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Spring Break Missions


During the first weekend of April we had the privilege of spending time and serving with some of the youth from Shades Mountain Baptist Church. Each year, Shades plans different spring break trips for their students to be a part of that are missions focused. Urban Purpose has been one of these opportunities for around five years now and we have enjoyed leading these young men and women in serving those in need.

The students were able to love and serve this community of people in many different ways this weekend. We served a meal at Brother Bryan Mission- a recovery program we partner with and trust- and spent time with some of the men in the program. We served two separate meals in downtown Birmingham to many homeless people in the area. They were eager and willing to sit and talk with these men and women to learn more about them. They were also able to serve the poor by doing their laundry at University Laundromat on Saturday morning. This was a new avenue of service for Urban Purpose, and we were thankful to have so many people there to help with this outreach!


A big part of our spring break trip is having the students understand more about what the men and women we work with go through on a daily basis. To do this, we invited one of the amazing counselors we partner with to talk about mental illness and how this affects their lives. We were also able to hear from one of the men that lead our Safe House by helping guys stay clean and sober as they reach towards recovery.12672158_1336524603030198_630970293052026952_o

All of these experiences gave these high school students and their parents a great deal of insight into the daily workings of Urban Purpose. We are thankful for their involvement and desire to reach out to the poor and needy in Birmingham. Our prayer is that what they heard and saw will lead to more than just a weekend trip, but that it will lead to a lifestyle of loving the poor.


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Day 10: Help We All Need

Over the years we have learned a great deal more about how to help the type of people we work with. While many of their problems are physical, material and pressing issues, time and time again we notice the mental instability that accompanies these main problems. In most situations, this instability is caused by their past and the inability to work through that in a healthy manner. This can create a very big problem for their future. One way that we have chosen to help them work through these problems is through providing professional counseling on a weekly basis. This has been such a useful outlet for us as we are trying to get to know people better, which includes where they have been and where they want to go.


When you work with the population of people marked by homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, physical and mental abuse, and many other tough issues, it’s easy to get lost in the chaos and tragedy of it all. Everyone needs help, and Urban Purpose is far from being above that. It is all thanks to our generous partners in the ministry that we are even able to provide this as a good option for people. PRI is just one of the resources that we have used and trust the woman that helps us whole-heartedly. We are incredibly thankful for this and at times would be lost without their help!

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Urban Purpose is based on developing genuine, long-term relationships centered on the gospel. God has blessed us financially and as Urban Purpose grows, so do our expenses. We need you to join us in ministering to Birmingham’s broken and needy by being a monthly donor.  Will you support our ministry?


Your monthly support helps us provide people in our city with:

  • temporary and long-term housing
  • counseling
  • medical care
  • mental healthcare
  • drug and alcohol recovery
  • employment opportunities

Current monthly donors give from $10-$325 a month. Any amount you commit to give helps us to meet our goal of 40 donors in 40 days, averaging $40 each.


We ask you to consider joining us in ministering to the homeless and needy in Birmingham by supporting us on a monthly basis.


Here’s how you can give: 

  • Set up monthly recurring payments through your bank
  • Click here to set up monthly online payments through our secure PayPal account
  • Mail us a monthly check at: Urban Purpose, PO Box 660373, Vestavia, AL 35266

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