To see video introduction to Metro Changers click on the link below. The agency is transforming neighborhoods and people across the metropolitan area — both home residents and volunteers:
Birmingham Baptist Association is working with the city of Birmingham to address the substandard housing plight in the metropolitan area. This ministry is Metro Changers, which is turning the very successful Southern Baptist World Changers model into a year-round effort to eliminate substandard housing within the city.
Metro Changers is a 501-c-3 nonprofit seeking to show the love of Christ through home repairs for low to moderate income homeowners within the city limits of Birmingham.
"We’ll recruit volunteers from our area and beyond," says Butch Henderson, Church and Community Mission Specialist and Executive Director for Metro Changers.
"This can be a customized mission’s opportunity for churches, civic and educational organizations — anyone interested in community development and eliminating substandard housing in the area."
Churches can adopt a home for a weekend project, a few months of work, or even a long term mission, going beyond the construction needs to taking on the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the family within the house.
Funding for the renovations comes from the city, with house applications being processed and approved through the office of community development. Butch looks forward to the avenues of service that the partnership will open.
"It will provide opportunities for our churches — Sunday Schools, Baptist Men’s groups, Women’s Ministries, and more — to act on the Acts 1:8 Challenge with respect to the Jerusalem Journey," he says.
Josh Nicholson, serves as the project manager for Metro Changers.
"It’s a challenging experience; I enjoy doing it," is Josh’s experience serving with Metro Changers. "We need to reach out to Birmingham, instead of pulling out. We need to step up and take accountability." This is a goal of Metro Changers.
It is an easy way to help people who cannot do things for themselves, due to illness, finances, or lack of family. Metro Changers has also seen it change the lives of municipal officials involved in the program.
Request more information for those living in the City Limits of Birmingham, AL
Applying for home repair assistance?
710 North 20th Street
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: (205) 254-2309