H.A.P. - Huntsville Assistance Program

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In early 2001, seven Southeast Huntsville churches envisioned a single, centrally located, organized, well-funded entity that could be developed to provide benevolent assistance to those in need and to relieve the individual church of this effort. In 2002, the Huntsville Assistance Program was designated a non-profit charity under the provision of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, incorporated in the State of Alabama, and became a reality based in Huntsville, Alabama, under the governance of the Board of Directors. The Huntsville Assistance Program is now the largest non-government benevolent organization in Madison County. There are currently about seventy churches, of various denominations, that are members of HAP. These members provide the financial resources for our benevolent efforts, volunteers for our activities, food for our pantries, and representatives to our Governing Board. HAP maintains the Clearing House database where member and non-member benevolence providers can report assistance efforts and receive assistance information. This database determines client eligibility and prevents duplication of services. In 2009 HAP opened a satellite office in Toney, Alabama, to serve those in the northern part of Madison County.

HAP’s primary goal is to help our clients have a better life and often give them hope when they have none. We believe in giving a “hand-up” rather than a “hand-out.” Paying their bills is not always the answer. We endeavor to meet many needs – whether they are emotional, financial, or spiritual. Each of our clients is interviewed in person, and we spend as much time as needed to “peel back the onion” to get to the core of that person’s particular problem. We may refer the person for financial counseling, marital counseling, drug/alcohol addiction, or medical assistance. We are a major referral source for services available within Madison County. All persons interviewed are encouraged to find a church family, regardless of their denomination preference.

Gayla Kidd is a native Alabamian born in Winston County. The family moved to south Florida when she was 12; she returned to Alabama in 1983. She is a graduate of Wesleyan College with a degree in interior design. She joined HAP when it was in its infancy and has seen it grow from seven churches to over seventy. In her wildest dreams she never thought she would be the dedicated, God called, Benevolent Ministry Hometown Missionary she has become. Gayla not only endeavors to provide physical needs, counseling and the encouragement the clients need to become self sufficient but proclaims HAP as a front line warrior to bring the message of Jesus Christ to all who enter its portals. She works closely with other organizations involved in caring for people.

Gayla Kidd is a native Alabamian born in Winston County. The family moved to south Florida when she was 12; she returned to Alabama in 1983. She is a graduate of Wesleyan College with a degree in interior design. She joined HAP when it was in its infancy and has seen it grow from seven churches to over seventy. In her wildest dreams she never thought she would be the dedicated, God called, Benevolent Ministry Hometown Missionary she has become. Gayla not only endeavors to provide physical needs, counseling and the encouragement the clients need to become self sufficient but proclaims HAP as a front line warrior to bring the message of Jesus Christ to all who enter its portals. She works closely with other organizations involved in caring for people.


H.A.P. is hosting their first training at their new location (Harvest Pointe) on March 9 at 9AM. Please fill out the form below so Gayla can contact you with further instructions and additional information.

Outdoor Church

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Twice a year Harvest Pointe puts on a worship service and cooks and serves food for the homeless and needy of Huntsville. We do this in partnership with Manna House and the Rock Family Worship Center. This is ALWAYS a blessing!

For more information, contact the Church Office.

Mark your calendars for April 6 and September 7 to help at Outdoor Church!

CASA

CASA is a Huntsville-based organization that provides assistance for the elderly and homebound in the area.  Harvest Pointe supports several programs, such as warehouse work, summer yard maintenance, and home winterization.  Other opportunities include ramp building, community garden, and transportation help.

The first Tuesday of each month is CASA work night.

Please contact Craig Grabowsky for more information cgrabowsky@yahoo.com.

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Salvation Army Mobile Canteen

Feed the hungry.  Jesus commands you (Matthew 25:31-46).

The second Wednesday of every month from 5:15 until 7:00pm, is an occasion for you to "work out your own salvation" (Philippians 2:12) in obedience to Jesus Christ.

The Salvation Army's Mobile Canteen (a complete kitchen on wheels) travels to various stops in Huntsville to provide meals for the needy and homeless.  The Canteen operates every day, rain or shine, and Harvest Pointe has the responsibility for its operation on the second Wednesday of the month.  Harvest Pointe is also an "on call" church when there is an unscheduled need to operate the canteen.

Three or four volunteers are required, one of whom is registered as a Salvation Army driver.  Personnel meet at the Community Kitchen/Emergency Shelter located at 305 Seminole Drive in Huntsville at 5:15pm, and proceed to three designated locations to serve free meals to neighbors in need.  Typically 50 to 75 meals are served, and the mission is completed by about 7pm.

This is a very rewarding experience, for adults and older youth.  To volunteer for a particular date, or as a stand-by volume, or for more information about this program, contact Jack Lawrence or Pete Davidoski.

First Stop, Inc.

Harvest Pointe is proudly serves along side First Stop to assist in reaching out and loving on our homeless community. Join us every 5th Wednesday at 11:30 am as we worship and reach out to those who need our love and support. Contact Jack Lawrence for additional information. If you would like to volunteer or donate to First Stop, Inc. Click here for their contact information.

First Stop provides valuable services in the community by: 
  -Promoting rehabilitation of our homeless citizens; 
  -Facilitating their transition from the street into permanent housing
  -Assisting their reintroduction into the workforce, and
  -Providing them life-management-skills training to promote continued stability and   growth.

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Operation Christmas Child

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A project of Samaritan's Purse, shoebox gifts are filled with age-appropriate items for boys and girls around the world, which then opens doors for evangelism and a connection to the local churches.

Instructions will be available on the missions table. This is an excellent opportunity for youth and children to get involved in a meaningful mission! Plus, you can track where your shoebox goes! 

Please see Sandy McRae for additional information.

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Project SS Kids

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Prior to the start of the school year, local churches provide the funds to furnish school supplies for low income children in Madison City and County schools.  This is an opportunity anyone, especially for our youth, to join other groups from the area which team together to assemble the contributed items into backpacks.

For more information, contact Debra Moder or Lindsay May.

Kairos Prison Ministry

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Kairos is an ecumenical Christian ministry to prisoners, providing a three-day spiritual experience for inmates.  Our local involvement in Kairos is at Limestone Correctional Facility, Decatur Work Release, and Tutwiler Women's Prison.  Besides serving as team members, individuals support by providing cookies, buying meal tickets, providing agape, or through prayer vigils.   

For more information, contact Jack Lawrence or Tami Grabowsky.

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