News and Updates

February 17, 2023

Street Dog Coalition

Street Dog will be on campus next Sunday, February 26th, from 9:00-12:00. They will be offering vaccines, physical exams, pet supplies, and more.

Benevolent Spirits Update

Thank you to all who participated with the Benevolent Spirits campaign at year end. The total raised directly from 15 participating restaurants was $6,483.

What's truly remarkable is how the campaign and the Moran Foundation match inspired giving more broadly. Beginning with Giving Tuesday, when Katie Button shared her passion for Haywood Street Community Development's work to develop deeply affordable housing, and ending on January 15th when the matching gift challenge expired, we received a total of $635,783 in new gifts and pledges for HSCD's proposed new apartment community!

Learn more about the work here.

Little Library

Our little library in the garden is running low on books! If you have any books you'd like to share with the community, now is the perfect time to add them to the library.

Communications and Storytelling Team Meeting

The next Communications and Storytelling meeting will be on March 2nd at 1:00 in room 1. Reach out to Melanee at for any questions.

Ash Wednesday Service

Wednesday, February 22

We'll have a special service this Wednesday to recognize the beginning of the Lenten season. Join us at 12:30 in the sanctuary!

Weekly Sermon

You can read previous sermons by visiting the Stories & Sermons page of our website.

Are any Handy-persons Available?

Respite has some projects/repairs they're looking for help with. If you or someone you know is handy and willing to offer some time and skill, please reach out to Nicole at

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

Respite had the joy of celebrating Dave and Karen's wedding on Sunday!

The Leadership Asheville class visited Haywood Street on Wednesday to learn more about our ministries and how they contribute to the community.

Our Habitat for Humanity volunteers on Thursday helping to build affordable homes in West Asheville.

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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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

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

Dear Driver

by Nicole Margioles

I use rideshare services to travel to and from work as a Respite Hospitality Coordinator. My work is built on conversations and relationships and I often take that out into the world. So, I find myself educating my drivers on the work we do at Haywood Street and the response I am most often given is “Thank you for your service.” At this I grin and think, if they only knew.

You have to experience the essence of Haywood Street to understand that those of us within the community are honored and privileged. I lost my immediate family early in life and have been creating my own family for years, but did not know true loyalty, friendship and love until I found Haywood St. Congregation.

I was broken and on a healing journey and was given the opportunity through employment to encourage others to take those scary steps toward healing. I have been touched by late night coffee and pancake conversations around the kitchen table with folks emerging from addiction, homelessness and medical complications that caused severe pain. I cried tears of joy the night a friend told me he had not had a hug from a human in 10 years.

I have shared the excitement of watching a friend get his first apartment after panhandling daily just to get through the next 24. And was touched to see him allow his Respite roommate with him until he too got a new place. It is pure joy to hear the knock at our porch door and see a former resident stopping by with a smile to simply say “I am well and you are missed.”

There have been hard times in my first year of employment too. Times when I needed to sit close to a dying friend and his mother. Or hearing there was nothing more medically that could be done for a friend passing of Cancer. Seeing the return of a former resident in dire need of assistance because he has relapsed and lost touch with reality. These moments are the ones I am honored by. To simply sit in the chaos and stress of those hard times with someone is what was never done for me when I was fighting my own demons. 

So, to my rideshare drivers, while it may seem that my co-workers and I provide a service, trust me when I say we feel honored and privileged to be welcomed at Haywood.

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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.