Monthly Archives: December 2012

One Story At A Time: Hillary


“I WAS a 22 year old single mom of two kids with no job and no place to live. NOW, the kids are in a great school system and daycare, I have a great job, and we have a safe place to live. It’s because of the Urban Purpose supporters that this has been possible. Things have really turned around for our family.”

Hillary Hinton with kids, Bailey (left) and Jaxon (right) 

Age 22 – From Bessemer, AL

Loan Specialist at BBVA Compass


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One Story At A Time: Josh

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“I WAS living a lost and hopeless life. I was surrounded by a bad environment and constantly making bad choices. Urban Purpose has helped me out a great deal. NOW today I’m happy to say God has completely transformed my life. My family is being restored and I have an amazing job! Everyday is a blessing and I thank all you guys with Urban Purpose!”

Josh Beam

Age 26 – From Jasper, AL 

Electrician Assistant at Marathon Electrical Contractors

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One Story At A Time: Cheavez


“I WAS lost and looking up to older thugs and had no sense of direction. The ministry helped show me a new way to live. NOW I have friends I would have never chosen on my own. They are the ones God wants me to have. I have more of a desire to be a man of God and I’m in a better place than I ever thought I could be.”

Cheavez Cooper

Age 26 – From Decatur, AL

Laborer at HOAR Construction

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Sunday Rewind: Eric Overton

My daughter, Lindsay, and I were familiar with Urban Purpose through our church, Shades Mountain Baptist.  Each Sunday, at 2:30 a group of volunteers meet in the parking lot of our church to go and help serve a meal.  Urban Purpose made it so easy to get involved.  We didn’t have to sign up ahead of time; all we had to do was show up.   Lindsay and I have participated two times in the last month or so and while I was a little nervous the first time, the second time I was more comfortable.  I just didn’t know what to expect going in.  Once again, Urban Purpose makes it easy.  All you have to do is just pitch in where you feel comfortable.  It may be handing out napkins or picking up trash, or engaging someone in a conversation or just sharing a smile. 
Also, I love simplicity of this ministry opportunity.  Urban Purpose is meeting a basic need, by giving a hot meal to someone who is hungry.  Hopefully relationships will form and individuals will be drawn closer to Christ, but Urban Purpose does a great job of meeting a need and sharing the love of Christ through actions, not just words.   I encourage you to come see what Urban Purpose is doing and see for yourself how real needs are being met each week.

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