initiatives

the compound

For six years our Sunday meals served as an open door for people to meet Urban Purpose. The Compound expands our outreach opportunities beyond one meal a week. Now we can bring people together, meet needs, build relationships, and offer healthy choices to the homeless in our city right in the heart of downtown Birmingham.

The Compound gives us space to…

• Host sit down meals for our homeless population so that they can enjoy the feeling of dinnertime with family
• Bring people together for major sporting events like the Super Bowl, Final 4, and the National Championship
• Host weekly hangout time with people who need healthy, safe, and consistent relationships
• Provide mental healthcare services to the most vulnerable in our city
• Equip the economically vulnerable with financial management skills through classes and mentorship
• Provide fitness classes that promote healthy lifestyle changes for those who don’t have the resources to prioritize their wellness

The Safe House gives us space to…

• Protect people from negative influences, isolation, and poor decision making
• Surround those struggling with addiction with godly influences
• Provide structure and accountability during that key waiting list period
• Help them enter recovery with a strong mind and a clear outlook
• Demonstrate our desire and willingness to walk with them beyond their time in a recovery program

When a person struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction takes that momentous step of putting in an application at a local recovery program, the waiting list is often between two to six weeks. So much can go wrong during that wait time to keep them from ever beginning a treatment program. Our Safe House bridges this gap so that people enter a recovery program in the safest, most stable condition possible.

safe house

jobs program

The impact a job has on someone who is working towards rebuilding his or her life cannot be overstated. At the same time, we are painfully aware of the challenges many people face when trying to find and keep meaningful employment. So we partnered with two businesses, Taproot Landscaping and Tabitha’s Hands. Both of these enterprises are on a mission to be an integral part of this rebuilding process.

The Jobs Program will allow us to...

• Provide healthy contexts with supervisors and co-workers who are committed to the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of men and women in vulnerable situations
• Teach the value and reward of a hard day’s work.
• Hire additional crew leaders, which will give Taproot and Tabitha’s Hands the ability to employ more people who truly desire to get back on their feet
• Create one-day work opportunities to meet small financial needs like bus passes, phone cards, and driver’s licenses.
• Evaluate someone’s responsibility level and work ethic through short-term (1-2 week) employment opportunities before referring them to our long-term employment partners
• Provide multiple long-term positions to those who show a genuine desire to remain in that particular field of work.

what to do when...

A homeless person asks me for money? My loved one is an addict? I meet someone suffering from mental illness?

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