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ABOUT US

OUR MISSION: First Stop encounters the homeless where they are, connects them to critical services and support, and empowers them toward independent sustainable living.

Homless Tent on Sidewalk

First Stop for the Homeless

First Stop partners with agencies in a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to offer case management, medical care, mental health care, and other services to the homeless community. Through Outreach efforts, our bustling Day Center, and comprehensive Case Management program, we help to provide a path out of homelessness. This approach is intentional in its focus on empowering (not enabling) the homeless community towards independent living. 

First Stop for the Community

For many in our community, First Stop serves as the initial point of contact when seeking to support the homeless population. As a central hub of compassion and assistance, individuals often turn to First Stop as their first step in making a difference.

Whether it’s donating a warm meal, volunteering your time, or donating critical supplies, First Stop provides a welcoming environment where community members can begin their journey of giving back. By reaching out to First Stop, individuals can ensure that their efforts are aligned with best practices and contribute to the collective mission of helping individuals out of homelessness.

Together with the City of Huntsville and other local organizations, First Stop facilitates meaningful pathways out of homelessness, making it the ideal starting point for anyone looking to make a positive impact in our community.

Volunteer group putting food in paper bags during the COVID-19 pandemic

Our Core Values

Compassion

The work of First Stop starts with true compassion for the misfortunate and often forgotten in our community. 

Respect

The work of First Stop centers around respect for our homeless clients. That respect is seen in the cleanliness of our facility and property, the quality of our services, and the attitude of our staff and volunteers. 

Excellence

The work of First Stop is driven by continuous improvement of our programs, partnerships and facilities with the single focus of helping as many individuals in the homeless community into independent housing. 

Board Officers

Tim Davis First Stop Board Member

Tim Davis

President

Craig Seabrook

1st Vice President

Saundra Carter

2nd Vice President

Bob Harwell

Treasurer

Taylor Reed

Secretary
Tim Davis First Stop Board Member

Tim Davis

Craig Seabrook

Saundra Carter

Bob Harwell

Taylor Reed

Board Members

Donald Christian

Director

Rodney Davis

Director

Paul Freeman

Director

Brittany Pinchon

Director

Donald Christian

Rodney Davis

Paul Freeman

Brittany Pinchon

Kelly Masters

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Jennifer Geist

Executive Director

First Stop History

First Stop was formed through a collaborative effort between the city of Huntsville and the Interfaith Mission Service in 2001 to serve and help the homeless population. As the organization’s mission became more refined, First Stop was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2008. In 2023, in order to better serve the growing homeless population and deepen agency partnerships, First Stop opened a new facility.