Founded in 1978, with a mission to serve poor and low-income persons in the Birmingham, Alabama area with programs of compassion and wholeness, Urban Ministry is the inner-city ministry of the United Methodist Church. Programs offered on a completely non-sectarian basis include:

The Joe Rush Center for Urban Mission - provides opportunities for groups nationwide to experience extended inner-city mission work by painting and repairing homes throughout Jefferson County

WE Community Café - a pay-as-you-can social enterprise café in the heart of a food desert which feeds men and women from all walks of life, and employs inner city interns to increase economic opportunity and professional development

WE Community Gardens - trains and employs young adults in areas of gardening, composting, and bee keeping to then sell fresh produce at an affordable price to those in need, also offering gardening classes, community events and providing sustenance for WE Community Café

Beeson Senior Services - provides transportation, medical support, utility and food assistance to seniors over 60 years old in need Urban Kids - offers youth a safe environment to excel academically, emotionally and socially after school and during the summer months

Food Assistance - offers lunch bags and food boxes to those in need Homelessness Prevention - offers case management, rapid rehousing, financial assistance and street outreach

Transportation Ministry - provides transportation to important appointments and necessary errands for those who qualify

Workforce and Life Skills Internship Program - employs young adults full-time for three-year work and professional development program, also offering needed social, emotional and personal enrichment support


With the support of staff, volunteers, funders and community partners, together these programs address the long-term causes and consequences of poverty creating opportunities for individuals to find wholeness as part of a healthy, supportive community.