News and Updates

April 28, 2023

Companion Orientation Monday at 5:00

The next Companion Orientation is this Monday, May 1st 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!

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. 

Employment Opportunities

Haywood Street is hiring a Director of Music and a Campus Caretaker. Check out the employment page on the website for more information.

Respite Covenant Meal April 29th

Hosted inside Respite on Saturday, April 29th at 12:00 pm. This is open to past Respite friends and companions.

If you have any questions, reach out to Nicole at

Communications and Storytelling Team Meeting

The next CST meeting will be this Thursday, May 4th at 1:00 p.m. in room 3. If you have an interest in joining the team or want more information, reach out to Lead Storyteller, Melanee, at

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

Diane and her little cat, Zelda--a couple of familiar, friendly faces around Haywood Street!

We love our Community Paramedics! Along with tending to physical needs, they also show up as friends who care for the whole self of the person in front of them.

Pastor Seth reminded us that the table with the bread and cup isn't Haywood Street's table or the United Methodist's table, but is God's table. And God's table is open to everyone!

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


A word from our new Respite Clinician, Robert

I was born in Asheville, have lived here most of my life and currently reside in Leicester with my wife,

Ashleigh, and our four-month-old son, Theodore. I attended Asheville High School, UNC-Asheville, and

Western Carolina University where I received my Master’s Degree in Social Work. I am currently working

as an NC Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) for the Respite program. My role as an LCSW is to provide individual and group therapy to Friends staying in Respite, along with clinical consultation and support to staff and companions of the Welcome Table around issues of substance use and mental health more generally.

Although I’ve spent most of my life as what Thomas Merton called a “guilty bystander”, I remained more or less ignorant to the realities of homelessness and housing insecurity in our community until becoming involved with Amy Cantrell’s Zacchaeus House ministry in the summer of 2006. This experience led me to volunteer for Homeward Bound of WNC’s AHOPE Day Center in 2008. In 2010 I was offered a job at AHOPE and spent the next eleven years working for Homeward Bound, first a Certified Peer Support

Specialist and later as an LCSW once I had obtained my graduate degree in 2016.

While I love working as a social worker, I have found that many of the clinical roles available to this profession involve some degree of complicity with a “medical model” of treatment for addiction and mental illness which (while no doubt often individually helpful) ultimately attempts to reduce men and women into “issues” to be overcome in search of a more technically efficient society. I now believe that what originally drew me to this work was not so much “homelessness” as a social problem as it was encounter--the sense of authenticity (dare I say love) we find when we begin to depend on people and relationships more than scientific systems.

Having worked at AHOPE, I was already very familiar with the work of Haywood Street Congregation and had often come to share meals and community here. When I learned a position was opening that could put my clinical skills to use in an environment where individual people were prioritized over numbers and “outcomes” the choice was clear. As an adult convert to Christianity (with what I would call a broadly Anglican theology) I also felt a sense of calling here which might be better described as vocation than profession. I look forward to getting to know you all and am so grateful to be here!

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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.