Greater Birmingham Ministries (GBM) was founded in 1969 in response to urgent human and justice needs in the greater Birmingham area. GBM is a multi-faith, multi-racial organization that provides emergency services for people in need and engages the poor and the non-poor in systemic change efforts to build a strong, supportive, engaged community and pursue a more just society for all people.
GBM has three basic areas of work in the community:
- Serving People: Providing financial help, food and clothing and support for families and individuals in crisis, and connecting their daily struggles with systemic and structural injustice;
- Building Community: Working with faith communities of Birmingham and Alabama to expand beyond direct human services to serve as allies in organizing efforts.
- Pursuing Justice: Working alongside low-income neighborhoods and people as they organize to improve their lives and the community. They become informed and engaged, work creatively with institutions that affect them, become effective collaborative decision-makers, and work to develop viable solutions for the future of their families and communities;