnyside neighborhood

The Bethesda Center

The largest homeless shelter in Winston-Salem, providing accommodations for both men and women and case management to help residents find permanent housing.

City with Dwellings

A collaboration of churches (Augsburg Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, St. Timothy’s Church, and New Story Church) and organizations that provide overflow shelters and emergency services during the winter months.

The Commons

A newly opened campus five minutes east of downtown Winston-Salem that provides housing, assistance in achieving access to services, job training, financial counseling, life skills, and transportation. Supported by the State Employees Credit Union.

Family Services

Shelter and 24-hour, 7-days/week assistance for battered women and children

Salvation Army Center of Hope Shelter for Women & Children

Emergency shelter hosting 25 beds for women and children, the Salvation Army Center of Hope Shelter also provides hot meals and case management with assistance finding permanent housing for residents and when appropriate, provides referrals to other agencies for counseling for domestic violence, mental illness, physical illness and agencies that assist with family skills, job training, unemployment and other underlying causes of homelessness. 24-hour, 7-days/week assistance. Free Community Breakfast daily.

Food Pantry

Samaritan Ministries

The Samaritan Inn has recently moved into a new facility, increasing their ability to provide meals and shelter for displaced men in our community. Samaritan Ministries provides overnight shelter for up to 90 days. Samaritan Ministries also hosts a soup kitchen for the needy.


  • Check-in: 7-8pm / Check-out: 7:30am
  • 414 E. Northwest Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC
  • (336) 748-1962 (8:30am-5pm)
  • www.SamaritanForsyth.org

Winston-Salem Rescue Mission

A faith-based organization meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of men offering a 93+ bed shelter, 90-day recovery program, food pantry, clothing, medical and dental clinic and counseling services. See hours for food pantry and clothes closet below.

  • 717 Oak Street, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Help Center: (336) 723-1848
  • Check-in 8am-4:30pm
  • www.WSrescue.org

Emergency & Transitional Homeless Shelters in Kernersville

Family Promise – Kernersville

A referral-based shelter for families. Must meet admission criteria. Please call ahead for eligibility requirements.

  • (336) 245-1807

Next Step Ministries – Kernersville

Shelter and assistance for battered women and children. Assistance 24-hours/day, 7 days/week.

  • 955 NC-66, Kernersville, NC
  • (336) 413-3156 / (336) 413-5858
  • NextStepdv.org

What has been your experience with these Homeless Shelters in Winston-Salem, NC?

About The Author:

Kristi was born and raised just up the road in Mount Airy (a.k.a. Mayberry) and frequented Winston-Salem often growing up for school field trips, shopping, and dining. After attending Appalachian State University, and a brief stint living in Southern Virginia, Kristi returned to Winston-Salem, NC in 1999 and began her work in non-profit, public relations and writing. She and her family enjoy the convenience of living near downtown Winston-Salem. She enjoys the arts, photography and cooking. "I'm a small town girl at heart, but Winston-Salem isn't an overwhelming city. It is rich with friendly people, history, culture and has a vibrant art community and that is why I am proud to call this "My Winston-Salem!"

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Sonya Allen
October 2, 2017 7:29 pm

I live at the SECU the commons. I moved here from a homeless shelter. I own a home that my children and I can’t live in because of the City Of Winston Salem’s water main busted washing away the footing to our home. That made our home unstable. SECU gave me Hope in the beginning of having a Stable home for my children. There was good things to come with being able to attend classes with Forsyth Tech. woodwork and mechanic, doctors office, having access to computer lab, conference room, restaurant, and supportive landlord who is no longer at the property. Issues started with Lakisha Jordan who is Director of the Workforce Development Program Goodwill Industry. I was excited to be a part of this community so I put together with the Commons a Christmas Wonders. Lakisha Jordan, sabotaged that event. I made a complaint there was a meeting held in that meeting Lakisha belittled me stating that being a Volunteer was not a job and I had no job. I am a business owner to New Beginnings By Revalation due to my home not beginning stabled my business has suffered as well. I pay taxes faithfully on my property.
Since the landlord management person has change. A sign was put up no soliciting. Every week I have came home to letters on my door stating how much money I owe on rent no envelope closed my visitors have told me how much my rent is because they read it on my front door. Now I am dealing with RECERTIFICATION Notices repeatedly being tape on my front door. MANDATORY that I comply when I pay rent. Not an invite to renew my lease. Threating Termination of my lease. A Headache. I felt like I have been lured in to a place where its staff member Kaisha M Carter very forceful not inviting not welcoming and not truthful with relaying information in an understandable ability and Affiliates Work Force Director has the same characteristics Lakisha Jordan whom I have witnessed many time residents and myself needing to use computer lab, needing transportation, or seeking to use the conference room be told NO. Using the Work Force Program being the only way to gain access to the amities on the property.meaning sign a contract with her program. A lot of residents have complained to one another about Lakisha Jordan telling other residents about there situations violating Privacy. Lakisha Jordan will pass information without receiving resident consent and contact a loop of supporters to back her to intimidate and bully who ever stands up against her wrong doing. The Winston Salem Foundation keeps granting Lakisha a salary in the amounts of $40,000.00, $35,000.00, and in May 2017 The Director of Work force Development was granted $50,000.00. This Community is now NOT helping at Risk population. It is catering to those that use having a salary to abuse and bully other. If I was ever considered to have a Granted Salary to have a POSITIVE impact POSITIVITY would be the result. Residence at SECU the Commons are living in fear instead of the HOPE that it represented in the Beginning. Residence, are reaching to other support that might not be in the best interest of their future Stability but they do it when they find that they have their back against the wall. Trust and Hope have been shown before my eyes that a rotten attitude from a Leader excuse me Director can destroy a Community of Hope, Stability, Good Health and working with Residents to sustain an accomplished Community. Until POSITIVE RELATIONS are restored I feel that this Community will only be joining others that have failed so many. I see the review from Mary. I have no clue who she is that gave a five star review. Since August the best thing the Commons had left and that was a Wonderful landlord Ms. Staley. We also have missed our Director for the Good of us Mr. Brain Hahne. My family is grateful to have had the moment of opportunity with your presents. I pray for this Community. Nervous on to how long my children will have a roof over their head but I do KNOW GOD WILL PROVIDE!!!! After making this comment on October 2, 2017 I was served with a Summary Ejectment by Sheriff Plaintiff The Commons of Forsyth County Kaisha McDermott Carter my court date is October 6,2017. Just Amazing and listed with Homeless Shelters. Help making families Homeless Take them in with a ONE Year Plan to Make HOMELESS Again. There is no TEN YEAR Plan.

S. Moore
October 9, 2018 4:24 pm
Reply to  Sonya Allen

Ms. Allen,
First let me say that I am sorry for the mistreatment you receive from govt. agencies that do not believe in upholding their own policy and rules. Unfortunately we live in a system that make rules that their able to break and not adhere to when its convenient for them to do so. And that is exactly what I challenge when I see this type of behavior. Although there is a limit as to what I can do, I still enjoy bringing it to these position holders attention. Just questioning the system, let’s them know that there are some of us out here who don’t “go along to get along”. Protesting is and being in the front line is not always the best approach. That is why I’m a behind the scene type advocate more or less. Filing an official complaint is where you need to start when an employee of these type services is not adhering to policy. Knowing you rights is a good starting point. There are some cities that do not allow a landlord to put you out of residence without first terminating a lease. That means, that if none of the terms of the lease were broken then there is no probable cause for eviction if you were facing homelessness. With that being said, no landlord can physically place you out and put you and your children in a state of homelessness when they offer services and/or programs to aid with preventing it. I know this all sounds legal. But it’s your right. That’s exactly my position and where I stand. I believe these type services set guidelines but no one is implementing them in making sure that they are being followed. That’s where I come in. As a advocate, I look at the service providers to make sure they do their part. In your situation I can only comment on what i believe happened. And it sounds as if someone in position is abusing their position. We may be a long way away as to why and it would be something hard to prove. But it certainly happens and I’m seeing more people, especially legal citizens of this country being the victims than the recipients of these awarded services.