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Who We Are


  • First Light is an active member of a Continuum of Care called One Roof, which is the umbrella organization for homeless service providers in the greater Birmingham area and is the funnel through which these agencies receive federal funding.

    We attend monthly meetings, we interact and collaborate with the other agencies, and we participate in the annual project at Boutwell Auditorium, called Project Homeless Connect. This is an all day gathering of volunteers and agencies in one place--where the homeless can come to learn about programs and services available to them. First Light's staff always serves in the check-in process, as we are so familiar with the Homeless Management Information System through which our community keeps demographic records for community homeless families and individuals, which can be used to support appeals for federal grant monies.

  • Pathways has been collaborating with First Light since the shelter was located in the basement of First Presbyterian Church. The agency’s day center on Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N. provides lunch, access to their clothes closet and a variety of day programs for First Light’s guests.