2013 Annual Report

2013 Annual ReportUrban Ministry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and all services are provided on a completely non-sectarian basis. Last year, we served over 8,000 individuals through the following programs:


Volunteer Program

Provides meaningful service opportunities for local and national volunteers.

Number of Volunteers: 1,382
Volunteer hours worked: 17,406
Value of volunteer hours (Independent Sector 2011): $395,880


Community Kitchen

Provides a hot lunch, Monday through Friday.

Meals served: 26,141
Unduplicated persons served: 1,871


Emergency Care, Food Pantry and Christmas Assistance

Provides utility and rent assistance, food boxes, and Christmas assistance for persons and families in emergency situations.

Persons served: 864
Direct Financial Assistance:$84,500
Seniors served: 208
Children served by Christmas Assistance: 320
# receiving food boxes: 356


Homelessness Prevention, Rapid Rehousing and Street Outreach

Provides relocation services, financial assistance, medical support, and case management for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Persons served: 323
Unsheltered Homeless: 43
Sheltered Homeless
Imminently at risk of Homelessness: 75
One-time Street Outreach & Engagement: 171


Joe Rush Center for Urban Mission

Our dorm facility at Walnut Grove UMC hosts work groups to complete volunteer projects and provides exterior house painting and maintenance for low-income elderly and disabled persons in Jefferson County.

Homes painted: 20
Volunteer groups: 27

Residents served: 55


Urban Kids

This after-school and summer learning program provides year-round academic support and enrichment activities for students in grades three through eight.

Students served: 41


WE (West End) Community Gardens

Employs youth, provides community gardening, health and wellness education, free community festivals, and a seasonal market selling fresh, affordable produce to the West End Community and beyond.

Participants: 969
Produce sold: 5,000 pounds
Produce donated: 3,200 pounds


Beeson Senior Services

Provides case management services to low-income elderly clients (60 and older) who live in Jefferson County, including client referrals, home visits, transportation assistance, and financial assistance. Funded by the Lucille Stewart Beeson Trust.

Persons served: 326


Community Church without Walls

Urban Ministry provides office, worship, study, and recreational space for this United Methodist church partner.
Congregants: 146



Urban Ministry is the inner-city ministry of the United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Our mission is to serve poor and low-income persons in the Birmingham area with programs of compassion and wholeness. Compassion programs address immediate human needs, while wholeness programs address long-term human needs. Although Urban Ministry maintains its identity as a faith-based organization, all of our programs are offered on a completely non-sectarian basis.


Urban Ministry was founded in 1976 in North Birmingham, at a time when Birmingham’s steel factories were moving overseas and many people lost their jobs. We responded by trying to provide for basic needs through our Community Kitchen, Food Pantry, and Emergency Services (utility and rent assistance). These compassion programs primarily address immediate needs and have continued since that time. Today we have two full-time staff social workers to help low-income senior citizens (60+) through Beeson Senior Services and families at risk of homelessness through our Homelessness Prevention program. We have also added a Transportation Ministry to assist our social workers in transporting clients to appointments.

In 1986, we moved to our current location in the West End Community, a neighborhood which has the lowest median income level in the state. Along with our direct service programs, we have begun community development programs to have a more lasting and transformational impact. Urban Kids was founded to address the need for extracurricular supervision and enrichment for kids in our neighborhood. It now provides after-school and summer learning programs for 30 third-eighth grade students. The Joe Rush Center for Urban Mission was created to house work groups who come to Birmingham to complete service projects. In 2004, it was moved to its current location at Walnut Grove United Methodist Church, with a dorm capacity of 80. These groups provide exterior maintenance for low-income homeowners; it is vital work to ensure the upkeep of housing and homeowners’ insurance in our community. WE Community Gardens was founded in 2008 to create a source of fresh produce in the West End Community and to engage more community members in our work. Together, these programs address some of the more long-term causes and consequences of poverty: isolation, education, inspiration, health and wellness.