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  •      The Jimmie Hale Mission recently received 4 out of 4 stars for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency, according to the independent organization, Charity Navigator. 

         What does this mean for you?  This means that when you give to the Jimmie Hale Mission ministries, you can know that we’re using your donation exactly as intended.

         Renowned Charity Navigator is America’s premier charity evaluator whose method of applying data driven analysis to charities has been introduced to other well-known organizations such as Forbes, Business Week, and Kiplinger’s Financial Magazine.  Charity Navigator highlights the work of efficient, ethical and open charities.  Through receiving the prestigious award, donors can be assured and feel comfortable with our organization and the various entities they invest.   

         We work extremely hard to be good stewards of your trust, time and your donor dollar, so this award means a lot.

         We received this recognition through good governance and consistently executing our mission’s ministries, including Jessie’s Place and Discovery Clubs, in a fiscally responsible way.  The Mission has now been set apart from other non-profit organizations and has proven to be a trustworthy organization to many of our donors.

         Details of our 4-star rating can be found here. 

     

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  •      In the world of thrift stores, there are two main types: for-profit stores and non-profit stores.  While each type brings something to the table, it can be very confusing to those wanting to donate their items to non-profit thrift stores, who will use those donated items to help others.

    How can you be sure you’re donating to a non-profit thrift store?

    1. Do your research before donating:  Today, almost all reputable charities have a website you can check out. Once there, you can find if they collect donations, what type of donations they accept, and where to make that donation.

         2. Beware of Bins: While some non-profits do use donations bins to collect items like clothes and shoes, many for-profits are using this tactic as well.  If you want your items to be used to help others, read the wording on the bin carefully.  If you’re not familiar or not sure, call the charity you had in mind, or number listed on the bin, and ask before dropping off your items.  At the Jimmie Hale Mission’s Mission Possible Bargain Centers, we don’t use collection bins.  You can drop off your donations at any of our stores, call (205) 798-8365, or click to schedule a pickup!

         3. Ask if you get a receipt: Most (if not all) 501(c)3 charities as recognized by the IRS, can provide you with a tax-deductible receipt for your donations.  If they can’t offer you a receipt (and you want one!), that could be a sign to look for another organization to give your items to.

         
         You can also view this video, courtesy of NBC 13, to see their report on for-profit versus non-profit thrift stores:

         There are many thrift stores around the Birmingham area.  Click here to see all the locations of our Mission Possible Bargain Center thrift stores.  This article was intended to inform those who prefer to donate to non-profit thrift stores; if you have no preference whether your donations go to for-profit or non-profit, that just enhances your options!

     

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  •      Who better to help offer love and support to the moms and kids of Jessie's Place, than a mom and daughter team?    

         True Inspiration

         On a recent visit to Jessie's Place, mom Shari and daughter Sarah, shared their time and their talent by singing several songs and offering encouragement.  Mom Shari also shared her personal testimony with the ladies.

         "I loved how Mrs. Shari shared her life testimony with us," said Kat, who is currently staying with us at Jessie's Place.  "It really touched my heart and moved me to share my own testimony with others."  You can read Kat's testimony here.

         
    A Family Matter     

         Shari's daughter, Sarah, also shared her thoughts on the event: "I had a great time with these beautiful women.  I adored getting to see all the kids and I enjoyed singing to the ladies with my mom."

         If you'd like to support our ministry at Jessie's Place, click here to be taken to our donation page.  If you'd like to learn about volunteering at Jessie's Place, like Shari and Sarah did, click here to go to our volunteer page.

         Thank you to Shari, Sarah and all of our volunteers, donors and prayer supporters who make events such as this possible.

     

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  •      We love meeting our friends, volunteers, donors and supporters, so we're looking forward to seeing YOU at the Gardendale Magnolia Festival this weekend.

    Terry Preston talks to supporter     The Four W's:

       WHO: The Jimmie Hale Mission at the 13th annual Gardendale Magnolia Festival.

        WHEN: Saturday, April 25th from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

         WHERE: Gardendale Civic Center.  Click here for directions.

         WHY: Because we want to meet you!

         We've been blessed to be part of the Magnolia Festival for several years now and we look forward to being part of this community event again.

         YOU are what makes this event so fun for us, so please stop by and see us!

         
         Terry Preston, community relations coordinator, chats with a visitor

         We will not be asking for donations - we simply want to meet those that make the work that we do - God's work - possible all year long.

         Please stop by and see us.  Say hello, ask questions or just chat.  

         Be sure to stop by our booth and get your FREE TOTE BAG!


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