Ability Plus Project – Ability Plus is an organization which provides group homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- In 2010, the Decatur-Athens Alumni launched the Ability Plus Fun Day at the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church Athens, Alabama. This event provides a day of fun and excitement to a group of children and adults in our community who possess intellectual and developmental disabilities, and also to show appreciation for the people who care for these individuals on a daily basis
- Brothers and Silhouettes hosted a series of activities, games, and crafts. We also provided lunch and had a fire truck on site for the participants to view and explore. There was also music provided by the WZYP local radio station.
From 2010 to 2014
Feed-A-Family Project – The Decatur-Athens Alumni Chapter’s “Feed A Family” program was created with our hopes to assist in ending the growing number hunger within our community and improve nutrition by providing food and other necessities to eligible low income households. We focus our efforts on three major areas: Morgan, Limestone, and Madison counties. Each month through collaboration of local state and government agencies we are provided a needy family to participate in our “Feed A Family” program. The Limestone County DHR Family Assistance Program (Athens, AL), the Kinship Care Program (Madison, AL), and the Parents and Children Together (PACT) Program (Decatur, AL).
- We provide enough groceries and other reasonable needs to needy families purposed to last at least one month. These families are chosen at the discretion of the social worker and a synopsis of why the family was chosen must be submitted to the Decatur-Athens Alumni Chapter’s Community Outreach Committee.
Since the kickoff of this program in 2006, Decatur-Athens Alumni has reached out across more than 10 Alabama cities (e.g. Athens, Decatur, Hartselle, Huntsville, Madison, Toney, Harvest, Gurley, Elkmont and Triana) to service the greater North Alabama community. We have helped and provided assistance to more than 100 families including over $8000.00 in financial assistance.
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Hearts for Smiles – (HOPE Place Shelter Program) Each year the Decatur-Athens Alumni Chapter donates flowers, stuff animals, and heart-shaped candies to the battered women and children who have been displaced from their homes.
- We also provide words of encouragement to these individuals and help to promote awareness of abuse in North Alabama through the HOPE Place Shelter Program.
- The Crisis Services Center of North Alabama serves as the main shelter in Madison County and satellite shelter to Morgan County. The HOPE Place Program provides a safe and confidential emergency shelter for adult and children victims of domestic violence. Moreover, comprehensive services are provided to victims both in and out-of-shelter.
Most importantly, we join the community in the fight against cancer. Teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Relays are an overnight event, up to 24 hours in length.
- One of the goals of this project is to reach out through the community and provide assistance to a limited number of deserving, underprivileged families in the Tennessee Valley area.
- Traditionally, the year-end holiday season is a time of year that has always been associated with giving and sharing. During that time , many underprivileged families are blessed by the generosity of the community at large. Our aim is to continue this giving spirit in the summertime.
Sunday of HOPE – Each year the Brothers of Decatur-Athens Alumni hosts a “Sunday of Hope” event at the Fellowship of Faith Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Troy Garner to support St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.
- Sunday of Hope is a Grand Chapter national initiative program of Kappa Alpha Psi to support St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.
- This program allows churches to demonstrate their faith in the mission of St. Jude by taking up a special offering in honor of many patients and families fighting pediatric cancer, leukemia, sickle cell disease and other catastrophic illnesses.