News and Updates

March 1, 2024

Companion Orientation this Monday

The next Companion Orientation is this Monday, March 4th, at 5:00 pm. Make sure to invite your friends and family to join us!

HSCD Gift Match Opportunity!

The Wanda and James M. Moran, Jr. Foundation has presented Haywood Street Community Development with a $250,000 matching gift challenge ! Help us keep the momentum going and double the impact of your gift by donating HERE!

Support Our Community by joining the CoC

With nearly 100 voting members from diverse backgrounds present, the new Continuum of Care (CoC) Program had its first meeting last night to finalize the charter and policies.

It's essential that we have diversity and collaboration within Asheville's CoC. You're not too late to join as a voting member. If you are interested in participating, you can apply for membership here.

About the CoC

Family Style Meals will begin this Wednesday, March 6th

Remember that this Wednesday, March 6th, we will officially transition to family-style meals.

Below are some new roles to be filled:

  • Patio Attendants for Coffee Station
  • Reservation Attendants
  • Greeters at each door to the dining rooms

Contact interim Companion Coordinator Laura Brown if you have any questions or want to participate in one of these roles.

The dining rooms are ready for Wednesday!

Extended Dates at Saturday Warming Shelter

Saturday Sanctuary at First Presbyterian in downtown Asheville be open for the first two Saturdays in March--the 2nd and 9th.

Originally having planned to close for the season at the end of February, they can now extend the dates through March 9th.

Haywood Street in Photos

Construction on the new back porch in Respite continued this week. Soon, the window will be replaced with doors that open onto a balcony overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our hope and vision for this project is that our Respite family will have another comfortable place to retreat when the need for a break from Haywood Street's lively campus arises.

Frog took some time off from the dish room recently. A regular at Haywood Street since before there were regulars, Frog has had plenty of time to master the technique of washing silverware in the industrial-sized dishwasher. 

Sure, he might be a little rough around the edges when it comes to dish-room newcomers, but no one can deny his commitment and enthusiasm for the job!

"I better see my face on the wall for the 'Companion of the Year Award' when I get back," said Frog before leaving.

That award doesn't exist. But if it did, Frog's face surely would have made it there by now.

One of Haywood Street's core tenets is that everyone has a place in our family regardless of race, wealth, housing status, age, gender, or sexual orientation.

And not only is there a place for you, but our family isn't complete without you. Whether your presence is sharing a meal at the table with Brother James, singing in the sanctuary with Elvia, planting seeds in the garden with Susan, or arranging flowers in the hospitality room with ML, we have a place where you belong!

On-going opportunities to participate at the Welcome Table:

Have a meal! - Join us on Wednesdays from 10:00-12:30 to enjoy a meal with our community!

Dining Room Clean-Up On Wednesdays at 12 pm - As always, clean-up is one of the places where we need companion support. We promise to make it fun!

Kitchen Clean-Up - On 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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Weekly Ministry Opportunities:

Worship: Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. in the sanctuary

Tuesday Haywood Street Holy Ground Keepers: 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot. Walk the grounds of the church campus and our local neighborhood, cleaning up along the way.

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


Wednesday Art Ministry: 8:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Join us for a time of fellowship, prayer, and art-making.

Thursday Card Making: 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Gather together to make cards for our community and friends in prison or in the hospital. 

Weekly Sermons

Read the weekly sermons on our website here.

~Preaching Schedule~

March 6th:

Pastor Brian

March 13th:

Guest Speaker, Rev. Mary Brown (Pastor of Central UMC)

March 20th:

Pastor Jody

March 27th:

Pastor Brian

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:

Monday - Thursday, 10 am - 2 pm (with the exception of during our worship service, which is 12:30 pm every Wednesday).

Contact April if you would like to make an appointment to see the Fresco outside of those hours.


Welcome, Laurie Shea,

Haywood Street Community Development Director of Housing

My husband and I lived in Waynesville until July 2019, when we relocated to Texas for an employment contract I was working on. Needless to say, we were both thrilled when the contract concluded in 2023, and we could return to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. I told my husband and promised myself that my next job would bring me back to my roots, no matter how long it took. 

I only learned of Haywood Street Congregation when I heard about the Director of Housing position for Haywood Street Community Development. I knew it was the job I had been looking for, not just over the last couple of months but for years. I was absolutely thrilled and grateful when I received the job offer. 

My background has encompassed years of working with non-profit organizations, specifically housing for adults with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries, low-income housing, housing for homeless or near homeless individuals with HIV/AIDS, as well as oversight and execution for federal/state contracts and grants that centered around making energy saving improvements and housing modifications for low-income households and seniors to assist them to be able to age in place. 

My office is at the Sabbath House, but you will see me regularly on campus. You are also more than welcome to come by for a visit and catch a glimpse of the construction progress for the West Haywood Apartments.

Laurie Shea, Director of Housing

Haywood Street Community Development

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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.