Search for Haywood’s homeless was an eye-opening experience

There is a single day each year set aside in the U.S. to count the number of homeless individuals in each and every community. This year’s so-called “Point in Time” survey was held on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and I accompanied the nine volunteers with the Haywood Pathways Center who were

Pathways Center kitchen opens

The first meal at the Haywood Pathways Center was served Sunday, Jan. 5, a date Jeremy Parton, shelter director and kitchen coordinator, was not certain would be met. “That’s when we were scheduled to open,” Parton said, “but it would have never happened if six to seven of the guests

#1 Flip this prison

What started out as a public policy dilemma for Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher in 2013 ended up as a broad-based community effort that promises to be a game changer as far as saving tax dollars and offering options for ex-offenders and those without homes. Upon taking office in March

Help #FeedTheNeed

A warm place to sleep, three meals a day and time with family are often taken for granted by those who have them readily available each day. For guests at the Haywood Pathways Center, these basic life necessities are not so easy to come by. Without the help of the

Volunteers needed at Haywood Pathways Center

Response to the Haywood Pathways Reader Challenge has been overwhelming, and more than $5,000 has been raised toward a $10,000 challenge grant offered by an anonymous reader of The Mountaineer. This week, the center is in need of more than just donations to help pay for construction costs. Volunteers are

Continue to fill cornucopia

Show your thankfulness this season by helping match a Mountaineer Reader Challenge. There are outstanding bills to pay on the Haywood Pathways Center, and an anonymous reader has pledged to match all contributions up to $10,000. Send checks made out to Mountain Projects to The Mountaineer Reader Challenge, 220 N.

‘Feed the Need’ campaign begins

The Haywood Pathways Center looks much different today than it did two months ago when reporters, politicians, famous faces and thousands of volunteers spent the day at the site. For a small county such as Haywood, it was certainly exciting to win the Ultimate Neighborhood Give Back Challenge and have

Help meet The Mountaineer reader challenge

So far, nearly $1,600 has been contributed toward the Haywood Pathways Center project thanks to a $10,000 anonymous reader donation that challenge other readers to pitch in. Since The Mountaineer has more than 10,000 readers, matching the amount by Thanksgiving is the goal. If everybody gives a little, it will

New emergency shelter is open

The Haywood Pathways Center was bustling with activity Saturday as the Haywood Christian Emergency Shelter prepared to open it new facility. People were dropping off supplies like bedding and towels, toothbrushes and cleaning items. A student-led group from Western Carolina University, Rock Your Socks Off, was doing a final cleaning,