• How does a church become a Partner Congregation of Firehouse Ministries?
    It's really easy! There are 4 simple steps each church must take to become a Partner Congregation.
    1. Pray for us, our mission, and the homeless men we serve.
    2. Send volunteers on a regular basis to one of our sites or programs to meet the needs of the homeless men we serve. Most churches send volunteers 1X/month. A few churches provide volunteers quarterly.
    3. Nominate and appoint a church member to serve as a representative on Firehouse Ministries' Advisory Council. Each church has a seat on the Advisory Council. Meetings are held quarterly.
    4. Allocate a portion of the church budget to be donated to the ministry at Firehouse Ministries. The most important thing financially is that it becomes a regular, consistent, budgeted mission line item. Sending a check monthly helps us greatly with our cash flow.
    Feeling led to get your church to become a Partner Congregation? Call Nicold Boomhover, Executive Director, today @ 205-252-9576. She would be thrilled to get you started!
  • Where does the bulk of your funding come from?
    In any given year, 67%-72% of our funding comes from public sources such as HUD Grants (Housing and Urban Development), ESG (Emergency Shelter Grants), FEMA Grants (Federal Emergency Management Assistance), ADECA ()and CDBG (Community Development Block Grants). 28%-33% of our funding comes from private sources such as churches, individuals, businesses, corporations, and foundations. Our goal is to achieve a 50/50 public/private split so that we are not weighted heavily in any one area. Thus, we have made it a primary goal to increase our funding from all private sources in the coming years. We are challenging all members of our community to increase their level of giving to our cause. Check out the GET INVOLVED section to learn how you can help us financially or DONATE NOW!
  • Isn’t Firehouse Ministries just a soup kitchen and a shelter?
    Absolutley not, and it hasn't been operating that way for years. Firehouse Ministries has grown considerably over the years. Today we operate 8 different sites, 7 of which provide housing to previously homeless men trying to put the pieces of their lives back together again. Make sure you check out the WHO WE ARE and WHAT WE DO Sections to learn about all the great things we do for the homeless population of Birmingham.
  • If I were to donate funds, how would my money used?
    Unless otherwise indicated, your funds will be used in the general operating budget. 9o.6% of every dollar donated sustains and helps us grow our programs and services that directly affect our men. Our IRS Form 990 is available for review, as required by law. Visit our Financials Tab to review the 2022 financial report.
  • How can I get involved?
    Visit our Get Involved section to find out ways to donate or volunteer. There is a TOP 10 LIST provided where you will likely see how your gifts and talents could be used to benefit the homeless men of our community. Perhaps the best way to GET INVOLVED is to INVITE A FRIEND WITH YOU so you can both enjoy the fruits of your labors! We look forward to seeing you soon!
  • What does Firehouse Ministries do?
    Firehouse Ministries supports homeless men in the Birmingham, AL metro area. We meet immediate food, shelter, clothing, and the personal hygiene needs for men who find themselves in crisis mode. Once we are able to determine what caused this particular homeless episode, we work very diligently and patiently to assist these men to achieve housing stability and their full potential as a person. For a list of specific programs and services we provide, visit our What We Do section.