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A coalition of volunteers, donors, and churches formed M-POWER Ministries in 1997 to provide services to Birmingham-area individuals and families in need, and the organization was incorporated as a non-profit on December 22, 1998. Initial church partners included Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, Eastside Baptist Church, Huffman Baptist Church, South Avondale Baptist Church, and the Birmingham Baptist Association, however M-POWER was and has remained committed to ecumenical and inter-denominational partnership.

 

The Avondale and Woodlawn communities of Birmingham were selected as the first area of focus and M-POWER located its offices at South Avondale Baptist Church, what is now Redeemer. The first programs launched were M-POWER Afterschool, a one-to-one tutoring program for neighborhood children, and the Woodlawn Family Community Organization, an education and community service program for area families.

 

Over the years, the scope of M-POWER has expanded greatly, with the addition of a free, after-hours medical clinic in 2000, and the Birmingham Baptist Association transferring their literacy ministry to M-POWER in 2001. On May 24, 2010, the M-POWER Board of Directors made a commitment to address generational poverty through education and health services, creating the M-POWER Education Center and the M-POWER Health Center.

 

Over the years, M-POWER has become known in the community as an agency that provides quality services with integrity. M-POWER Ministries was named a 2012 Birmingham Business Journal Nonprofit of the Year Award Finalist and a 2011 Birmingham Business Alliance Small Business Nonprofit of the Year Award Finalist.