We will be accepting applications for this position through Wednesday, February 17. Click here for all the details!

We thank the city of Asheville for these updates:

It is best practice at this time to direct all public comment emails to the entire city council at: ashevilleNCCouncil@AshevilleNC.gov.

This link contains general information. When the agenda for the 2/23 is made available by the city (2/19), we will also make it available via social media. The agenda will have links for how to participate in the 2/23 meeting.

To learn all about Haywood Street’s proposal for deeply affordable housing, click here.

As of 2/11/21, these groups are meeting, with all COVID precautions, in the Haywood Street sanctuary:

Serenity Service AA: M, T, W, TH, F @ 5:30 pm
NA: T, TH @ 8:00 pm
CA: W @ 7:30 pm
AA Men’s Meeting: Sat @ 9:15 am

Big shout out to The Hop for sharing delicious ice cream cake and pints with us today. It was the perfect compliment to the Downtown Welcome Table lunch this Wednesday!


Our initial prediction before the Christmas holiday was that we would be able to welcome companions back in some capacity after Feb. 1. While we desperately miss each of you and the spirit you bring to Haywood Street, we have decided to wait a bit longer to ensure a more safe transition. With the possibility of community vaccinations on the horizon and positive cases beginnings to trend down, we are hopeful. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

As we begin to dream about new opportunities for expansion of our ministries and eventual “re-opening,” we hope you will be apart of the conversation and that you will help guide us as a community. Companion zoom hours for the next few months will focus on bringing updates from our staff as well as taking 15-20 minutes at the end of each conversation to brainstorm and imagine coming together again.

Upcoming Companion Zoom Hours:

Feb 18 @ 4:00 PM – Exec. Director, Laura Kirby, will be there to share updates and answer questions

March 4 @ 3:00 PM – Bryan Mitchell will be there to give vision for the building and grounds and share updates and answer questions

March 18 @ 3:00 PM – Father Mike Reardon will be there to visit, share updates and answer ministry questions.



My name is Lauran Nicole Brown. I was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. Upon graduating from Asheville High School in 2003 I went on to Johnson & Wales University to pursue a degree in hospitality management. I worked in many different aspects of hospitality from food service to front desk and housekeeping. I worked as a private duty caregiver for 5 years in Charlotte. Once I made it back to Asheville in 2015 I found myself wanting to help my community in many aspects. I have worked as a volunteer Cheerleading Coach with the Asheville Youth league and now with Asheville Middle School. I am very active in my Church Blue Ridge Biker Church. I have the privilege to lead in praise and worship on  Sundays as well as Head up our Outreach program Midnight Ministry, with helping the Asheville homeless.I have always had the passion to help people and I can not think of a better way to help my community. I am excited to have the opportunity to become a part of the Respite community as the Assistant to the Program Director and getting to know more people in the community.