About the Program


Jessie’s Place is a residential drug and alcohol recovery program located in the heart of downtown Birmingham that can accommodate up to 20 women and children. 

Active Recovery, our in-depth, clinically-structured program, helps residents understand and overcome the very issues that contribute to their substance use. Moreover, our team offers Christ-centered, professional support to help encourage, strengthen, and empower women suffering from addiction’s devastating effects. Using a clinical, yet a fully Christ-centered approach, we create a growth-driven environment where despair becomes hope, sorrow becomes joy, and the hurting become strong and whole.

In further support, residents are offered daily life skills training, bible study classes, education remediation, as well as career-readiness programs through our Stewart Learning Center. Upon completing Active Recovery, graduates have the opportunity to enroll in our Continuum of Care which provides ongoing support services, including multiple levels of educational and certification programs, as they secure employment and transition back into an independent life.

We strive to show Christ’s love in the world and look to nurture the spirit, strengthen confidence, and move families toward a fulfilling future. Inside our doors, women and their children find the way out.

Our History


Jessie Davis

In the late 30s and early 40s Jimmie Hale was known as the town drunk, but he eventually gave his life to Christ and began rewriting his story. Armed with a desire to share God’s life-changing love with others and to help those walking where he had, Jimmie set out to create a place where homeless men could find encouragement and hope.

Jimmie soon married Miss Jessie Davis, a school teacher from Moundville, Alabama, and the couple founded the Mission on March 25, 1944.

Sadly, Jimmie passed away just eight months later due to health complications, leaving behind a 27-year-old pregnant widow. This single mother refused to forfeit her commitment to the dream she and her husband shared, however, and her resolve would prove to be the foundation on which the Mission would stand for generations to come.

Jessie’s Place is named in honor of this an incredible woman of faith who exemplified strong female leadership and an unwavering commitment to serving those in need. Since 1998 this facility has carried on her desire to help women facing life’s struggles.  

Jessie Hale
Jimmie & Jessie Hale


2305 5th Avenue North

Birmingham, AL 35203

(205) 323-0170


Jessie's Place is a part of the Downtown Jimmie Hale Mission, Inc., Jessie's Place is a part of Downtown Jimmie Hale Mission, Inc., a Christian-based, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, which includes a homeless shelter for men, a shelter for women and children and recovery programs - each with learning centers. This charity is often misspelled Jimmy Hale Mission.


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