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Liz Button Full Plate Fund
The Liz Button Full Plate Fund will help ensure that there is always enough at the Downtown Welcome Table, and a seat at the table for everyone.   It honors the passion, energy and creativity of Liz Button, founder and organizer of Chefs @ Downtown Welcome Table. This creative partnership  harnesses the rich talent within Asheville’s restaurant industry...
Eric
Eric [part of the Haywood Street Marks & Memoire series]   “You got your questions ready?”, he asks. “Nope,” I reply. “You got your story ready?”, I ask. “Of course,” he says. This is the way most of my and Eric’s conversations start. Abruptly. We learned early on that neither of us do well with BS,...
Octavius
When I finally meet Octavius, it’s at the Welcome Table. He’s disgusted by my preference to have all foods touch. So naturally, I have to play it up. I stab a bite of pork chop, salad and dessert all at once and airplane it to my own mouth. “Mmmmmm. That’s what I’m talking about.” Meanwhile,...
Eli
In 2015, Eli was at the height of his career in commercial flooring. He was living in a 3,800 square foot home on three acres and was on track to bring in upwards of 300k. By the following year, he found himself bound up with the law, in violation of a probation order and facing...
Kristi
Kristi [part of the Haywood Street Marks & Memoire series]   Kristi is a storyteller’s dream. In 24 minutes and 53 seconds, we cover everything from her Irish-Cherokee heritage, to moments in her retail portraiture career that include, yet are not limited to, producing Ric Flair’s family Glamour Shots at a Charlotte, NC mall. As gratuity,...
Jeffrey
Jeffrey is escorted to my office by Michel from The Steady Collective. He’s agreed to talk with me about the opioid epidemic—how he sees it. Jeffrey is involved in Steady’s Peer to Peer program. This means he takes 100-200 clean needles at a time out onto the streets and hands them out to folks who...
Michael
  This week, I am so grateful to share, in his own words, Michael’s story. Michael has recently become an inspiring member of the Haywood Street family. Yesterday, we received the good news that after nearly 27 years of incarceration, Michael will receive parole in November of 2019. I strongly encourage you to read Michael...
Andre
Andre looks so cozy. He’s in the living room, kicked back in a recliner. A knit blanket wraps under his toes and is pulled tight beneath his chin. There’s a horrible B-movie playing—a surefire induction method for a mid-day nap. I might have left Andre alone if he hadn’t been leaving a trail of great...
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