Our Programs


This program was created to help women in transition and everyone in the program is, at minimum, here for transition. Women who have recently been released on parole, reached their end of sentences, or find themselves needing help to become independent women of God can benefit greatly from this program.

Alternative Sentence

Some women are sentenced to our program by Judges and probation/Parole officers. These clients are required to complete the program or reside here for a certain length of time. We respect and honor all orders we receive.


Some of the women participating in the transitional program are here on the Alabama Department of Corrections’ Supervised Reentry Program or SRP. The duration of an SRP client’s stay is based on when she will end her sentence or make parole, although we strongly recommend the SRP client complete the full Lovelady program.


We have many clients who are here on self determination, meaning they simply recognize their need for help, and/or are trying to prevent being court-ordered. Others may have been recommended to Lovelady by DHR to gain additional life skills.

What Does It Take to Graduate Lovelady?

  • Complete 9-12 month stay: We are a 9-12-month residential program, depending on how long it takes to accomplish all the program objectives. There is a 9-month minimum stay. (Exception: those coming directly from prison may be approved for our 6-month reentry program.)
  • Progress through our Five-Phase process
  • Acquire a minimum of 34 Lovelady credits: this is one of the main components we use to measure efforts. There are classes offered to fit most every need, from spiritual to physical, during participation in the program.
  • Obtain 34 Continuing Education Credits
  • Obtain GED, if applicable
  • Complete required counseling
  • Participate in our Job Readiness Program
  • Obtain a state-issued ID or Driver’s License, Birth Certificate and Social Security Card
  • Clear up any outstanding warrants or legal issues
  • Must maintain sobriety throughout course of program
  • Must be current with program fees
  • Must have positive home plan

Ways to Help

With your help we can lead these women and children through 
the program and into a productive new life.
The Lovelady Center
7916 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35206
Main: (205) 833-7410
Fax: (205) 833-9997
Lovelady Thrift - Irondale
7720 Ludington Lane
Irondale, AL 35210
Call to schedule a pick-up: (205) 951-9230
Lovelady Thrift - Clay
2402 Old Springville Road Birmingham, AL 35215
Call to schedule a pick-up:
(205) 951-9230
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