“With God, all things are possible.”
Matthew 19:26

Transform Lives Today

Haywood Pathways Center is a faith based 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization in Haywood County that provides adult and family emergency shelter, halfway house for men and women recently released from prison, short term residential program for individuals seeking life transformation and community kitchen providing meals to those living in the shelter and within our community.

Our services are open to residents of Haywood County regardless of age, race, gender, religion or nationality.

 No one who is sober and drug free is turned away for a short stay, but participation in the short term residential program requires the commitment to create and work on an individualized goal plan with our case management team which addresses 6 focus areas:

Life Skills
Social Support

Haywood Pathways Center is supported by individuals, churches of all denominations, community organizations, businesses, private foundations and corporate grants who believe all people are God’s people.

Upcoming Events

Souper Bowl MVPs Wanted

February 2, 2020

Why let football fans have all the fun this Super Bowl Sunday? On February 2nd, 1-5 pm, Stonehouse Pottery and Haywood Pathways are teaming up for an afternoon of fun, food, shopping and camaraderie with our version of ‘SOUPER-BOWL.’ While football fans watch the pigskin get thrown around, throw your own kind of bowl with Stonehouse Pottery.

Stonehouse Pottery’s experienced potters will help you create a bowl on the wheel or even hand-build a bowl. Choose your glaze colors and let your inner artist create some magic for a great cause. Each bowl you make will be kiln-fired and donated to the Pathways’ Empty Bowls Fundraiser, to be held on Feb 27th, 6 – 8 pm, at Hart Theater in Waynesville. On that night ticketed guests will look over and choose from a variety of beautiful bowls made by local potters, art students and, this year, Stonehouse creators.

Get in the mud and throw a bowl or enjoy a cleaner afternoon of shopping and light hors d’oeuvres while browsing the Stonehouse sales gallery. Pathways will receive 10% from each sale and 100% of proceeds from the “Souper-Bowl” Build. The best part is that many people will be impacted – You, the bowl creator, the recipient who buys your bowl to fill, and residents of Pathways who have their basic needs met for another season.

This event is open to the public and free to attend with a $10 lesson/materials fee for each Bowl-Build. Children as young as 4 years can easily mold the clay, so bring the family. Stonehouse Pottery is located at 180 Stonehouse Lane in Balsam (follow signs up the private drive next to the Balsam post office).

This month we can all be MVPs as we head towards the goal of feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless and reducing recidivism by addressing the many issues that contribute to homelessness. Not every story is a ‘touch-down’ with clear winners, but as a Christ-centered non-profit Haywood Pathways believes there is redemptive value in each person, and we celebrate every small success that brings our residents one yard closer to self-sustainability.

Stonehouse Pottery is online at

You can pre-buy tickets for the Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Adult Emergency Shelter

Haywood Pathways Center provides overnight and/or short term shelter for residents of our county in crises, or experiencing chronic homelessness.

Emergency Housing

Haywood Pathways Center, in collaboration with churches, schools and other non-profit organizations in Haywood County work together to find housing appropriate for each situation.

Halfway Housing

Haywood Pathways Center has the capacity to accept 10 men and 10 women into the Halfway House Program.

Short-term Residential

An individualized, person-centered plan is developed by an experienced Case Manager who considers the unique factors causing homelessness. A plan is then created to help each resident achieve self-sufficiency.

Day Labor

The Day Labor Program provides pre-screened residents with the opportunity to work on a day by day basis, allowing them to earn a wage and save for housing. Perfect help for your project or 'honey-do' list. Call the office if you'd like to hire help.

Pathways Kitchen

We offer breakfast, bagged lunches and a 'home-style' dinner served each night in our Dining Room. Those hungry in the community are welcome to come for dinner between 5:30 and 7:00pm.

Assisting Inmates Transitioning Back into Society

Our Happenings

Give Today!

We can’t do it without YOU.

As we work together to meet the needs of Haywood County’s less fortunate we depend on people like you to help achieve our goal of true life transformation. Whether a one time gift or a monthly partnership…Thank you!

Need List

We continue to  need and accept financial contributions, but did you know we also accept everyday items that are used to meet the personal care needs of our guests. Please see our list for the most current requests. 


Haywood Pathways Center goal is to partner with as many agencies within Haywood County as possible in order to get our guests the services they need that will allow them to return to independent living.

Transforming Lives

We have seen lives transformed—through prayer, staff support, gifted volunteers and access to resources- such as individualized Case Management, life skills training and job search assistance. We strongly believe, with your help, we have a chance to make a positive impact on residents of Haywood County who suffer from homelessness. Our goal is to provide a hand up rather than a hand out. 

Myr-Ken Family Dorm

The Myr-Ken Family Dorm finally opened June 21st, 2019.  Thank you to the community and innumerable donors who helped make this dream a reality!

Partner with us!

Become a financial partner through a one time gift, or reoccurring monthly donation. Every little bit makes a difference and goes directly toward our mission of helping those seeking life transformation learn to ‘break cycles and build foundations’.

Come Today

Haywood Pathways Center is looking for volunteers to work with staff and guests at the Waynesville campus on Hemlock Street. There are many opportunities to choose from, with flexible hours and time involved. Adults 18 and older, or supervised older youth, from all walks of life and backgrounds are invited to apply.