December is a special time of the year that emphasizes the celebration of the birth of Christ. But why limit that celebration to just December?
At the Jimmie Hale Mission, we will be celebrating the spirit of Christmas in August with all of the men, women and children at our shelters, recovery programs, and learning centers. We hope that you will join us in August, in rejoicing in the kindness, generosity and joy that usually characterizes the last month of the year.
Residents at our Men's Center enjoy a hot meal
In the traditional spirit of Christmas, on August 24 and 25, we will be serving a Christmas meal - turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, and more - to the homeless and hungry at all of our facilities. Just $1.95 feeds one hungry person, $19.50 feeds 10 hungry people and so on.
MERRY CHRISTMAS!by Mission Staff
On August 19, Tony Cooper will celebrate 20 years of service to the Jimmie Hale Mission ministries. He has served as Executive Director since 1990.
Tony Cooper is passionate about the work of the Jimmie Hale Mission. He might be so enthusiastic because he used to help out at his hometown’s rescue mission when he was a teenager. Maybe he takes recovery so seriously because both his father and step-father were alcoholics. Maybe it is because he grew up poor, the oldest of eight children. For whatever the reasons may be, he has dedicated his life to helping people in need.
The Downtown Jimmie Hale Mission, Inc. is a Christian-based, 501(c)(3) charitable organization, which helps hungry, hurting and homeless men, women and children get back to life. Its mission statement is “to minister to the spiritual and physical needs of the poor and hurting in Jesus’ name.” Tony’s vision has always been to help people. Since his arrival in 1990, its ministries have grown considerably to include:
Jessie’s Place, an intermediate shelter for women and children;
Royal Pines Center, a rural recovery program;
Mission Possible Bargain Centers, fundraising thrift stores;
Shepura Men Center’s relocation to the newly renovated old Thomas School, and its campus expansion including a chapel, dining hall, other buildings; and
The Stewart Learning Centers for education remediation and employment readiness, which helps men and women return to the workforce.
Under his leadership the Jimmie Hale Mission has become one of the most recognized and respected nonprofit organizations in Central Alabama.
Congratulations, Tony, on 20 years of faithful service and leadership!
Tony and Dale Cooper
If you too would like to send Tony a congratulatory note, you may email him at email@example.com Mission Staff
Everyone is blessed with a talent for something. Some people have a talent for cooking, while others may have a talent for drawing or public speaking. Students with the UAB School of Medicine wanted to share their talent for healing with those less-fortunate.
Men's Center clients Stephen & Kenny Men's Center client Wiley
get their blood sugar levels checked gets his blood pressure checked
Equal Access Birmingham, a student-run organization founded by UAB medical students, arrived at the Jimmie Hale Mission recently to share with others their healing touch. The medical students offered several services to the homeless men of the Jimmie Hale Mission such as blood pressure readings, blood glucose levels, BMI calculations. The students also provided educational health information to anyone who wanted to learn more about their health.
Stephen gets checked out by the students
We are so appreciative to the UAB medical students for taking time out of the busy schedules to share their talents with us. On that day, the homeless and hurting men of the Jimmie Hale Mission received a healthy dose of caring!by Mission Staff
A comedian once said, “I can resist anything but temptation.” Temptation is a real problem and a tool that the devil uses skillfully. Temptation is something that we all can identify with, and some deal with it better than others.
James 1:13-15 gives some spiritual insight regarding temptation. Temptation is universal. James 1:13 says, “When tempted…” meaning that we all will be tempted. Temptation is not from God. James 1:13 goes on to say,”…no one should say ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt any one.”
Temptation usually begins from within. James 1:14, “but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.” Temptation leads to sin; and sin, gives birth to death. James 1:15 says, “then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”
Two main things we learn about temptation. First, to be tempted does not equal sin, it is the yielding to temptation that leads to sin. Second, do not invite temptation by having the wrong desire. This supports the truth from the children’s church song that says, “be careful little mind, what you think.”
Temptation cannot be avoided, as even Jesus was tempted, but temptation can be overcome. James 4:7-9, 10 says, “Submit yourselves then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God, and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.”by Tony Cooper, Executive Director