WHAT HAPPENS AT RED DOOR?
The Red Door Ministry at The Church of the Advocate, is located in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, and is a worshiping community of the Episcopal Dioceses of WNC. Most of our friends simply know us as The Red Door. Our ministry was established in 1997, making it one of the earliest to serve the marginalized and outside people in the downtown area. On Sundays, we celebrate the Holy Eucharist and offer a safe and sacred space for our congregation to enjoy conversation, creative expression through art, access to The Basics Supply Closet and our Sole Mate Shoe Closet. A community meal is shared following our celebration and everyone is welcome to join us. Participation in the worship is NOT required to take part in any offerings. On Tuesdays, you will find us opening The Red Door for Lectio Divina, a community brunch with snacks, counseling and a place to just be.
THE RED DOOR IS OPEN TO EVERYONE
Although we welcome many who are “outside people” or “just passing through”, we also invite those who are housed downtown (or beyond) looking for a way to meet their neighbors. The only requirement is to walk in. The Red Door is a place of healing and hope for everyone, whether you’re in need or live a life of abundance. There are spontaneous stories and gifts waiting to be shared. God’s grace is like that…something unexpected can happen that we didn’t know we needed, but is life-changing.
WE CONNECT AND PARTICIPATE
WITH OTHER MINISTRIES AND AGENCIES
The Red Door clergy, staff and community are active participants in and host monthly meetings of The Homeless Coalition of Asheville (and surrounding areas). We listen and share with other agencies, ministries and organizations so that we know the resources available to those in need and how they can best be accessed. Our membership in this group helps us to not compare, but integrate and enhance how and what we can offer. It also makes others aware of The Red Door and offers members of our community a safe place to make their concerns known to those who are seeking to help.
The Veteran Administration, WNCAP, Our Voice, Mission Health, The BeLoved Community, Haywood Street Respite, NC Works, The Asheville Police Department, Homeward Bound, Social Security Representatives, Buncombe County Schools, A-B Tech, VAYA Health, RHA
These agencies and many others regularly give updates and are in attendance of The Homeless Coalition of Asheville.