Over the past 25 years, a lot has changed, but Tony Cooper, Executive Director of the Jimmie 2_edited-1Hale Mission still remains “A Man of the Mission.”

August 19th will mark Mr. Cooper’s 25th anniversary as Director of the Mission.  Since taking over the Mission in 1990, Mr. Cooper has helped expand the Mission tremendously.  Below are just some of the great things that have occurred under Tony’s regime:

– In 1995, the Royal Pines Recovery Center was opened in Blount County to help those struggling with addiction.

– In 1998, Jessie’s Place, named in honor of Ms. Jessie, was opened as a safe and loving shelter to help women and children in need.

– In 2007, the Shepura Men’s Center was relocated to its new (and current) location at 3420 2nd Avenue N., near Sloss Furnace and the Birmingham Water Works.

– In 2012, Discovery Clubs was brought under the umbrella of the Mission’s ministries, to help spread the Gospel message to children in public schools.

– Over the years, the Mission has also opened numerous fundraising thrift stores and three Stewart Learning Centers to help men and women get back to work and back to life.

The Jimmie Hale Mission is proud to have such a wonderful leader here and in the city of Birmingham.

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