News and Updates

August 11, 2023

Companion Orientation Monday at 5:00


The next companion orientation has been rescheduled for Monday, August 14th, at 5:00 pm. We'll meet in the sanctuary. Please invite your friends and family to join if they are interested in becoming a companion!

Open Position for Recovery Peer

Haywood Street Respite is looking to fill the position of Recovery Peer. The Recovery Peer is someone who has successfully managed their own recovery from substance use/mental health challenges and homelessness. The Recovery Peer is tasked to empower and support Friends on their recovery journey.

The ideal candidate will embrace all paths to recovery, including the Harm Reduction model. The Recovery Peer will often work independently but also collaborate with the whole Respite team.

For more information, go to our employment page HERE.

Singer/Songwriter, Virtuous at Haywood Street August 16th

Join us Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm as we welcome a performance by local artist, Virtuous!

Virtuous is a singer/songwriter/rapper born and raised in Salisbury, NC, and currently residing in Asheville, NC. The Mountain XPress describes her music in this way: “optimistic and danceable one minute, groovy and dripping with swag the next, and then roll you right into church before you realize you’re there.”

Her genre of music can be categorized as hip-hop/soul, although Virtuous Music incorporates many other styles and influences. Virtuous has released 6 projects and tours locally and nationally to spread a message of faith, hope, love, and identity to listeners of all ages and backgrounds. 

Learn more and check out her music HERE.

Story Circle Beginning Soon

Haywood Street is convinced that one of the things lacking in our society is the opportunity for connection with others. Knowing that transparency, proximity, and vulnerability is necessary for relationships to grow, Haywood Street has decided to partner with the local non-profit, SeekHealing, as we start up our Story Circle once more.

Having a complimentary mission to Haywood Street, SeekHealing is a grassroots “social health” project to facilitate experiences of meaningful human connection between neighbors." In this aspect, they will provide training opportunities for folks who are interested in facilitating the Story Circle at Haywood Street.

The next in-person training opportunity will be September 9-10 at SeekHealing's Asheville location. Sign up HERE, or reach out to Lead Storyteller, Melanee, at

Furthermore, if you'd like to support the start-up of this ministry in other ways, please contact our Director of Development, Lorili, at

Don't forget to Sign Up!

Haywood Holy Ground Keepers

Living into the call of stewardship, the Haywood Holy Ground Keepers gather once a week in an effort to tend to our relationship with the grounds of our campus and surrounding community. In humble awareness of the nuances of poverty, substance use, mental illness and of the inaccessibility of waste disposal for many, all are invited to participate in this weekly community cleanup as we seek to care for our campus and neighborhood with compassion and dignity.

To do so, beginning this week, we will meet in the Haywood Street parking lot on Tuesday mornings at 8:30 am and together will walk the grounds of the church campus and our local neighborhood — respectfully disposing of items that are no longer in use along the way and returning to campus by 10 am. Supplies to do so safely will be provided (e.g. bags, gloves, sharps containers, waste pickers), though you are welcome to bring your own and encouraged to wear closed-toed shoes if that is accessible to you. 

Please join us as we seek to embody our mission, “Relationship above all else,” by attending to our relationship with our corner of Creation and with all who step foot on it.

For more information, feel free to contact Pastor Seth at

Buncombe County Public Health Here Wednesday


The Public Health Mobile Team will be back at Haywood Street on Wednesday, August 16th, 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. 

Habitat for Humanity Workday RESCHEDULED

The Habitat for Humanity workday is being rescheduled for Thursday, August 24th. 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

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

Gina and Norma--two of our friends currently staying in Respite. Each of these ladies is beautiful and unique in their own way. We love you both!

Look at these tomatoes! They're looking so full. We're just waiting for the bright reds to appear.

One of our good friends, Hugh. Or more commonly known as the Quarter Guy!

Little Lillian meeting Coke, the new puppy around town, for the first time.

Weekly Ministry Opportunities:


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

Tuesday Prayer Group: 12:30 in Room 6. Gather for a time of communal prayer.


Wednesday Card Making: 8:30 am in the Sanctuary. 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


Deepening the Relationship

By Kim Treadaway

Haywood Street has been a part of my life for a long time in different capacities. I have never felt so aligned with a mission or supported by a group of people in my life. When I first started working here, I was the Hospitality Coordinator Monday-Friday. I ensured dinner was provided, did light cleaning, and spent quality time with our friends staying at Respite. After some months, I was offered a position in Haywood County, providing Harm Reduction Services. At the time, I felt that it was my “dream job” and even said so in a Haywood Street staff meeting.I stayed on at Respite as PRN

because I love this place, but I moved to work full-time elsewhere. What I craved was getting closer to working with people, more specifically around substance use. To really dive into that complexity with folks and empower people to keep themselves safe. When a part-time position at Steady Collective in Asheville opened up, I couldn’t say no. It was an opportunity to do the work that I love here in my own community. That led me to be able to get back to a regular schedule at Respite. It felt so good to be back more often! As I got back into the flow of Respite, but with new experience and new management, I got really excited about the ways that we could work with people around their substance use. I began having those conversations with friends when it felt helpful or relevant and imagining how we could solidify procedures around substance use and recovery.

On my own time, I also started a group, Healing through Harm Reduction. Next thing I knew, Respite got a grant that included funding for a Recovery Peer role. This is what I had been dreaming of! An opportunity to work with folks around their substance use in a way that respects their autonomy honors their process, and supports their goals. Working at Steady Collective gives me the opportunity to keep people safe, but working in this role at Respite gives me the opportunity to be an integral part of folks’ healing process. At Haywood Street, we honor the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and in this role, I get to support folks in seeing that in themselves too! I get to show folks that their mental health and substance use struggles don’t lessen their worth and that they are certainly not alone.

Really, I want to do more than keep people alive, I want to watch them thrive. The transformation I see so often at Respite makes my whole life experience that qualifies me for this role, worth it. At times it felt like a long dark road to get here, but now I am able to take the hardest moments of my life and use them as a light to illuminate the path for those seeking a positive change.  

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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.