That’s the number of child abuse incidents reported in Alabama last year. We are called to embrace and nurture vulnerable children and at-risk families and believe all children have the right to be raised in a safe and nurturing environment with a strong support system that helps them grow and thrive. That’s why our ministry cares for children who have been neglected, abused or abandoned by providing them with homes, healing, and hope. We also help at-risk families address harmful behavior prior to being able to continue to parent their children.
Together, we can create a brighter future for children and families across our state by being an extension of God’s unconditional love. Will you help us change their future by giving to Embrace Alabama Kids?
Governor Kay Ivey has proclaimed April 11-17 as “Embrace Alabama Kids Week.” Beginning Friday, April 9, we’ll be celebrating with community paintings and events held throughout the state. As art has a way of bringing people together through curiosity and appreciation, we’re bringing together donors, community leaders, churches and others to participate in community mural paintings in order to bring awareness to the need for embracing and nurturing Alabama’s vulnerable children. The mural events will take place on the following dates with all murals being transported to Montgomery for a final unveiling on Wednesday, April 14. We hope you will safely join us outdoors for a painting or unveiling near you!
Mobile Painting: Friday, April 9 from 4-8 pm at Spot of Tea on Cathedral Square during the LODA ArtWalk
Birmingham Painting: Saturday, April 10 from 10 am – 1 pm at MAKEBhm in Avondale
Montgomery Mural Unveiling: Wednesday, April 14 from 11 – 11:30 am at 420 Clay St. in Downtown Montgomery
Volunteer to Paint a Mural
In Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and Mobile, local neighbors and volunteers will “paint by numbers” under the guidance of a local artist to complete a large mural piece. The piece will eventually travel to Montgomery where it will become part of one large mural to be unveiled before city and state officials during Embrace Alabama Kids Week, symbolizing our communities uniting to support God’s children who need it most.
Would you like to get involved?
We are happy for you to stop by or join us for part of the event, but if you are interested in volunteering to paint, we ask that you sign up for a one-hour slot via our brief survey.
Please contact Rebecca Morris at 205-837-0141 or email@example.com for more information.
Mary Ellen’s Hearth (MEH) at Nellie Burge Community Center, a ministry focused on serving homeless women and children, is now an affiliate of the Embrace Alabama Kids.
As a result of the affiliation, Embrace Alabama Kids will carry out the day-to-day operations at the ministry’s Montgomery-based facility that provides safe living space for ten homeless moms and up to 20 children. While addressing the adversity these mothers face in regaining their independence, they’re provided a safe home along with their children.
With collaboration and synergy as the driving forces that brought both organizations into a series of discussions, it was soon determined that they could make a greater impact and further their respective missions by working together. Both ministries have Methodist roots and both have wide-ranging support across Central Alabama.
“Mary Ellen’s Hearth’s mission and values are closely aligned with ours,” said Dr. Blake Horne, Embrace Alabama Kids President & CEO. “We are both faith-based organizations with Methodist roots and share a focus on providing homes, healing and hope to vulnerable populations.”
With this impactful program becoming a part of Embrace Alabama Kid’s continuum of services, Embrace Alabama Kids says donors who choose to give to its ministry can know their support extends further than it did before. With the stage set for a fruitful affiliation, the future of Mary Ellen’s Hearth is much more promising even amidst a hard-hit economy.
“We look forward to being able to provide additional staff and programming resources that weren’t previously available to Mary Ellen’s Hearth,” said Dr. Horne. “At the end of the day, it’s about serving the vulnerable and sharing God’s unconditional love, and we couldn’t be more optimistic about expanding our ability to do that through this new affiliation.”
Mary Ellen’s Hearth at Nellie Burge Community Center is funded in part by the River Region United Way, community partners and individual donors.