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The heart behind the ministry of Red Mountain Grace is to provide a place to stay to those coming to Birmingham to receive critical medical treatment. “For many, we also serve as an extension of their family during some of their most difficult days,” explains Lizzi Wilkerson, Executive Director of Red Mountain Grace. Thanks to the many dedicated volunteers and donors, they experienced tremendous growth in 2018. Wilkerson shares that in the past year Red Mountain Grace has opened eight additional apartments, raising the number of apartments to 20, “In 2017 we were able to provide hospitality lodging to 64 families and with the new additions, we were able to give over 125 families a home away from home in 2018.” The ministry is also thrilled to announce the opening of two more apartments by February 2019. In addition to the huge growth, Red Mountain Grace also received the 2018 Birmingham Business Journal Nonprofit of the Year Award in their category.
“Faith is so important to us,” Wilkerson shares. That is why one of Red Mountain Grace’s core values is that the ministry’s foundation is built on Christ. Their staff and volunteers visit the families weekly and pray for them during some of their hardest times when everything seems somewhat hopeless.
While monetary donations are always welcome, there are so many additional ways in which volunteers can make a difference by partnering with Red Mountain Grace. “There are just so many ways to use people’s skills and talents. If volunteers love to cook, they can bring meals. If they love to knit, they can make hats. We try to really hone in on what each volunteer’s God-given ability is and use that,” says Wilkerson. A key way in which volunteers can help support Red Mountain Grace is through becoming an “Apartment Adopter.” Wilkerson shares that a small group, company, family, friend group or church can join together to sponsor an apartment each month and make a lasting impact on a family in need. Another way to help Red Mountain Grace is to become an “Ambassador,” who is a volunteer who visits with the patients and families in the hospital. Red Mountain Grace also uses volunteers to help clean the apartments in between families. To learn more about how you can serve as part of Red Mountain Grace visit www.redmountaingrace.com or email [email protected].
Save the Date!
Widespread Grace, Red Mountain Grace’s annual fundraising event, will be held on October 1, 2019 at The Haven. This year’s guest speakers will be Samford University graduates, Katherine and Jay Wolf, authors of the book Hope Heals, A True Story of Overwhelming Loss and Overcoming Love. At the age of 26, Katherine had a massive brainstem stroke. Read about her and Jay’s journey at www.hopeheals.com. For more details about the event visit www.redmountaingrace.com or email [email protected].