First Light Women's Shelter

Independent Presbyterian Church

We continually seek to live out our faith as we fully respond to the call of Christ, "I was hungry and you gave me something to eat." Matthew 25:35

The First Light Women's Shelter is one of the outreach programs that Independent Presbyterian Church supports.

First Light's mission is to work with homeless women and their children to create hospitality in a safe and nurturing community, to encourage them to find hope, to seek opportunity, and to grow spiritually, thereby achieving their full potential.

If you would like to volunteer to stay overnight at First Light during our IPC week, please contact Rev. Susan Clayton (205-933-3709 or Thanks so much for your help and dedication!

First Light Wish List

Please take a look at the First Light Wish List and see what items you could donate. Can you help provide any of these items?

IPC Volunteer Weeks

IPC has several volunteer weeks at First Light each year. During these weeks, groups from the church volunteer to serve meals and we provide volunteers to stay at the shelter overnight.

The meal schedule for the First Light Women’s Shelter is set for the second half of 2015.  Please check for your dates and alert group members as soon as possible!  If for some reason you are unable to accept the date assigned to your group, please arrange a swap for that date and notify Betsy Middlebrooks (933-3731 or  to let her know the change. Remember to plan for SEVENTY meals and to serve at 6:30 p.m.  Don’t forget that many of the guests at First Light have dietary restrictions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.  Planning meals that are healthy and nutritious is beneficial to all of us! Thanks so much for your help and dedication!

Thank you for all the many ways you serve as Christ's disciples.

Reflections from Rev. Susan Clayton after she served dinner at First Light one night

One of the guests at First Light prayed before dinner, "And thank you, Lord, for these people whose hearts you touched to come and be with us tonight, to serve us this wonderful meal, and thank you for this place where tonight we lie down in safety."

Another guest thanked us for dinner by saying, "Thank you for that delicious meal. That food was balm for the soul."

Now, who ministered to whom tonight??


Susan Clayton
Associate Minister,
Director of Community Ministries

Chris Walker
Social Services Coordinator

First Light Women's Shelter
2230 Fourth Avenue North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203

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