Jimmie Hale Mission


For more than 75 years the ministry has helped restore and transform thousands of lives by addressing homelessness and addiction through the love of Jesus Christ and the generosity of people in our community and across the great state of Alabama.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Jimmie Hale Mission
PO Box 10472
Birmingham, AL 35202

Website: jimmiehalemission.com

Phone: 205-323-5878

Email: info@jimmiehalemission.com

Organization details

EIN: 630358757

CEO/President: Michael Coleman

Chairman: Joe Daniel and JaFreda Brown

Board size: 16

Founder: Jimmie and Jessie Davis

Year founded: 1946

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


For three-quarters of a century the Jimmie Hale Mission has been helping men afflicted by homelessness in downtown Birmingham through education remediation, job readiness and spiritual support.

However, recent statistics reveal that more than 90 percent of the homeless population in our community is plagued by substance abuse. To combat this, the Mission has shifted its focus from rescue to recovery. By addressing these deeper challenges we can help our clients once again become self-sufficient and productive citizens.

Our Active Recovery program is an in-depth, clinically-structured Christian group approach to helping residents understand and overcome the very issues that contribute to their substance abuse. In addition, each client works individually with a professional counselor throughout this 13 to 15-week process.

We also provide residents with an educational curriculum through our Stewart Learning Centers that includes adult basic education, GED preparation and workplace skill sets as well as training for accredited short-term certificates, industry-based certifications and collegiate enrollment.

This dynamic approach to recovery and independence is offered for free to those in need. Our mission is to transform adults directly affected by homelessness, poverty-thinking, and/or addiction, into those who lead healthy, self-sufficient, and productive lives for the glory of God.

Mission statement

To minister to the spiritual and physical needs of the poor and hurting in Jesus' name.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating627 of 767121 of 146
Fund acquisition rating512 of 76893 of 146
Resource allocation rating740 of 768143 of 146
Asset utilization rating337 of 76774 of 146

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$0$0
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,270,869$3,706,850$4,018,325$3,335,788$2,627,919
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$8,614,233$8,889,973$9,148,933$9,344,703$9,642,782
Other long-term assets$36,797$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$8,651,030$8,889,973$9,148,933$9,344,703$9,642,782
Total assets$11,921,899$12,596,823$13,167,258$12,680,491$12,270,701
Payables and accrued expenses$0$0$0$0$0
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$1,211,230$1,268,348$1,323,370$1,376,373$1,551,858
Total liabilities$1,211,230$1,268,348$1,323,370$1,376,373$1,551,858
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$10,710,669$11,328,475$11,843,888$11,304,118$10,718,843
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$6,808,188$7,423,014$8,947,366$8,786,606$8,932,587
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$73,808$35,554($3,781)$2,151$823
Other revenue($2,179)$12,160($25,817)($3,221)($49,155)
Total other revenue$71,629$47,714($29,598)($1,070)($48,332)
Total revenue$6,879,817$7,470,728$8,917,768$8,785,536$8,884,255
Program services$4,519,998$5,121,736$5,630,818$5,552,804$5,930,971
Management and general$2,096,942$2,045,436$1,944,809$1,913,805$1,813,504
Total expenses$7,497,623$7,986,141$8,377,998$8,200,261$8,640,264
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($617,806)($515,413)$539,770$585,275$243,991
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($617,806)($515,413)$539,770$585,275$243,991


Tony CooperExecutive Di$162,455

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2019

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In the late 30s and early 40s Jimmie Hale was known as the town drunk, but he eventually gave his life to Christ and began rewriting his story. Armed with a desire to share God's life-changing love with others and to help those walking where he had, Jimmie set out to create a place where homeless men could find encouragement and hope.

Jimmie soon married Miss Jessie Davis, a school teacher from Moundville, Alabama, and the couple founded the Mission on March 25, 1944. Lives weren't the only thing the 39-year-old was hoping to help reinvent as the first location was the same building where he had sold his last drink as a bartender.

Sadly, Jimmie passed away just eight months later due to health complications, leaving behind a 27-year-old pregnant widow. Jessie refused to forfeit her commitment to the dream she and her husband shared, however, and her resolve would prove to be the foundation on which the Mission would stand for generations to come. Jessie was an incredible woman of faith and dedication and ultimately kept the facility alive for more than a decade on her own before God called Leo Shepura to the work. In 1954, the duo served the first meal on Thanksgiving Day and began housing overnight guests. They would go on to lead one of the city's most impactful non-profit organizations for 36 years. Tony Cooper was named executive director in 1990 and he helped expand the Mission's influence and outreach through the addition of numerous facilities and programs in his 29 years at the helm.

Royal Pines, a residential addiction recovery center for men opened in 1995 on 75 tranquil acres in Hayden, Alabama. Just three years later, women and children facing homelessness and other hardships began finding hope and empowerment at Jessie's Place downtown. After a three-year site expansion and renovation of the old Thomas School building, the men's center relocated from the corner on 24th Street North to the current campus in 2007. The new facility allows the Mission to house more clients and includes a chapel and administration building. The ribbon cutting for the first Mission Possible Bargain Center, a thrift store aimed at providing financial support for the ever-growing ministry, took place in 2000. Nineteen years and five locations later, the Mission transferred ownership of the stores to King's Home, another local non-profit. Discovery Clubs, after-class Bible programs for children in 30 Birmingham-area public elementary schools, came into the fold in 2012. In November of 2019, the board of directors selected Michael Coleman to lead the Mission into its next chapter.

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