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.