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Alabama Arise Citizens' Policy Project (ACPP)

Founded in 1994, Alabama Arise is a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of 150 congregations and community groups and hundreds of individuals united in their belief that low-income people are suffering because of state policy decisions.

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Angel Tree

Would you like to get into the Christmas spirit early this year?  Please consider “adopting” and angel from the St. Stephen’s Angel Tree!

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Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO)

Birmingham AIDS Outreach has been saving and transforming lives since 1985 as Alabama's first AIDS Service Organization.  Today BAO provides free services to over 800 HIV positive individuals and touches thousands of lives through community events, HIV testing, and prevention outreach. 

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Cahaba River Society

The 1,870 square mile Cahaba River watershed drains urban and rural areas, farms and forests on its course from the southern Appalachian Mountains through the coastal plain to the Alabama River. About 200 square miles of the headwaters are the primary raw water source for the Birmingham Water Works Board system, the largest water provider in Alabama. Storm water impacts from suburban development in the upper watershed are the greatest challenge to the river system’s water supply, water quality, and biodiversity and wildlife.   How St. Stephen’s Can Help: There are opportunities during several public events the Society hosts and to work in the Society office.

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Community Furniture Bank

The Community Furniture Bank (CFB) is a non-profit organization that specializes in the pickup, storage, and delivery of donated furniture, appliances, and other household goods.

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Community Kitchen

Community Kitchens of Birmingham is a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding anyone who is hungry. It is hard to imagine that there are men, women and children in Birmingham who go hungry every day. A recent survey of Jefferson County reported that there are an estimated 3,000 people each week who sleep on the streets of Birmingham.

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Cross Day

Five years ago, the idea of a parish-wide outreach day was born under the name CROSS Day Communities Receiving Outreach from St. Stephen’s. We gather at 7:30am in the Parish Hall for a light breakfast and prayers before we head out to various service projects in our community. This is an all age event.

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Episcopal Place

Episcopal Place serves as a model for providing affordable, independent living for low-income seniors and adults with disabilities.

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Family Promise of Birmingham (Previously named -Birmingham Hospitality Network)

Family Promise of Birmingham is a program that assists families in north-central Alabama who are temporarily homeless. Family Promise of Birmingham is unique in that it shelters entire families; most shelters require families to be split up. These pre-screened families spend their days working, at school, or at Southside Baptist Church, and then spend nights at area congregations. We host homeless families 4 times per year, a week at a time. Hosts are needed from 5:30 PM to 7:00 AM the next morning.

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Firehouse Shelter

Since December 1983, The Firehouse Shelter has been operating as a men's homeless shelter. In our early years our primary goal was to meet the food, shelter and clothing needs of the homeless men in the Birmingham metro area. Over the past decade, Firehouse has greatly expanded its original mission. Today, it offers affordable housing (at 15 different sites) to over 200 people every night and serves at least 300 men each day in some capacity.

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Grace Episcopal Church Food Pantry & Annual Christmas Party

Grace Episcopal Food Pantry provides groceries for as many as 80 families, three Tuesdays a month. The Clothes Closet offers much needed apparel for free. Each December, St. Stephen’s hosts a Christmas Party for Woodlawn-area residents; each attendee receives a “goodie bag” with gifts and personal care items, Christmas wishes and a hug from volunteers who staff the event.

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Greater Birmingham Ministries

Greater Birmingham Ministries (GBM) was founded in 1969 in response to urgent human and justice needs in the greater Birmingham area. GBM is a multi-faith, multi-racial organization that provides emergency services for people in need and engages the poor and the non-poor in systemic change efforts to build a strong, supportive, engaged community and pursue a more just society for all people.

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Gresham Elementary School-Home of the Li’l Mounties!

Gresham Elementary is part of the Jefferson County school system and home to over 400 students in grades K-5. Most of the students arrive on buses each day, and many are on the subsidized lunch program.  Gresham is located just off Dolly Ridge Road and is about 10- minute drive from St. Stephen’s!  

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Habitat for Humanity

Habitat Birmingham is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes. To date, more than 600 houses have been sold at zero percent interest, in addition to 450 other housing units repaired or rebuilt, for a total of more than 1,000 families served in the Greater Birmingham area. Habitat Birmingham is ranked 4th among more than 1,500 Habitat affiliates in the United States.

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International Mission Trip

St. Stephen’s is taking its mission outside the borders of the United States. Mission trips travel to Haiti and Honduras regularly. While in Honduras the mission team stays and works at El Hogar de Amor y Esperanza in Tegucigalpa. El Hogar is an orphanage for children ages 5-16 years old. St. Stephens is also in the process of developing an on-going relationship with several villages in Haiti.

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Kairos Prison Ministry

Kairos of Alabama operates as a State Chapter and serves in prisons and jails through a contractual agreement with the Warden and Chaplain of each institution. At present, Kairos is in 13 facilities across the State of Alabama. A group of women also minister to female family members of incarcerated men through the Kairos Outside Ministry. Kairos weekends consist of 40 hours on a weekend spent with 42 inmates chosen by the warden and correctional officers.

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Magic City Harvest

Since 1995, Magic City Harvest (MCH) has been recovering excess food to help alleviate food insecurity and food waste in Jefferson, Shelby and Talladega counties. Although the focus is primarily on recovery of donated perishable food, MCH is committed and involved in multiple collaborative initiatives which are addressing the challenges and barriers to area residents accessing sufficient, nutritious food.

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Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a program of the Jefferson County Council on Aging that provides  nutritious meals to homebound seniors throughout Jefferson County through a small group of paid staff and a corps of over 600 volunteers.

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Monthly Collection (Outreach)

In the parish hallway we collect food, clothing and other items for the outreach agencies that St. Stephens serves. We choose a different item each month.

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Oliver School

One of the many ways we live our faith is by supporting Oliver School. Here we enhance the education of disadvantaged inner city children. 99% come from single-family households.

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Pathways, Inc.

Pathways is the oldest, continuously operating agency in Birmingham dedicated to serving homeless and near-homeless women and their children, serving 1,200-1,500 annually. Through its downtown Day Center program, the agency provides food, clothing, showers, laundry facilities and case management.

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Preschool

St. Stephen’s Preschool is available for ages 6 months to 5K.  Our school day is from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, with extended hours for 2-5 year olds from 8:00-9:00 AM and 1:00-2:30 PM.

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Saint Stephen's Global Missions

St. Stephen’s takes its mission outside the borders of the United States. Mission trips travel to Honduras regularly. While in Honduras the mission team stays and works at El Hogar de Amor y Esperanza in Tegucigalpa. El Hogar is an orphanage for children ages 5-16 years old. The trip to Honduras is open to members of St. Stephens who are over 15 years of age. The trips are usually scheduled for June each year.

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Sawyerville Day Camp

Sawyerville is a rural town in the Black Belt of Alabama. Sawyerville Day Camp is an annual free summer camp and leadership program that serves campers from all over Hale County. Sawyerville has over 750 campers (6-14 years of age) that participate between the three weeklong sessions and over 300 volunteer staff.

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St. Martin's in the Pines

In 1957, St. Martin's began as a retirement residence for 80. Today, it's a comprehensive retirement community with a  skilled nursing center, an assisted living facility, a secure Alzheimer's community and a new comprehensive therapy and transitional care program, The Pines Rehab.  

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Trinity Commons Episcopal Student Center @ UAB

Trinity Commons features a chapel, student center and study area for students at the University of Alabama Birmingham. It offers students a place to worship, play and study away from the hustle and bustle of university life.

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For general questions about our outreach programs, please contact our Outreach Committee Chairperson:
Zach Peagler, at zach@zjplaw.com.