Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle to Cut Ribbon for Green House Project at First Stop


First Stop, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the number of homeless people in Madison County, Alabama, is pleased to announce that on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 10 a.m. at 206 Stokes Street in Huntsville, Mayor Tommy Battle will cut the ribbon to mark the grand opening of First Stop’s Green House Project, a community garden built and run by the homeless.

Recently, Publix partnered with First Stop by donating supplies and volunteer labor to finish the project as part of Publix Serves Day on April 17, 2015. The project includes a green house, raised beds and tilled land to grow a variety of fruits and vegetables to help feed the homeless.

First Stop Executive Director Clete Wetli said, “The Green House Project is a wonderful way to help empower the homeless in our community by helping them develop marketable skills and to learn new ways to achieve self-sufficiency. We are grateful to have Publix as an involved and committed Community Partner. The City of Huntsville and Mayor Battle have long supported First Stop’s efforts and we are excited that the Mayor will join us for the launching of this project. This is truly something that our community can be proud of.”

The event will be attended by representatives of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Huntsville, the United Way and other civic organizations.


Publix joins First Stop as a Community Partner to Complete The Greenhouse Project

We are so excited to announce that Publix has joined First Stop as a community partner to complete The Greenhouse Project! Publix Super Markets associates are celebrating the company’s 85th anniversary this year by giving back to the communities in which they live and work.

Publix founder George Jenkins was a giving person and believed in supporting the community. “Giving back is a part of the Publix culture and mission statement of being involved as responsible citizens in our communities, “said Brenda Reid, Media and Community Relations Manager for Publix’s Atlanta Division.

First Stop Executive Director Clete Wetli said, “The Greenhouse Project is a wonderful way to help empower the homeless in our community by helping them develop marketable skills and to learn new ways to achieve self-sufficiency. We are grateful to have Publix as an involved and committed Community Partner. We especially thank Publix Bailey Cove Store Manager Bill Waring for his hard work in making this partnership possible and for his incomparable skill with post-hole diggers!”

We are so excited to see the progress of the Greenhouse and to work with Publix toward the goal of ‪#‎empoweringthehomeless‬ ‪#‎youcanchangealife‬‪#‎firststop‬ ‪#‎publix‬

Kroger and First Stop Have an Easy Way For You To Donate

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Help David: David’s Story

David W. was born and raised in Huntsville. He quit school at age 14 to work and support his mother and himself.

David developed carpentry skills through his jobs, mostly in commercial construction. He traveled to and worked at job sites around the state and southeast. Near the end of 2013, David was laid off due to lack of work. Unable to pay rent, he eventually lost his apartment.

David continued to work at temporary jobs through a day-labor company while living in a local hotel. Leaving for work one morning, David found that all of his tools had been stolen from his truck. Shortly thereafter, the transmission in his truck failed. Without transportation and tools to ply his trade, he was unable to make money to pay his hotel bill and shortly found himself homeless—living in a tent in the woods through most of the following year.

In late November 2014, David went to the emergency room with an unbearable headache. After tests, he was diagnosed with cancer in his head and neck. He remained in the hospital while receiving chemotherapy treatments until late January 2015, when he was released.

With support from friends and local faith-based organizations, David has been living in another hotel during follow-on radiation treatments, which began on February 9 and continued for two weeks, followed by additional chemotherapy through the end of February.

David is a skilled worker with no disabilities, no criminal record and no substance-abuse issues. David’s hotel bill is $220 per week and funds to keep him there are almost gone. We have located an apartment for David at $385 per month, a substantial saving over the cost of the hotel room. He will move in on Thursday, March 12.

We need assistance raising money for his rent and utilities until he completes his follow-on treatments, which could last up to a year.

You can help David by donating to his GoFundMe Campaign here: