At Dayspring we define ministry as “a self-consuming activity, where-by we come fact-to-face with those who are rotting away or overwhelmed by darkness, and meet their needs.” We believe that Jesus’ call to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16) necessitates that we minister to people–and that this is best accomplishes outside the church’s four walls. The following list is intended to provide people with some possible avenues in which they can be salt and light.
CHRISTIAN MINISTRY PARTNERS WHERE YOU CAN SERVE:
YOUTH REACH – GULF COAST
Youth-Reach operates a series of Christian foster group homes in Summerdale, Alabama that are designed to turn around the lives of at-risk youth, ages 12-21. Set in a structure of a balanced family and home life, Youth-Reach concentrates on developing character, responsibility, and a strong work-ethic. They are committed to addressing the mental, physical, and spiritual needs of this generation’s hurting young people. It is in an effort to reach and teach the homeless, damaged, and troubled young men with skills that will enable them to be successful in today’s society. Assistance is needed in mentoring as well as ongoing development of their property and construction of additional facilities.
Location: Summerdale, Alabama
Contact: (251)967-4809 email: email@example.com
THE RANSOM CAFE
The Ransom Cafe is a ministry that operates like a restaurant. With no set prices, the Cafe seeks to combat physical and spiritual hunger. They execute this task through serving quality food to those in need of it, helping others learn about food preparation, assisting in job preparedness, participating in community missions, and performing acts of service. You can help by donating foods, or by volunteering to serve at the Cafe. You can also help by eating lunch at the Cafe and donating generously as you do.
Location: The Hanger (on Airport Blvd), 7485 Airport Boulevard
Contact: Matt Armbruster (251) 751-0044, firstname.lastname@example.org
INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES CENTER
The International Ministries Center ministers to Seafarers in the Port of Mobile. A great way to participate in foreign missions at home! Your group can pick an evening, either Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays and bring food, drinks, and a devotion (if you like) to approximately 10 men. Or if you like to play basketball, come build relationships with a group of men who play every Tuesday and Thursday at the center.
Location: 605 Texas Place
Contact: Buddy Brents (251) 433-7953
Website: : www.mobilebaptists.org (under “Ministries”)
WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER
Faith-based ministry providing assistance, encouragement, and unconditional love to women and families facing unplanned pregnancies. Their goal is always to help women and families make healthy and responsible decisions concerning themselves and their unborn children. Volunteers are needed in the office, newsletters and mail-outs assistance, and peer counseling (trained by Sav-A-Life).
Locations: 718 Downtowner Loop W (Mobile) & 1088 Industrial Parkway (Saraland)
Contact: Martha LeGros (251)660-8035 or (251)490-1907
The only overnight shelter for single, homeless women in all of Mobile, Washington, and Baldwin counties. In two years, more than 500 women sought refuge here-away from the threat of violence. Group or individuals are needed nightly to bring dinner to the shelter. It’s simple: you choose the menu, prepare the meal at home, then bring it to the shelter around 6 pm. Please prepare enough to feed 25 women and include paper products and utensils.
Location: Broad St. (Call for specific address)
Contact: Christine Greene (251)432-1122 or email@example.com
VICTORY HEALTH PARTNERS
Victory Health Partners provides a continuum of affordable quality care for the low income, uninsured population of the greater Mobile area. Victory does not accept insurance or any government funding, but instead is funded by tax deductible contributions from supporters. Victory is truly a community partnership of people from diverse backgrounds banding together in friendship and love to provide healthcare to fellow citizens of this great community. Dispensary Aides, Patient Assistance Aides, Office Aides, Data Entry, Physicians Assistants, Marketing Assistants, special events assistants as well as ground helpers are all needed.
Location: 3750 Professional Parkway
Contact: Stephanie Jackson (251)460-2928
LIGHT OF THE VILLAGE
Located in Alabama Village, this area is unlike other communities, where the lack of faith, love and hope result in an unpleasant reality. Gang life, drug sales, and violence are common here. However, because of this ministry’s location in the heart of this neighborhood, they have the opportunity to reflect Christ’s light in an otherwise dark community. Tutors are needed during the day to help at the Light of the Village Academy. After school care is provided from 3:30 – 5:00 on Tuesday and Thursday and volunteers are needed to play and supervise the children. The Summer months offer free Day Camp and Bible School for the children. Teenagers as well as adults are needed to assist. Every Sunday, church services are held at LOV at 11:00 and groups are needed to come and play with children outside so that teenagers and adults can listen to preaching. Lunch is always provided after the services and your group may wish to provide the lunch for the approximately 40 children and 20 adults who attend.
Location: Baldwin Dr. Prichard, AL
Contact: Vallie Stanford 445-6971 or firstname.lastname@example.org
HOME OF GRACE FOR WOMEN
Home of Grace for Women provides a comprehensive alcohol and drug recovery program for females ages 18 and up. They provide a 12-week residential program that embraces all aspects of addiction and recovery, including spirituality. Their goal is to help addicted females recover from their addiction, be restored with their families, encourage them to further their education as appropriate, and to live a life that is chemically free. Female volunteers are needed in many different areas.
Location: 394 Aldock Rd. Eight Mile, AL
Contact: Heidi Vance 605-1704 or email@example.com
MISSION OF HOPE (MEN) HAVEN OF HOPE (WOMEN)
Mission of Hope Ministries is a three month, in care, Christian program designed to minister to men and women who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. The program for men is called Mission of Hope and the one for women, Haven of Hope. This ministry does not charge for their services and is totally funded by churches, businesses and individuals who have a heart for helping those who are suffering from addictions. Ladies may volunteer through the Ladies Auxiliary. This is a group of volunteers from area churches who help to “add a woman’s touch” to this ministry. They meet the first Thursday of the month at the Mission of Hope at 10 am. Haven of Hope needs women to volunteer to teach Bible studies and would like for different groups to provide their chapel services.
Location: Ask for Directions
Contact: Kay Christian (251)649-0830 Kay.Christian@missionofhopeministries.net about Ladies Auxilary and Jeanne Harred about Haven of Hope (251)649-0830
SENIOR NUTRITION PROGRAM
The Senior Nutrition Program helps senior citizens, 60 and older, in a specific income range, who are in need of food assistance. The program presently serves 300 seniors each month. Each month, a senior receives over $80 worth of goods and grocery items, boxed and delivered to them. Volunteers come together at Dayspring, generally on the third Monday of the month to assemble the boxes to get them ready for distribution. They begin assembly around 4 pm.
Contact: Lisa Davis (251)895-6967
OTHER ORGANIZATIONS WHERE YOU CAN BRING A CHRISTIAN PRESENCE
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
A non-profit, ecumenical, Christian housing ministry, HFHMC is dedicated to eliminating poverty housing as a matter of conscience and action. Habitat builds simple, descent houses in partnership with people in need in the community. Through donations of time, materials, and investments, Habitat houses are sold to families at no profit, financed with affordable no-interest loans. Skilled and unskilled labor is need for all phases of home building. Volunteers may also provide lunches for work site volunteers, or help in the Habitat office.
Location: Different Locations
Contact: Gretchen (251)476-4183
MOBILE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
In Mobile County, there are approximately 600 children in foster care. These children need a safe, stable, and nurturing environment to live in until they can either safely return to their parents or establish other lifelong family relationships. No matter how much time you have, you can make a difference. You have the power to do something positive that will change the life of a young person in foster care. Perhaps you can open you heart and your home to a child in need.
Location: Mobile County Department of Human Resources
Contact: Tonja Smith (251)450-9150 or (251)450-9464
PASCO provides a safe and faith based transition for those who have struggled through addiction. PASCO promotes success by offering a healthy and structured environment to move forward. More info may be obtained by visiting their website at www.thepascohome.com or by contacting them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dream Center Mobile is a faith based, non-profit outreach ministry that focuses on children living in high-risk environments in the center of poverty, violence, and hopelessness. For volunteer info, go to their website, www.dreamcenter.org or call 251 452-8812.
ALABAMA BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOME-MOBILE
Over the past 125 years, Alabama Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries has been protecting, nurturing, and restoring children and families in Alabama. Contact the Mobile office at 251 639-1022 or email@example.com to see how you may be of service.
September Mission Opportunities
Each Week – “The Dayspring Stitchers” meet Tuesday,10am-12noon (contact Beverly Glenn, 895-2735) & Wednesday, 6-8pm (contact Judy Purcell, 404-7435). Knit, crochet, loom & quilt (or learn how) for missions.
Sept. 12, 26 – Harvest-of-Hope Garden 6pm – 7:30pm. and Sept. 2, 9, 23 7am – 10am. Volunteers work at the on campus garden behind the Shack. Bring work gloves. Contact: Lisa Davis, 895-6967
Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26 – Feed the homeless at St. Louis Street Bapt. Church. Meet in the Dayspring kitchen at 6pm before carpooling downtown. Contact Rob Hartmann, 633-0250
Sept. 5, 12, 19 (4:30) – PASCO Home (transitional home for men) – A hot meal will be delivered and served at the home. Volunteers meet at the Dayspring kitchen. Contact: Rob Hartmann, 633-0250
Sept. 11 – Senior Nutrition and Wellness Program, 9 -11am, Fellowship Hall; Volunteers sort & package nonperishables for prequalified senior citizens. Contact: Lisa Davis, 895-6967
Sept. 11 & 12 – Senior Nutrition and Wellness Program, 6-7:30pm; Sort & package, Fellowship Hall
Sept. 13 – Senior Nutrition and Wellness Program Distribution, 8-11am, Fellowship Hall
Sept. 13 – We serve lunch at the Light of the Village on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. If interested in helping, meet at the church kitchen at 11am. We arrive back at the church around 1pm. Contact Rob Hartmann, 633-0250