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Freedom Rain Inc

Restoring Hope

aka The Lovelady Center   |   Birmingham, AL   |  www.loveladycenter.org

Mission

Empowering women, through faith-based initiatives, so they can return to society as well equipped women of God. The program is about empowerment, hope & a belief in the value of each & every human life. It is our mission to help women rebuild their lives & walk forward with faith-driven hope for a future as a contributing member of our community. The Lovelady Center ensures each woman is taught how to overcome barriers to success by providing access to needed services. You can give a person shelter, food & clothing, but if they cannot support themselves, the cycle of poverty & incarceration will not be broken.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Mrs. Melinda MeGahee

Chairman of the Board

Mr. John McNeil

Main address

7916 2nd Avenue South

Birmingham, AL 35206 USA

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EIN

72-1344856

NTEE code info

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The organization was founded in 2004 by Brenda Lovelady Spahn and her daughter Melinda Megahee when they took 7 women prisoners from the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women into their home to help provide them with the skills needed to become productive members of society upon release from prison. The program grew so quickly that within a year they relocated to our current location where we now work with over 500 women and children who come to us from prison through our SRP program, through parole, through court order or self-admitted to get help with addiction, homelessness, prior abuse, or any other life problems they may have. We are now a 9-12 month residential faith-based program working to break the cycle of incarceration, addiction, homelessness and abuse for women and their children.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Housing

We provide safe lodging for women & their children 365 days a year.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

We serve over 1,500 meals per day to our clients and their children

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

clients & their children receive vouchers to get what they need from our thrift stores

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

Clients & their children attend church on Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings & Wednesday evenings and devotion Monday-Friday at 8AM.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

Clients are required to have a minimum of nine counseling sessions while they are in the program, more if necessary. We also have a child psychologist volunteer to help with our children's counseling needs.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

If a woman doesn't have a high school diploma or GED, we help her obtain one by tutoring and helping her prepare for the GED test.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

We have partnered with WorkFaith Birmingham - they teach classes at the Center to help our women prepare for outside jobs, how to properly interview, update resumes, etc.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

We have wonderful volunteers & some staff teach classes such as Parenting, Anger Management, Financial, LIFE (through COTH), Spiritual, etc.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Doctors & dentists volunteer their time & resources for our clients & their children. We also have an on-site medical dept that dispenses medication to clients & their children as needed.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

TLC also provides for children to remain with their mothers during the program, knowing that healing occurs most effectively when families can remain intact. Childcare and enrichment activities are provided for children of all ages. TLC provides for all school-age children to attend Miracle Academy, which offers a trauma-informed, multi-sensory approach to elementary education; the majority of participants’ children suffer from trauma-induced learning disabilities such as dyslexia and ADD. TLC also cares for all preschool aged children of both women in care and graduates, providing the opportunity for mothers to rebuild their lives and engage in the workforce without bearing the cost of childcare services. TLC is in the process of transitioning their preschool care from a childcare model to a comprehensive, early-learning program.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our main goal is to help every at risk woman and child overcome their barriers and provide them with the tools to succeed.

Financials

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Freedom Rain Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/11/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. John McNeil

The Lovelady Center

John Amari

Amari Law Firm

Melinda MeGahee

The Lovelady Center

Don Ankenbrandt

Alliance Ministries

Matthew Gregory

Gregory Dream Home

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/17/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data