SHOP: South Highland Mental Health Outreach Project

Participants enjoy classes, Bible Study, work projects, and more!

South Highland partners with the UAB Schools of Nursing, Psychiatric Medicine, Public Health, Dentistry, The UA School of Social Work, Dr. David O’Leary, New Horizons Eyecare, The Firehouse Shelter and Pack Health. SHOP developed a Supported Employment Program to assist SHOP participants.

SHOP meets weekly with support, classes, and Bible Study. Class segments have covered, art therapy, hygiene, coping, stress and anger management, resume writing, job interview skills, proper attire, medication information and compliance, personal boundaries (including spiritual, physical, and emotional) and socialization skills. In addition to the regular class segments, we have had programs provided by the Alabama Department of Advocacy, UAB School of Psychiatric Medicine, and classes by Fellows from the Horseshoe Farms Project.

Already, many of SHOP participants have started to engage in regular volunteer work or paid employment, attend AA and NA classes, attend local community events and classes, return to Church, move to more independent living, and reconcile with family members. We are thankful for volunteers who are currently helping the participants with independent housing, legal work, job placement, and transportation to the program and to medical appointments. Volunteers also support the participants with weekly phone calls, texts, and notes, and attend special events with them. SHOP members have participated in field trips to Rail Road Park, East Lake Park, Birmingham Museum of Art, The Southern Museum of Flight, and Alabama Department of Mental Health’s Annual Conference at Shocco Springs.

The partnerships formed through this ministry are helping SHOP participants have a better quality of life and the students are getting experience and developing skills that will help them with the challenges facing community public health care.

We ask for your continued prayers and support in this community outreach ministry and invite you to consider becoming a SHOP volunteer by contacting Jim Price at (205) 296-5188 or jprice3280@aol.com or Mark Stephens at (205) 585-5734 at mark@stephenslawfirm.net.