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Seeing the Bigger Picture

Statistics have a reputation for being dull and abstract. Every student in math class has had that moment of grumbling to themselves, wondering when or if they are going to use what they have learned in the real world. It can often seem like demographics and population samples reduce people to numbers, but those numbers…

Darryl’s Story

  At First Stop, we recognize the importance of a person’s story. Their name, their life, and the specific circumstances that led them to where they are. Darryl is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Reserves. He was also homeless. ⁠ If you’ve donated a meal or volunteered with First Stop, you’ve probably…

What Can Your Donation Do?

Give Monthly Everything Just $50 a month can mean the world to a homeless individual—20 hot showers, 50 one-way bus passes, regular meals, clothing for their next interview, etc. And to many of us, $50 could just be the equivalent of a lunch delivery service, 1-2 lattes per week, or a quick meal for the…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Rosie Veal Eby

Hi, First Stop friends! Meet Rosie! ⁠ Rosie has been volunteering with First Stop for the past four years. When she was in seminary, she began thinking about ways to reach people with church in the outside world. She was inspired by the Community of St. Joseph—a church that brings services to the homeless camps…

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Greg’s Story

Meet Greg. Until March of 2022, Greg had been homeless for nearly eight years. But at First Stop, we know that homeless doesn’t mean hopeless and that it takes consistency and trust to help someone back into independent living. Hannah, one of our Case Managers, first met Greg in the summer of 2021. Through regular…

2021 In Review

Year In Review: 2021 From Our Executive Director As I write this letter, it’s hard for me to believe that I am already in my 8th month at First Stop. Time is moving quickly, and so many good things are happening here.  Becoming the Executive Director of First Stop has been both exciting and exhilarating. …

Cleveland Avenue Relocation

Assisting With Homeless Camp Relocation: In May 2021, residents in the Cleveland Avenue homeless camp were notified by the Huntsville Police Department that they had 6 months to vacate the property due to drainage construction.  At that time, approximately 60 people were staying at the Cleveland Camp.  Through the efforts of First Stop, the Huntsville…

Making a Difference Through Technology

They say a worker can only be as good as the tools they use, and that may very well be true. In the world of case management, there are several tools available to help manage all the documentation and progression associated with assisting a client. For First Stop and many other organizations in Huntsville /…