United Methodist Committee on Relief

Haywood Street Community Residency Program

Haywood Street Congregation in Asheville, NC is inviting applications for a year-long residency program designed to equip mission-minded individuals for effective and transformative ministry WITH the poor. 

Haywood Street is a United Methodist mission congregation that recognizes “Table” as its central metaphor. At altar table or dinner table, in the meeting room or around the picnic table, this diverse faith community is thriving in part because of its emphasis on authentic relationships and mutual service. Around 450 gather each Wednesday for lunch and 250 on Sundays for supper at the Downtown Welcome Table, a sit-down meal served family style in our dining room. Those gathering around the table are individuals carrying all their worldly possessions in ragged backpacks as well as privileged professionals, stay-at-home moms, students and the working poor.

Other core programs include a clothing closet, community garden, and the Haywood Street Respite, where eight homeless adults at a time can stay on a short-term basis after being discharged from the hospital to finish getting well. While Haywood Street Respite follows an evidence-based model with a proven track record of success, its design as an intentional community is what sets it apart from other respite care programs in the U.S. 

Haywood Street’s residency combines an opportunity to live in community at Haywood Street Respite with hands-on learning tied to the Downtown Welcome Table. Residents will gain in-depth understanding of resource procurement, budgeting, menu development and strategies for partnering with chefs, retailers and others to design a successful table-based ministry that incorporates best practices for ministry WITH the poor.

Who should apply to Haywood Street’s community residency program?
• College students seeking a meaningful “gap year” experience
• Seminary candidates or recent graduates looking to strengthen their capacity for Incarnational Ministry with and among the poor
• Anyone desiring an extended mission immersion experience that affords opportunity to learn practical skills and theory for successful ministry WITH the poor 

Room, Board & Requirements:
¬ All meals are included as well as lodging in a private room (shared bath) in the Haywood Street Respite.
¬ A monthly stipend for incidental expenses is provided.
¬ Resident will have assigned responsibilities and serve as an integral part of the Downtown Welcome Table team. 
¬ Overnight presence on campus is expected on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights except for weeks when time away is scheduled. 

Application instructions.

“Raw, welcoming and authentic, Haywood Street is a community of Christian faith – a fellowship of table, worship and mission – that affirms the sacred worth of all. Houseless and housed, sober and intoxicated, illiterate and educated, lost and found. A disparate blend of people seeking communion with God and one another.”