News and Updates

May 5, 2023

Buncombe County Public Health - Next Wednesday


The Public Health Mobile Team will be back at Haywood Street on Wednesday, May 10th 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. 


Monday, May 8th at 5:00 pm in the Sanctuary.

On a regular basis Companions have the opportunity to join together to process the various experiences of being a Companion at Haywood Street, some of which bring up tough emotions and lingering questions. In addition to what we all experience at Haywood Street, we have lives that bring about various struggles that warrant processing.

In these group meetings, facilitators, Stephy Citron and Susanne Walker-Wilson, will utilize the Resources for Resilience training tools to guide us through our experiences at Haywood Street and beyond. Folks who took the Resilience Training back in November are encouraged to attend, but anyone can come regardless. Being able to connect with one another outside of the Holy Chaos and with the intention of sharing is invaluable. Please let Katlyn Know if you have any questions!

Dayhope on Thursday, May 18th

All are invited to this event to connect friends and service workers. Sponsored by Homeward Bound, Dayhope will be at Haywood Street on May 18th, from 11-2. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served!

Habitat for Humanity Work Day Thursday

The next Habitat for Humanity work is this Thursday, May 18th. We'll meet in the Haywood Street parking lot around 7:30 and carpool to the work site together.


If you have any questions, reach out to Pastor Seth at

Welcoming Bishop Ken Carter to Haywood Street

We are excited to be welcoming Bishop Ken Carter for a visit to Haywood Street next Wednesday, May 10th. He will be sharing a meal with us at the Downtown Welcome Table and joining us for worship. In his role as Bishop of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, he gives pastoral and administrative leadership to over 1000 congregations, fresh expressions of church, campus ministries, and outreach initiatives in an area that stretches across the 44 western counties of the state. 

"Bishop Carter’s great hope for the church is that she will rediscover an orthodox Christian faith that offers the radically inclusive grace of God to all people, and at the same time calls every follower of Jesus to inner holiness, missional compassion, justice rooted in the gospel and a hopeful story of transformation." To learn more about Bishop Carter's background and vision, visit the Western North Carolina UMC website. 

We invite you to introduce yourself to Bishop Carter during his visit, offering him the warm hospitality we hope that every person at Haywood Street experiences. 

Downtown Welcome Table

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

Hazel and Jim practicing together before the Wednesday worship service.

There's a new pup around Haywood Street! So, naturally, the staff had to teach him the ropes. It's a hard job, but someone has to do it!

The group from Thursday's Communications and Storytelling Team meeting!

Weekly Ministry Opportunities:


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

Tuesday Prayer Group:12:00 in Room 1. 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

Faces & Stories

Meet Wendy

If you’re the kind of person who prefers to go unnoticed, then you best stay clear of Wendy. She’ll have you in a metaphoric embrace and pronounce you as part of the family before you can say “hello!”

Wendy understands the profound need for connection that folks around Haywood Street have. And it’s clear now that her presence is a gift to this community that searches for something flowing so naturally from her.

Her knack for hospitality and kindness isn’t the usual “welcome, we’re glad you’re here,” kind of thing. It’s a genuine “I want to know you”—which is maybe a little scary if you do, indeed, prefer to go unnoticed. Nevertheless, if you’re curious enough to hang around, you’ll be quick to realize that she is glad you’re here.

Wendy describes her story to me and some friends as we sit on the Respite’s recently screened porch. “It’s a sad story with losses and mistakes but there’s hope in it because it led me here,” she says.

Wendy’s initial visit to Mission Hospital was a few months ago when she first met Pastor Brian and learned about Respite. “He was a glowing face in the middle of a bunch of zombies. I knew I needed to go talk to him and that’s when he told me about Respite. I wanted to go there so I asked the nurses to call. All they said was that they had a discharge place planned, but they wouldn’t tell me where I was going.”

It would be many months and a broken ankle later before Wendy would arrive at Respite, a journey she believes God unfolded for her.

After a fall that severely damaged her ankle, Wendy ended up back at the hospital having to have surgery. When the fall happened, she was at the Rescue Mission working as a core volunteer and putting in 50+ hours a week. It was no wonder her body buckled on her, saying “no” in the only way I imagine Wendy would have listened...

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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.