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The Foundry House

The Foundry House, an intentional Christian community at Crossnore School & Children’s Home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, offers young adults from varying backgrounds and life experiences the opportunity to create a residential community that exemplifies the love of Jesus Christ; is held together through intentional practices of corporate prayer, fellowship, and relational care; and advances kingdom work of justice, reconciliation, and compassion through shared service projects.  

The residents are a mix of graduate students, young professionals, and recent alumni of the Crossnore program transitioning out of foster care. Together, they will learn about intercultural community both in the classroom (at Wake Forest Divinity) and in the day-to-day of living together. Housed in a renovated building on the Crossnore campus, The Foundry gives residents resources around trauma-informed care as well as opportunities to engage in service on The Farm at Crossnore, service that is informed by the campus’ proximity to and partnership with the historic Boston-Thurmond neighborhood, one of Winston-Salem’s many food insecure communities.

The Foundry House is a place of hope and healing, a home for hospitality and service, a space that is trauma-informed and honors diversity of background and belief—a picture of the preferred future, not just for its residents, but for all of us. The Foundry represents a new model of community living, one where young adults who have interacted with the foster care system find an opportunity for transitional housing of a very different sort alongside peers rather than in institutions, where students and young professionals engage in cross-cultural learning with them through the daily rhythms of shared life, and where learning happens not for the purpose of self-aggrandizement but for the purpose of demonstrating and teaching about this form of Christian community.

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A foundry is a workshop for casting metal, and the name The Foundry—a reference to John Wesley’s Foundry Church, the center of Methodism in 18th-century London—brings up the image of metal being poured into a cast and given its shape. The mold that is The Foundry is shaped by a desire to reconnect with God, with ourselves, with one another, and with creation.

For more info, please contact Sarah Howell-Miller.