Frequently Asked Questions
How does The Lovelady Center benefit the community?
When a woman is helped, a family benefits; when a family benefits, a community grows. Incarecerating one woman costs each taxpayer thousands of dollars per year. The Lovelady Center keeps women out of prison, and keeps women from re-entering prison. Partnerships such as the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women, Life Tech (Parole Board transition program), drug courts, family courts, and more, make our program successful, through offering training and help with program design. The Christian Post has reported that participants in faith-based initiatives show a drastically lower recidivism rate, some as low as 15%. This is drastically lower than the national average of 68% at three years and 77% at five years.
Women who are released from prison are challenged by the prospect of finding long-term employment, housing, transportation, and more. By providing tools for women to enter society as productive and esteemed individuals, and providing access to continued education, families are given the tools for success in their own lives.
TLC enables women to go forward in life by teaching them to properly support themselves and their children. We are equipped to assist residents in every step of their employment journey. Our TLC staff members act as advocates for our residents - seeking promising employment with higher pay and with potenital for benefits.
How is Lovelady Funded?
It is our goal to become totally self-funded for our regular operating budget. Currently through our two Thrift Store operations and program fees, we generate approximately 70% of our current budget.
The remainder of our financial needs, including capital requirements, come from our many individual supporters and numerous foundations and churches.
Are only current or ex-incarcerated women living at the Center?
Absolutely not. There are residents who have never been incarcerated that are living in the Center, including women who simply walk in seeking admittance. Program success has convinced women from states as far away as Maryland, California & Hawaii who have heard of The Lovelady Center to seek entrance. Sometimes the Center serves as a place for alternative sentencing, when Alabama judges are willing to give women another chance, rather than sending them to prison. The Center also accepts referrals from social service agencies, and other subsance abuse programs.
Why is this program successful?
For many, we have become known as the "whole-way house" for women, because we work by a "teach a woman to fish" philosophy. We believe that meeting physical needs is only the first step in the process. By giving them spiritual instruction and lasting educational and emotional support, women can learn to take responsibility for their lives.
Consider this: A person can be given employment skills, clothing, food, transportation and even money, but if they do not know how to make right decisions with available resources, these advantages are unable to be utilized for success.
How can I help?
There are many ways you can help!
First and foremost, you can lift us up in your prayers. You can click on Tell A Friend to help us spread the word about our mission, our programs, our events and our fundraisers. You can also make a monetary donation online or mail in your donation to 7916 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35206. We also welcome your support of any of our open fundraisers. You can even host your own personal fundraiser on our website! Looking for a great deal on clothes, furniture, electornics, home goods and more? You can visit our Thrift Stores (located in Clay and Irondale) and purchase items that you will love! 100% of the money you spend comes directly back to support the women and children that live at The Lovelady Center! You can also contact us if you are interested in volunteer opportunities. We could not do what we do without God and loving and generous people like YOU!