In May 2012, The Firehouse Shelter broke ground in the Smithfield Neighborhood (just west of I-65 in downtown Birmingham). Dunn Construction, the City of Birmingham, Girl Scout Troop #333 from Hoover, and many other volunteers led an effort to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to the diet of the men staying at the Shelter or living in the neighborhood.
We have utilized the garden to reach out to many of our men suffering from addiction or mental illness in a therapeutic way. These men visit the site 2X-3X/week to weed, water, plant seeds and/or harvest the recent crop of fruits and vegetables.
Eventually, we hope to open a community garden stand where these fresh foods can be sold to the people living in the Smithfield Neighborhood and downtown Birmingham area. We could employ some of the men living in our housing programs and help them increase their income and self-image along the way. We are reaching out to volunteers, businesses and church groups who want to partner with us in this unique and therapeutic endeavor!
Join us as we continue our fight to end the hunger issues facing our community!