Missional Wisdom Foundation

AMW Student's Medical Respite Program for Asheville's Homeless Featured

March 24, 2014 | Found in: Academy

Asheville's Citizen-Times features a news item and video on the Medical Respite program at Haywood Street Congregation. The program director is our own Jody Halstead, a student in the Western North Carolina cohort of the Academy for Missional Wisdom. 

Elaine Heath said, "Jody's training through the Academy for Missional Wisdom helped her to combine her passion for healing with her call to share the love of Christ with neighbors in this powerful new ministry of medical respite. I remember meeting Jody when the idea for the respite center was in embryonic form. Along with District Superintendent John Boggs, I invited Jody to consider receiving training so that her dream could become reality. Today we celebrate joyously with Jody as the respite center offers healing space and support to neighbors who would otherwise go without."

Program director Jody Halstead finds the mission of Respite deeply fulfilling.

“These are people who let me come into their lives when they don’t feel good and they let me be a part of their family. And that’s what we are here. We become family,” Halstead said. “Some of the criteria for admission to the program are that they are homeless, adult, ambulatory and independent in the ADLs” — that is, the activities of daily living, such as giving yourself a bath.

“It’s a pretty cool thing I get to do. But it’s not my baby. It’s our pastor (Brian Combs), his calling and we all get to be a part of that,” Halstead said. “A lot of people have been working on this before I came along, though it’s very, very dear to my heart. It’s not mine. It’s ours. It’s God’s, and we get to be a part of it.”

For more information about supporting Haywood Street Respite, visit their website.