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1501 Third Ave North
PO Box 11722

Alabama 35202

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The Cooperative Downtown Ministries opened The Old Firehouse Shelter on December 21, 1983 to minister to homeless men. The shelter is located in the historic Fire Station #6 of the Birmingham Fire Department on 15th Street and 3rd Avenue North. When the need for housing the homeless in the downtown area reached the crisis stage, the Greater Birmingham Ministries formed a Shelter Work Group. With the cooperation of the city and the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District, the vacant fire station was made available. From this Shelter Work Group, the Cooperative Downtown Ministries (CDM), a not-for-profit organization, was formed in May 1984. CDM, a coalition of churches representing eleven denominations, acts as the administrative body for The Old Firehouse Shelter.

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We have volunteered at the Firehouse Shelter for fifteen years. The staff are well organized and efficient when we plan. They are friendly and helpful. The experience is always positive. The men we serve are always polite and appreciative. The recent improvements in the kitchen and storage ... more »
I appreciate the way the Firehouse operates. The men who use it must abide by the rules that allow it to function effectively, yet the atmosphere is friendly and easy for the men. Volunteers like me always feel appreciated and welcomed. Some of the men work their way through kitchen duty, which ... more »
I have been involved with the Firehouse Shelter for over 12 years serving meals to homeless men in the shelter. I am always amazed at the demeanor of the men; even though they may be at a troubled place in their lives, they are always so friendly and appreciative of the meals we provide, they are ... more »
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