How You Can Help



We would love to have you volunteer to help serve meals to our clients. Your presence, a smile, and an encouraging word can really be a highlight in a person’s day. We serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day in our dining hall. Volunteers assemble food plates in a cafeteria-style service.

While our kitchen staff usually prepares the meals that our volunteers serve, our guests are also welcome to provide the meal they serve! This is a great opportunity for families, church groups, businesses, and college or community organizations to get involved with meeting the nutritional needs of our clients while also engaging with them. Our clients love home-cooked meals, but many volunteers bring catering platters or family meals from local restaurants as well!

We schedule between three and six volunteers per meal. However, we are limiting involvement to between two and four people while COVID-19 remains a health concern.

Please allow an hour when you schedule a service time. For those preparing a meal, please prepare enough for 100 men – and they will happily take second helpings if there’s enough to go around 🙂


Breakfast volunteers should arrive no later than 6:10 a.m.

Lunch volunteers should arrive by 10:50 a.m.

Dinner volunteers should arrive no later than 4:40 p.m.

Individuals or groups preparing meals will have additional requirements. These will be explained during the information and scheduling process.

Click the LEARN MORE button below to find out additional details about serving or bringing a meal. If you are a returning volunteer or would like to go ahead and reserve a day and time, please click on the SCHEDULE button below or call Terry Preston at 205-323-5878.


The mentoring program at our men’s center is a relationship-building plan that partners current clients with volunteers from the community in hopes of generating conversation, understanding, encouragement, and support for everyone involved.

Most volunteers and students meet once a week during breakfast, lunch, or dinner, while some pairs choose to talk more frequently.

Mentors are not asked to “fix” the clients, rather simply be Christian influences through fellowship, listening, and laughter on a consistent basis. We have countless students waiting to be partnered with a mentor. Will you help?

To find out more about this exciting new program please click on the button below, or call Terry Preston at (205) 323-5878


Are you looking for an opportunity to share the Gospel? We regularly need volunteers to come and share an encouraging message to help serve the spiritual needs of our clients.

If you are interested in leading a chapel service, or if you would like more information on this opportunity, please click on the button below or call Terry Preston at 205-323-5878.


Donation Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 10472
Birmingham, AL 35202

Men's Center Location:
3420 2nd Ave. N.
Birmingham, AL 35222

Downtown Jimmie Hale Mission, Inc. is a Christian-based, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, which includes a homeless shelter for men, a shelter for women and children, recovery programs, and three learning centers. This charity is often misspelled Jimmy Hale Mission. Federal Tax ID: 63-0358757


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