Tonight we have a unique opportunity to stay in the Haywood Pathway Center. This place is the perfect example of a community coming together to take care of one another. The campus began as a correctional facility and was recently converted to a homeless shelter. In relation to affordable housing, it is a great example of repurposing. Talking to some of the community members who stay here, I learned that this project was a community wide effort involving many churches, organizations, and other groups.
Everyone staying at the shelter has been very welcoming and excited to host us. Although at first it felt as though we were invading their space, after talking with some of the locals, it seems our young energetic group has had a positive impact on their group. One resident even talked about how grateful she was to see people like us dedicating our time to such an important cause. I am totally inspired by this united community! I hope that this energy will help me get through our tough ride through the blue ridge mountains!