News and Updates

January 26, 2024

Join us Sunday, February 4th

As we grieve the end of the Sunday Downtown Welcome Table and worship, we also excitedly anticipate what's to come! We hope you'll join us at the table for the last breakfast on February 4th and stay for the worship service at 11:00.

This will be a special service as part of National Gun Survivors Week which is February 3 - 10. John Owens, a survivor of gun violence himself, will share his story during worship. We will also be accepting a firearm donation as part of our participation in the RawTools community. The weapon being disarmed will then be created into a shovel to be used for the upcoming blessing of the site on West Haywood St. where Haywood Street Community Development is building deeply affordable apartments. 

Companion Orientation, Monday February 5th

Companion Orientation will be on Monday, February 5th, in the Sanctuary. Please invite any friends, family members, or colleagues that you think would be interested in getting involved at Haywood Street!

On-going opportunities to participate at the Welcome Table:

  • Have a meal! - Join us on Sunday or Wednesday to enjoy a meal with our community!

  • Dining Room Clean Up - As always, clean up is one of the places that we need companion support. We promise to make it fun! On Sundays, we need companions from 10:00-12:00, and on Wednesdays from 12:00-2:00

  • Kitchen Clean-Up - On Sundays from 10:00-12:00 and Wednesdays from 12:00-2:00, we would love for a couple of companions to help us clean up the kitchen and help serve the folks who come in during that time for a meal. You can sign up for this role on the sign-up sheet below!
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Haywood Street in Photos

Emily and Doug sharing in the fellowship of the Downtown Welcome Table.

Thank you Daniel for sharing your story and your amazing talent during worship. 

Weekly Ministry Opportunities:


Sundays at 11:00 and Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. in the sanctuary

Tuesday Haywood Street Holy Ground Keepers:

8:30 a.m. in the parking lot. Walk the grounds of the church campus and our local neighborhood, cleaning up along the way.

Tuesday Prayer Group: 12:30 p.m. in Room 6. Gather for a time of communal prayer.


Wednesday Art Ministry: 8:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Join us for a time of fellowship, prayer, and art-making.

Thursday Card Making: 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Gather together to make cards for our community and friends in prison or in the hospital. 

Weekly Sermons

Read each week's sermon and previous sermons on the sermons page of the website.

Community Resources

Click below to see a list of places in the community to donate and find clothes, and when recovery meetings are held.

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Fresco Viewing Hours:

Sundays 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

By appointment, contact April at


Different and the Same

By Laura K.

With this month marking the ten year anniversary of Haywood Street Respite, many of us have spent time reflecting on this remarkable ministry. My own involvement began in 2012 when Brooks Ann McKinney, a tireless health care for the homeless advocate, introduced the idea. 

Brooks Ann observed the thriving ministry developing on our campus. She saw the empty space in the former Sunday School wing of our building and noticed that Asheville did not have a medical respite program despite the city’s high per capita homeless population. She challenged us to adopt this relatively new model of care that could interrupt the downward spiral that often begins when homelessness and poor health collide. 

We spent a year meeting with potential partners including Mission Hospital, Western NC Community Health Services (Minnie Jones), Pisgah Legal Services and a few others. We visited The Samaritan House in Charlotte, NC for inspiration and advice. Ultimately we saw this as an opportunity for even deeper connection with our community through living together, and we pledged to move forward. We pained all the rooms, purchased bedroom and more, and developed a full set of policies and procedures. 

On January 6th, 2014 we welcomed our first Friend into Respite. He had been hospitalized due to a stroke and was referred to us for recuperative care. We were so excited when he arrived. That first year we had 95 Friends stay with us, including Larry, the first person to celebrate a birthday in Respite. 

Last week Nicole reflected on some of the ways the program has evolved in recent years to support folks struggling with mental health and substance use challenges. Some things have changed and yet so much is the same. Folks share their fears and hopes with one another during late night conversations in the kitchen. Movie nights bring back memories of happy times with family. Birthdays are still a big deal in Respite as many of our Friends have not had a proper birthday celebration in a long time. 

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A witness to include the most excluded, Haywood Street not only welcomes every child of God–especially sisters and brothers of every mental illness and physical disability, addiction and diagnosis, living condition and employment status, gender identity and sexual orientation, class, color, and creed–but we celebrate your presence, certain that the kingdom of God is coming closer because you are here.