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Watchmen of the Streets – Winston-Salem – Building Relationships on Hope & Love


Watchmen of the Streets, a homeless outreach ministry of Habit Missions formed in 2009, to support Heath Burchett, his wife Amanda and their missionary work in Belize, a Central American country. The ministry’s roots were literally found on the streets in Belize City where there was a large homeless population. Heath and Amanda felt a strong desire to help them.

In the fall of 2011, when Heath left Belize and returned home to the Charlotte area, he noticed large numbers of homeless people on the streets of Charlotte and began serving them – officially naming his group of volunteers Watchmen of the Streets.

Heath and Al Burchett began searching Forsyth County on a trip to Winston-Salem where Heath grew up to determine if there was a problem with homelessness. On their first day they discovered several large encampments, as well as a few smaller ones. In March 2017, Al took over the Winston-Salem Watchmen of the Streets. The ministry has grown rapidly, and currently, more than 20 volunteers serve the area, including Al’s wife, Bonnie.

“Our goal is to show our homeless friends there are people who care about them,” Al explains….

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