Why Jimmie Hale?


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, 16-week, clinically-structured Christian group approach to helping residents understand and overcome the very issues that contribute to their addiction. In addition, each client works individually with a professional counselor throughout this 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. Genuine transformation begins here.

Jimmie Hale Mission offers:


Clinically-structured group process

vocation & education advancement

no-cost recovery for our clients

Active Recovery


Active Recovery teaches clients to battle unhealthy compulsions, develop a future story and make value-based decisions. This program treats both addiction and poverty by leading people beyond rescue and to fulfillment. Once an individual is drug free and has his needs met, they are then free to work on developing a better life.

 Active Recovery focuses on five core principles:

      • Understanding Addiction:  learning how the brain equates drug use with survival and chains us to our habits.
      • Dissecting Motivation:  discovering which motivators lead to healthy outcomes and which do not.
      • Life Plan:  developing a genuine, personal plan for physical, spiritual, mental, vocational and social health.
      • Identifying Values:  learning how to differentiate universal and practical values and use them as a tool to direct our actions.
      • Value-based Decision Making:  uncovering individual, practical values to direct decisions. Through practice we develop habits in decision-making that take us to a place of fulfillment.

Think you might have an addiction? This quick and easy self-assessment will offer you valuable insight.


Have you tried to stop using drugs or alcohol but couldn’t?


Has a family member or someone close to you expressed concern about your drinking and/or drug use?


Have your responsibilities at work, home or school suffered because of your use of drugs and/or alcohol?


Do you feel guilty about drinking or using drugs?


Have you lied to people about your drug and/or alcohol use?


Has your drinking or drug use caused you to suffer from sicknesses such as shaking, vomiting or paranoia?


Have you often thought that your life would be better without drug and/or alcohol use?


Do you find it difficult to have a good time without using substances?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, consider completing an application for Royal Pines.


P.O. BOX 10472


(205) 323-5878


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, after-school Bible clubs, recovery programs, and three learning centers. This charity is often misspelled Jimmy Hale Mission.

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