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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