News and Updates

December 9, 2022

Street Dog Coalition December 11th

This Sunday, December 11th, Street Dog Coalition will be on campus to offer vet services to folks at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

UPDATE: Haywood Street Community Development

Much gratitude to Katie Button and The Corner Kitchen for hosting a fundraiser this week in support of our effort to develop deeply affordable housing designed with dignity and built for belonging.

A very generous donor presented a challenge gift at the event, offering to match dollar for dollar gifts to Haywood Street Community Development, up to $250,000 before January 15th!

Please consider an additional gift directed towards Haywood St. housing as you plan your year-end giving or to launch your charitable giving in the New Year. Thank you!

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See what Haywood Street merchandise we have for sale in room 8 at 297 Haywood Street or check it out on our website HERE.

All proceeds, beyond production expenses, go to supporting the Haywood Street ministries and programs.

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All donations made to Haywood Street are tax deductible! You can even make a contribution in honor of or in memory of someone as a gift.

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Job Opening!

We are still looking to fill the Campus Caretaker position. This is a part-time, hourly position of 30 hours/week. See the full job description HERE.

Vaccine Clinic this Wednesday, December 14th

Buncombe County Health and Human Services will be back this Wednesday holding a FREE vaccine clinic in rooms 3 & 4 from 10 am until 2 pm.

Vaccines include Covid 19, Flu, Monkeypox, and Hep A. This clinic open to everyone!

Companion Corner


  • Mark your calendars for December 19thThis will be an extra kitchen prep day to get ready for our holiday meal!

  • Companion Orientation January 9th. We will meet in the sanctuary at 5:00pm. Invite your friends or family to attend!

  • Companion Care Crew- The Companion Care Crew is made up of Companions at Haywood Street Congregation who have the time, energy, and a sense of call to support Haywood Street’s ministries and Companions. If you'd like to join, let Katlyn know & look out for our next meeting time! 


  • Please make sure to check the sign up sheet each week and update it based on your availability or let Katlyn know if you will not be here. This lets us know if we will have the coverage we need each week.
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Haywood Street in Photos

Wednesday Service

Some of our companions prepping for the Welcome Table!

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 - 10:00am in Room 1 (off the main lobby) - Gather together to make cards for our community and friends in prison or in the hospital. 

Clothing Resources

Click below to see the list the 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. 


Sacred Encounters

From left to right: Pastor Brian, Pastor Seth, Wayne, Jimmy, James, and Steve

Recognizing Jimmy Hall and His Service to Haywood Street

by Steve Noblitt

Early on at Haywood Street when we were just getting started we had to figure out what safety and security mean when you are extending radical welcome to all comers. Things were happening in broad daylight that made our small staff and companions very uncomfortable. There was always the sweet smell of marijuana in the air, there were disagreements and fights over meager belongings, there was profanity flying, there was trash everywhere, etc, etc. Brian

Combs, our young pastor, who had a clearer theology about it all than the rest of us, kept pushing for more free grace and hospitality. Others pushed for more locks and security lights. We tried hiring police officers to help us maintain safety and civility. Police officers are trained to do certain things when they see certain things happening. A lot of those things happen on our campus. It didn’t work.

Jimmy Hall, a career Buncombe County Sheriff’s Deputy, took the gig as Downtown Welcome Table’s Security on Wednesdays, in 2008, and despite a lifetime of training and instincts to draw a gun or call something in, he began to “get it”. Jimmy built relationships with people that he knew from jail, but who he had not known as friends. Over time Jimmy, in his soft spoken non-threatening manner, became part of the rich fabric which is Haywood Street.

He used his de-escalation training, his common sense, and his understanding of what we were trying to accomplish at Haywood Street to stop behaviors that were not acceptable on campus and at the same time remind people that we were glad they were there. His experience and support helped us develop our “Mercy League” approach at Haywood Street. (Jimmy and our Mercy League get to know people by their names when things are going well so that when things are not going so well, we have a relationship with them and can help them without things getting out of hand.) Jimmy’s contributions to Haywood Street are huge and we are grateful to him!

Jimmy will be stepping down from his Haywood Street gig at the end of 2022. WE will be recognizing Jimmy and sharing our love, appreciation, and blessings with him on December 14 in our Worship Service. We hope many of you who have known Jimmy through the years at Haywood Street will take that opportunity to thank him for his service and contributions to Haywood Street Congregation.

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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.