Family Promise of Birmingham
(Formerly Birmingham Hospitality Network)
Birmingham Hospitality Network is an international ministry that provides homeless families overnight shelter, food, clothing and job skills to help them get back on their feet while they are out of their homes. In Birmingham, there are 13 host congregations that each house families four or five weeks out of the year. MBBC has been a generous host congregation over the past six years providing numerous overnight hosts to spend the night with our guests, preparing many hot meals to share with them, and helping with job leads, clothing needs, furnishing homes, and paying off insurmountable bills. FPB has a 90% success rate in getting homeless families back into permanent housing during their one month stay in the program.
Caring Hands Medical Apartments
Caring Hands Medical Apartments was begun by the Birmingham Baptist Association in 1984. The 14 furnished UAB medical apartments are located on the 7th floor of the Town House apartment building on 8th Avenue and 20th Street South. The Torchbearer and the Grace Nelson Sunday School classes each have sponsored and furnished an apartment. The volunteers furnish paper goods and linens and keep the pantry well stocked as well as making the guests feel welcome. The apartments are available to individuals or families with a relative in a local hospital, or as an outpatient, and rent for $12 a day.
Cornerstone School, serving students and their families since 1995, is an independent private school serving approximately 300 students from preschool through the 8th grade. Uniquely established in an urban location, the school’s purpose is to provide an excellent classroom education presented from a biblical world-view, emphasizing positive character development. The majority of students served by the Cornerstone ministry are from low-income families who would otherwise be unable to access or afford a private education for their children.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Several Habitat houses have been funded through MBBC, and numerous work teams have volunteered labor and furnishings.
Our church owns two missionary houses which are used to provide a home for our international missionaries who are on furlough from their field of service. Our Missionary House Committee keeps these houses in excellent condition so that our missionaries can be comfortable and enjoy their stay in our community. We benefit greatly from having these missionaries keep us updated about the progress of missions throughout the world.