Half a Mile Away From Homelessness

The city of Huntsville is growing and so is its homeless population.  And Alabama is not unique in these changes.  According to HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge in a recent press release, “Homelessness in the United States was increasing even before COVID-19, and we know the pandemic has only made the crisis worse.” The increase…

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. …

Tom Roper’s Story

The “Why” Behind What We Do Our Day Center provides meals, showers, access to laundry facilities — services to meet the immediate needs of the homeless community. However, the magic of First Stop lies in the strength of our case management program. Our Homeless-to-Housed case managers work diligently with clients, assessing individual barriers and developing…

Only Half a Mile Away

In one of his lesser-known songs called Half A Mile Away, Billy Joel describes a world he escaped to as a youth to get away from some of the unpleasant realities of his regular life. In this world, he was with his friends laughing, telling stories (and lies), and flirting with girls. He describes this…

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 /…

Volunteers wearing blue shirts provide a meal with cans

Ways To Give Back

As the nation recovers from COVID-19, our homeless community needs us now more than ever. There are many ways you can give back. Through agencies like First Stop, it’s easy to volunteer your time or resources to help the homeless return to independent, sustainable living. Want to make an impact? Here are ways you can…

Jennifer Geist Headshot

First Stop Names A New Executive Director

First Stop is proud to introduce Jennifer Geist as our new Executive Director. Jennifer Geist joins First Stop with over 25 years of corporate and nonprofit leadership experience. Jennifer joins First Stop with more than 25 years of experience in employee and community engagement, public relations, program development, and corporate leadership. Most recently, she’s held…

Fow Wow Heart of Huntsville T-Shirts

Fow Wow T-Shirt Campaign

Buy One, Give One campaign was a success! For every “Heart of Huntsville” shirt purchased, a shirt was donated to a friend in the homeless community. This morning, our friends at Fow Wow dropped off 100 t-shirts!! Way to go Huntsville!