News and Updates

February 3, 2023

Companion Orientation this Monday

The next Companion Orientation is this Monday at 5:00. We'll meet in the Sanctuary. Please invite your friends and family to join if they are interested in becoming a companion!

Thank You!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you to Wes Lambert and the Coca-Cola Consolidated employees in Skyland and Bryson City who donated 150 pairs of socks to the Haywood Street Congregation community in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday.  

Point-In-Time Count at Haywood Street

Haywood Street was happy to host city staff and the Point-in-Time count volunteers this week in support of their effort to bring HUD funding to our community in support of housing solutions.  


You can read this weeks sermon from Pastor Brian, Criminalized Insanity, and other sermons on the Stories & Sermons page of our website.

Buncombe County Public Health at Haywood Street on Wednesday

Rooms 3 & 4

Wednesday, February 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.)

Downtown Welcome Table

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

Hazel has graciously agreed to be our new pianist for worship services. If you see her around, be sure to say hi!

Wednesday circle-up before lunch

We had a 4th-grade class from Asheville Catholic School visit us on Thursday. They helped with card making, folding napkins, and putting together bouquets. Thank you for visiting!

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 Room 1 (off the main lobby) - Gather together to make cards for our community and friends in prison or in the hospital. 

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Clothing Resources

Click below to see the list of places in the community to donate clothes and to find free clothes.

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Fresco Viewing Hours:

Sundays 9-12 

Monday-Thursday 10-2

By appointment, contact April at

Ways to Give

Your gift ensures that there is always enough, and room for everyone, at the many welcoming tables of Haywood Street. 



What is Harm Reduction?

by Kim Treadway

Harm Reduction - When many people think about harm reduction, they think only about passing out clean syringes, but it is much more than that. Yes, we make sure people who use drugs have access to life-saving supplies that prevent the spread of infectious diseases and overdose, but harm reduction encompasses way more than that. Harm reduction acknowledges that, for better or for worse, drug use is part of our world but chooses to minimize its harm rather than ignore it. It is complex and includes all types of care in the continuum from chaotic use to total abstinence. Non-judgemental and non-coercive services are essential in harm reduction to ensure that anyone who wants the services, will feel welcome to access them. 

Harm reduction does not ignore the real harm that can be associated with drug use, but it does see people who use

drugs as whole humans who are capable of making decisions and have complex identities that impact their vulnerability to drug-related harm. For this reason, we prioritize the voices of people who use drugs to create policies and programs that actually serve them. They are the primary agents of reducing harm in their own lives.

Perhaps most importantly, harm reduction establishes quality of life and well-being as the goal rather than total abstinence. When quality of life is prioritized, we see the shift in any person's desire to make decisions for their health and happiness. The new Healing Through Harm Reduction group is founded on these principles and aims to provide community, connection, support, and celebration to anyone who is working to reduce the harm in their lives and heal parts of themself at their own pace. 

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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.