Anti-poverty effort recapped Thursday, May 15

May 14, 2014

The next community-wide meeting of Haywood Helps, the anti-poverty effort underway in the county, will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way in Waynesville.

The meeting will include a project update on the half-way house and emergency shelter planned at the former Hazelwood prison, an update on the new website developed that lists all major basic human need resources and an update on housing and emergency services efforts.

There will also be presentations from members of the social enterprise committee about ways businesses dedicated to the common good can help support the anti-poverty efforts.

"This meeting is will be filled with important information, and we will respect your time," said Nick Honerkamp, who chairs the Haywood Christian Emergency Shelter board.

Any individual or organization interested in becoming part of the effort that targets the root causes of poverty and finds ways to provide a hand up as opposed to handout, is urged to attend the next meeting.

“There are a lot of resources in this county,” said Patsy Dowling, executive director of Mountain Projects, Inc., who helped spearhead the Haywood Helps effort. “This will help provide a way to connect all the pieces.”

“Hopefully at the May 15 meeting, we can share what’s been put together so far, hear from the community where the missing pieces are and then put energy into filling the gaps,” said Honerkamp.

“If we define the problems, I think we can find the resources,” said Dowling.

To get more information on the effort, contact Honerkamp at or Dowling at