Wednesday’s meal was sponsored and served by the incredible folks at
Eating Asheville! Eating Asheville donates a portion of each food tour to
the Welcome Table, culminating in a yearly feast for 500! We give thanks
for their generosity and commitment to the Haywood Street Community.
After a full year of residency at Haywood Street, we said
‘goodbye-for-now’ to our dear brother Adam. Adam has brought his
whole heart and self to this community and we’ll be cheering him on as
he works towards a Master of Divinity and Master of Counseling dual
This was also Eva’s last week as a Respite Community Resident. We will
miss the sweet and silly spirit she has brought to Haywood Street, but
we look forward to seeing how she shares her light beyond our walls.


1. The Asheville Street Feet Project foot clinics are now held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays from 11-2 in room 1.

2. Gentle yoga in the sanctuary, Wednesdays from 9:30 – 10:30.

3. Tickets are going quick for “Imagine!” Click here to learn more and reserve your spot today.

4. Haywood Street is hiring! Haywood Street Respite, Assistant to the Program Manager job description can be found here. 

5. June 19: WelcomeFEST 2019! Get your tickets today!

6. Just a handful of Wednesdays left in this round of the Peace Education Program! All are welcome to attend. More…


For more information about any of the following, please contact Hannah, Haywood St. Companion Coordinator, at hannah@haywoodstreet.org or 828.575.2477 [ext. 106].
Welcome Table:
Prep sheet and information
*** Can’t come for all four seatings on Wednesday? Consider coming for “second shift” from 12:30-2:30 to help with the final shifts at the Welcome table !***
Clothing Closet:
– Prep: 10-noon Tuesday and Thursdays
– In need of summer items, water proof/resistant shoes, shorts, t-shirts, shorts, tanks, men’s and women’s underwear
*** In need of folks to assist with laundry. Please come pick up/drop off laundry Tues/Thurs from 10am-12pm, there is no timeline, just bring them back at your convenience! ***
– Vegetable gardening with Joan: Wednesday 10-12 & Sunday 1-3
– Flower gardening with Robert Thursday 9-12
Click here to prepare a meal for friends at Respite!
Please sign up to help with this event!Campus Maintenance: 
– Come anytime on Mondays 6:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Make a gift to Haywood St.


Hello again Haywood Street Congregation! My name is Jessica Carter and I had the extraordinary opportunity of fulfilling my senior level social work internship within the Haywood Street Respite. It seems like just yesterday I was writing a reflection at the start of my internship in January, but time seems to move faster when you get to be involved with such an amazing community that is Haywood Street Congregation. While I am sad to say my internship has ended, I am thrilled to have gained community and all that I have learned during my time here.

I would like to reflect on how special the staff is here. I have never in any of my life’s work or internships witnessed a more mutually supportive staff. They demonstrate a ministry of relationship not only with our friends, companions, and community but also with each other. I cannot stress how rare this is. I have never witnessed such pure love and support. They are a huge part of each other’s support systems, and it was so beautiful and inspiring to witness and be apart of.

I would also like to pay tribute and special appreciation to Respite Program Manager Michael Platz. He could tell that during my first weeks in the Respite that I was very anxious, but his kindness and welcoming demeanor helped me ease into my social work role in the Respite so that I could better help serve our friends. He shared his wisdom with me on a daily basis, and there was much to be learned in watching the compassionate way in which he interacts with friends, companions, and the community. He also coached me in the art of self-care, which has improved my life in all arenas. I will be forever thankful for these lessons.

I will carry Haywood Street Congregation in my heart forever, and I will try to incorporate what I learned here in all that I do during my social work career. Thank you all for blessing me with this opportunity to be a part of such a beautiful community. I truly believe that if we had more places like Haywood Street, that our world would be a much better place.

Jessica Carter, BSW

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