Feel invited to view this documentary on Daniel Noell. Before his prison sentence began, Daniel regularly sang in worship, frequented the Welcome Table, and stayed at Haywood Street Respite. Learn more about the film here.

A note from Chef Katie Button —

Food has an incredible way of bringing people together! Through the summer, we were providing 1,500 meals per week to the Asheville community. We are so excited to be able to continue providing 600 meals a week through a new and expanding program created by Asheville Strong and generously supported by The Jim Moran Foundation. Asheville Strong is committed to helping the community face pandemic-related setbacks with the launch of their Feed Our City program. This initiative is designed to feed community members in need while also helping keep independent restaurants in business. Thanks to funding from Asheville Strong, our staff at La Bodega by Cúrate is able to supply meals each week. This is an incredible and much-needed program and we are thrilled to be a part of it.

After an extensive period of discernment, we have decided to primarily reserve the sanctuary this winter for use by 12-step recovery groups. At this point, the groups that have been meeting beneath our tents will move indoors November 1st. Twenty-five, masked individuals will be able to attend each meeting. HEPA air filters and additional safety protocols have been put in place by Haywood Street Staff. We will provide updates as additional AA and NA groups and times are added to the schedule.


1. “Sacred Bloodlines” — sermon by Rev. Combs, 10/21/2020

2. Eulogy for Bruce by Rev. Combs


1. Make a meal for Friends staying in Respite. Click here to sign up!

2. Click here to access our wish list and giving information.



We are grateful to announce that Yvette will be stepping into the role of Respite Program Manager. Enjoy this introduction!…
My name is Yvette Jives. I am a native of Asheville. My husband Lonnie and I have been married for 40 years. We are the proud parents of four adult children, 12 grandchildren and 5 grand dogs. I love jazz, early morning walks and spending time with my family. I am an eight-year ovarian cancer survivor and author of my first published book, “Windowed Revelations of Ovarian Cancer”.  I am actively involved in presenting and being a change agent locally and within a worldwide organization with an emphasis on Gynecological Cancers in women of color. I participate within a plethora of organizational channels initiating conversations and being part of developing as well as identifying pertinent issues to address inside Health Equity Task Force settings. I serve on the Buncombe County Health and Human Services Board and on the Advisory Board of Haywood Street Respite. I am thrilled to be starting as the new Program Manager for Haywood Street Respite in mid-November.

Throughout my career I have served in various roles developing and supervising programs for healthcare, health screenings tools, preventative care as well as being an advocate, liaison, coordinator and collaborator focused on impacting social determinants.   My experiences have served as a foundation for my strong commitment to be entrenched in identifying healthcare gaps within the system and a desire to link individuals to critical resources to impact barriers to accessing and maintaining healthcare. I have served as a nurse for 33 years and experienced the ever- changing structure of the health care system designed to streamline medical services for improvised, underserved, uninsured marginalized communities. I hold a Master’s Degree in Social Work from which I consistently utilize to strategically mesh with my nursing background to address structured systemic barriers to social justice, healthcare, social inequalities, racisms, and disparities in healthcare and social settings.

Being an advocate for underserved individuals, I am the founder of HERS and cofounder of Cothinkk. HERS stands for Health Education and Resources. The focus is community awareness and participation by presenting an array of topics through presenters to generate discussions and actions plans among participants by creating an open form within various community and healthcare providers. I engage communities into conversations as to what works well for their community setting and create dialogue amongst providers within health care settings. HERS is a navigator of a complex health and social system which help women coordinate their health care needs in a manner reflective of barriers to care. My goals are to help shape different outcomes to women of color diagnosis with ovarian cancer and the stage of diagnosis thus increasing the survival percentage within our communities and the family unit.

I consider myself to be an instrumental aspect of the foundational blueprint plan for Haywood Street Respite. My role consisted of being the liaison to facilitate and establish healthcare in a primary care setting. The goal was to ensure individuals discharged from the hospital were able to establish primary care within a timely manner, bridge continuity of care and diminish poor health outcomes. As a nurse and Social Worker, I was elated with the introduction of respite and the commitment portrayed again and again by dedicated individuals who viewed their role as being part of uplifting a safe community for medical recovery and social support. In other words, the focus was holistically viewed instead of broken down in a systemic intake. I am humbled and honored to become a staff member for a program which authentically creates a nurturing, non-judgmental supportive environment focused on Individualized Centered Care as it reflects the client’s needs.
I welcome this opportunity.

Thank you
Yvette Jives, LPN/MSW