News and Updates

March 3, 2023

Grief Support Group

Grief can be provoked by any change, just as it can show up in any form. No feeling is too big or small to share and lessen the burden of carrying it alone.

Join us on Tuesdays from 11 am-12 pm in the community room 4 for a Grief Support Group. We’ll strive towards healing together through relationship with each other.

Reach out to Kylie at for any questions.

Easter Lambs and Hams!

Easter is around the corner, and we're making plans for the Easter meals. On the menu this year will be lamb and ham!

If you would like to make a monetary or physical donation for the meal, reach out to Lorili at

Buncombe County Public Health Mobile Team Returns March 8th

Rooms 3 & 4

Wednesday, March 8th

10-2 pm

Available Services:

  • Vaccines (COVID, flu, mpox, Tdap, Hep A&B)
  • Health Education
  • Resources & Referrals
  • Assistance with County Benefits (WIC, Food & Nutrition Services, Medicaid, etc.)

Companion Orientation March 6th

The next companion orientation is this Monday, March 6th at 5:00 pm in the sanctuary. Invite your friends and family!

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!

Haywood Street in Photos

Hickory, Brad, and Holly

Demetrius and Paul during blessings and testimonials

Wednesday morning circle up

Respite friends, Michelle and Patricia

Weekly Ministry Opportunities:


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

Tuesday Prayer Group:12:00 in the sanctuary. Gather for a time of communal prayer 


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

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Weekly Sermon

You can read this week's sermon, "In Good Company," by Pastor Seth, and previous sermons by visiting the Stories & Sermons page of our 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 9-12 

Monday-Thursday 10-2

By appointment, contact April at

A Word from Respite Intern, Kylie

By Kylie DeTemple

Maybe you’ve seen me eagerly smiling at you or asking to pet your dog or you’ve heard me laughing on the porch with friends but let me formally introduce myself. I’m Kylie, Respite’s social work intern. I hail from New York and have experience working in hospice, as well as the critical and intensive care units of a hospital. My story starts as most do at Haywood Street, as upon stepping foot on campus, I was instantly enchanted by the warmth of this special place. I knew my time here would fill my life with gratification, but I didn’t expect it to fill every crevice of my heart and soul. That gratitude shows up in big ways, like watching friends achieve goals, but also in small ways like sharing an afternoon drive, singing along to favorite songs, or dropping a friend off at school and having them turn around to shout “love you” the same way I would to my family. These moments bring so much light into my life that I find myself lingering past my shift, because home is where the heart is, and my heart is at Respite.

I’ve always trusted the path that I’ve been put on, but feeling confirmation that I’m exactly where I’m meant to be has been unworldly. Working alongside Respite’s staff and friends has been the privilege of a lifetime. I’ve never felt so part of a family, outside my own, like I do here. And that’s a lot coming from this thawed-out New Yorker heart! This is why I want to give back to the beautiful community that’s taken me in with the most welcoming, open arms. 

As with life, bright days are sometimes accompanied by dark days. To shine a light on those dark days, I’ll be hosting a grief support group in the community room every Tuesday from 11am-12pm. My goal is to hold space for the grievance of any person, event, or thing and to lighten the burden of carrying these emotions. Through our relationship with each other, we’ll strive towards collaborative healing together. I invite you all to join me on this journey, or to just show up and enjoy the presence of support. But if group settings are not your thing, I’m always available to chat. Just know each of you will always have a friend in me, and I’ll carry your friendship for life. 

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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.