Cooperative Downtown Ministries

The Firehouse Shelter received a grant for $150,000 towards their capital campaign for a new shelter. The Firehouse Shelter provides emergency shelter to homeless men, case management, transitional housing, and permanent housing, a clothing closet and daily meals for men, women and children. With their current facility being a 110 year old building, the Firehouse Shelter was faced with many challenges.  Space was limited for overnight guests, there was no handicap accessibility, and not enough bathrooms and showers.  The program serves over 5000 individuals a year and the space was no longer able to handle the demands.  A new building was designed in order for them to better serve the homeless population.  The new $5.6 million dollar facility will have 124 beds for overnight stay, plenty of restrooms, and an inside area where guests can wait for meals and services instead of standing outside in the elements.  There is a beautiful greenspace planned where they can enjoy the outdoors, a family space for homeless families, a set of rooms designated for youth ages 18 to 24, and access to health care that will be provided on site by UAB.  This new facility will allow the staff to better serve and meet the needs of this vulnerable population.