Mission: Motivated by God’s love for all people and Christ’s command to care for the vulnerable, Sowing Seeds of Hope exists to promote collaborative, holistic, sustainable community development that benefits the residents of Perry County, Alabama.
Results: Sowing Seeds of Hope was founded by a group of visionary leaders who believed that the future of Perry County could be as rich as its Black Belt soil. In 2002 and 2003, Sowing Seeds of hope helped families understand and apply for AllKids, Alabama's free state-sponsored children's health insurance. We helped ten times more of Perry County's children become insured. In 2004, the McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford University partnered with us to create our groundbreaking Rural Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Clinic, which still provides weekly monitoring for Perry County residents with hypertension. Our efforts to provide free vision and hearing screening to every student in Perry County were replicated statewide in 2008 by Governor Bob Riley’s Alabama Rural Action Commission. In 2009, the Sowing Seeds of Hope Self-Help Housing program helped its first family complete a home, becoming Alabama's first successful USDA Mutual Self-Help Housing in over two decades. In 2012, DaVita Dialysis opened its doors in Marion after Sowing Seeds of Hope fought to change the regulations that prohibited End Stage Renal Disease facilities from operating in areas more than ten miles from a hospital. Sowing Seeds of Hope is currently working to bring a hospital to Perry County, to strengthen families, help families improve their living conditions, and provide long-term solutions to the challenges facing the Alabama Black Belt.
Target demographics: promote collaborative, holistic community development
Geographic areas served: Perry County, Alabama
Programs: community health fairs, diabetes support groups, hypertension clinics, parenting classes, computer workshops, reading initiatives, home repairs, and USDA Mutual Self-Help Housing.