What if I told you you have the power to positively change someone’s life… would you? Here’s a look at how Jimmie Hale Mission‘s More Than a Meal campaign is transforming lives this holiday season in Birmingham and how you can, too.
What is Jimmie Hale Mission?
Making a difference in The Magic City for over 75 years, Jimmie Hale Mission (JHM) is one of the most well-known and beloved nonprofits in Birmingham.
Its goal: to help men afflicted by homelessness in Downtown Birmingham through education and remediation, job readiness and spiritual support.
Throughout their journey, JHM has even expanded its efforts to impact even more people in Birmingham, including women and children and those impacted by addiction.
More than a Meal
You may know JHM for their annual More than a Meal campaign and how $1.95 provides a meal. But it’s so much more than a meal.
For some time, JHM housed overnight guests alongside those participating in their Active Recovery program.
Now, the nonprofit is changing gears, focusing their attention solely on those working towards complete recovery through their Active Recovery program in hopes of building healthy, self-sufficient and productive lives.
What’s their Active Recovery program all about?
It’s a 15-week residential program that offers an intensive, clinically-structured, faith-based group approach to transformation. It leads clients to understand and overcome past traumas and life issues that contribute to their substance abuse, homelessness and unhealthy living.
By focusing on program participants, JHM is able to expand their efforts and address all areas of client health. Along with providing nourishment, shelter and sharing the gospel, your support also helps JHM provide a plate full of critical elements that transform lives, including:
- Mental support
- Physical activity
- Social rehabilitation
- Spiritual guidance
- Vocational training
“I believe we are called to be a part of transforming lives and, while that process can begin with a simple meal, it actually requires a much deeper response. We must be intentional about pursuing relationships with others in a way that establishes trust, so we can get to and treat the real traumas that are keeping our clients trapped in homelessness and addiction.”Michael Coleman, Executive Director, Jimmie Hale Mission
View this video for a behind the scenes look at JHM.