Greater Birmingham Ministrieshttp://www.gbm.org
Greater Birmingham Ministries (GBM) is an ecumenical and interfaith organization in Birmingham, Alabama, with a forty year history of direct services and community organizing. Begun in 1969, GBM has sought to carry out a faith-based response to poverty by meeting people's emergency needs while also pursuing social and economic justice for all people. Today GBM is sponsored by sixteen Christian denominations as well as by Jewish and Unitarian congregations. GBM is supported in different ways by an even larger number of individuals, groups, organizations and denominations. From its very beginning GBM has carried on three basic areas of work and ministry in the community: Direct Services: providing financial help, personal assistance and support for families and individuals in crisis Systems Change/Economic Justice: seeking to listen to and work alongside low-income neighborhoods as they seek to improve their lives, their neighborhoods and the community. Faith in Community: helping the community to reflect faithfully on and understand current social realities, especially as they affect the poor and vulnerable.