News and Updates

June 16, 2023

Building Closed on Monday in recognition of Juneteenth

Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of the last slaves who were liberated two and half years after the signing of Freedom.

Now a federal holiday, this day is an opportunity to collectively remember, celebrate, and hope for a just and equitable future for all people!

Haywood Street will honor this holiday on Monday, June 19th, by giving staff the day off. The doors will open again on Tuesday morning!

Companion Training - Thursday, June 22nd

Mark your calendars for a companion training at 5:00 pm on Thursday, June 22nd in the main dining room.

This training will focus on Harm Reduction, what it is, and how it helps address the needs of the folks in our community.

In addition to a discussion focused on harm reduction, we will spend some time hearing from the Community Paramedics about what they do and how they are a part of our community as well.

Street Dog Coalition on Sunday, June 25th

Street Dog Coalition will be on campus next Sunday, June 25th from 9 am-12 pm, providing free veterinary care for pets of people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Services Offered: 

Physical exams


parasite control

pet supplies

and more...

Precautions: Dogs should be on leashes and cats in carriers.

New Logo for Haywood Street Community Development

After much time and thought, we're pleased to introduce you to Haywood Street Community Development's new logo! We're so grateful for the talent and thought that artist, Linsey Puckett, put into this project.

Read below to see how this logo was created:

Sparrows are highly selective in the locations they choose for their nests, resourceful in gathering materials, and remain strategic throughout the design and construction process.

In many cultures, they seen as a sign of creativity, self-worth and empowerment, inclusion, teamwork, and awakening or overcoming long-suffering.

Buncombe County Public Health on Campus Wednesday


The Public Health Mobile Team will be back at Haywood Street on Wednesday, June 21st, from 10 am-2 pm.


The vaccines included will be COVID, Flu, MPOX, Hep A & B, Tetanus, and Shingles. The team will also work with folks to connect them to other county resources and clinical services. 

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

Adrianne and Aaron met at Haywood Street and have since developed a mother-and-son-like relationship. The love and care they have for one another is unmistakable!

Next time you're at Haywood Street, take a few minutes to walk through the garden. You might just find that God's grace overwhelms you.

The Community Paramedics we have in our community always go above and beyond in their work! This week, Dave gave a brief Narcan training before the Welcome Table meals, helping us all be equipped to look out for our friends struggling with substance use.

Weekly Ministry Opportunities:


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

Tuesday Prayer Group: 12:00 in Room 6. Gather for a time of communal prayer.


Thursday Card Making:10:00 am in the dining room. Gather together to make cards for our community and friends in prison or in the hospital. 

Grief Support Group: Tuesdays from 11 am-12 pm in the community room. We’ll strive towards healing together through relationship with each other.

Weekly Sermons

Read each week's sermon and previous sermons on the stories and 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

Farewell Reflection

Forever Thankful

by Brittany Borras

I’ve been on a healing journey since before coming to Haywood Street. When talking to someone working at Haywood Street you get a deep sense of sincerity in their mission, and of their love for others. Genuine love that’s powerful and sometimes scary for those of us with protective walls that we’ve held up for years. My walls hid my true self and kept my world and my possibilities small. 

Haywood Street and each of its staff have loved and cared for me through little moments that they offer so abundantly. A smile, a hand on your shoulder, a complement, all of those things add up to helping and the healing of those who need it most. And it’s given freely at no cost, and most importantly it's no burden. 

Haywood Street gave me something I’d not had before and didn’t know where in the world I would ever find it. A safe place. A place where over time it's started feeling safer for me to open up, to share ideas, to be vulnerable, and to lean into the realness of who I am. I’ve learned it’s ok to cry in a meeting, good even, my ideas and thoughts are valued, I am important and welcomed to show up. 

I’ve stopped hiding as much, not just at Haywood Street, but in the world. I never thought I would be a therapist. I thought I couldn’t be of help to anyone, my work wouldn’t matter, I might make it worse, and I wasn’t worthy of helping in such a front and center way. All of these things, this place helped me begin to overcome. I began to believe in myself through the love of everyone at Haywood Street. It began to feel safer to expand my own possibilities and I don’t keep my world as small anymore. Now, it feels true to who I am to say I’m a therapist, I can do good work in this world. 

Haywood Street reached me, relationships above all else reached me, and for that I am forever thankful. 

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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.