7 ways you can support Birmingham’s homeless population today

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Birmingham has tons of citizens and organizations who help support, shelter and encourage our homeless population. Check out these 7 organizations who are making a difference, and see how you can be a part of this vital mission—whether you have funds or time to give.

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1. Community on the Rise

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“Our mission is to offer education, healing, housing and employment to individuals experiencing homelessness in Birmingham.”

Community on the Rise works daily with their vulnerable neighbors to map out life plans and remove barriers to success. They’re currently working on launching a Social Impact business, Electra on the Rise, which will hire members of Birmingham’s homeless community to recycle plastic waste into beautiful, renewable products for retail sale.

2. First Light Inc.

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First Light is the only 24-hour emergency shelter for women and families. Their focus is programs and services that will enable a guest to return to independence.

A professional staff, made up of degreed and certified social workers, does case management to get a guest the help she truly needs to move forward with her life.

3. The Salvation Army of Greater Birmingham

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The Salvation Army of Greater Birmingham serves people in need without discrimination. Whether it’s a hot meal, a safe place to sleep,  assistance paying a water bill, or a more long-term solution–The Salvation Army is here to help.

“Every person’s story and circumstances are unique and we tailor our services and programs to best meet an individual’s needs.”

4. JC’S Place Inc.

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“Our primary goal at JC’S Place is to provide a shelter for veterans to practice real-world skills. JC’S Place is meant for the veterans who sacrificed so much for our country.”

JC’S Place began serving the community in 2012. They encourage self-discovery among veterans by providing them a place where they feel comfortable. JC’S Place offers workshops for veterans ranging in topics from money management to crisis intervention.

5. Firehouse Ministries

Photo via Firehouse Shelter on Facebook

For over 32 years, the Firehouse Shelter has worked to improve and expand its programs and services for Birmingham’s homeless.

“The Firehouse Shelter now operates 6 facilities ranging from transitional housing, a Safe Haven for men with serious mental illnesses, permanent supportive housing, to affordable low-income permanent housing in various neighborhoods throughout the Birmingham metro area.”

6. Be a Blessing Birmingham

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“Be A Blessing Birmingham was created to bring awareness to and garner community support to help make things better for the large homeless population”.

Once a month, Be A Blessing Birmingham hosts a “Blessing Day” where they gather, purchase and distribute hygiene items and clothing to homeless citizens in downtown Birmingham.

  • Social: Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with updates.
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  • If you want to donate items such as hygiene items or clothes, follow this link to learn what they need + where to drop it off.

7. Bridge Ministries

Photo via Bridge Ministries on Facebook

Bridge Ministries, a non-profit organization, works to prevent homelessness by providing direct emergency assistance to at-risk individuals and families in the greater Birmingham area.

Since 1978, they have assisted over 25,000 very low income individuals providing direct emergency assistance with rent, utilities, temporary lodging, food and case management services.

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Beth Cunningham
A Birmingham transplant who can usually be found hitting a new hiking trail or restaurant opening when she's not writing stories and snapping photos for Bham Now.
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