AVAIL and Lantern Vision Team Up for World Homeless Day

AVAIL and Lantern Vision Team Up for World Homeless Day

Good day everyone.  Seeing as how yesterday was World Homeless Day (thanks Anneleyce for the post) we thought it would be a great idea to launch our promotional video as well to tell the world about what it is we do here at AVAIL.  Without further ado here is the...
AVAIL: unVAILing the houseless void

AVAIL: unVAILing the houseless void

AVAIL: unVAILing the houseless void is a coffee table book created in order to inform, raise awareness and give faces to those you pass by, stare at, avoid, despise, and are afraid of.  It is AVAIL’s hope that in this book those without a voice may finally have a voice in which...
Find Out Ways to Get Involved

Find Out Ways to Get Involved

At AVAIL: Friends of the Houseless there are many ways in which one can become involved.  Listed below are opportunities for involvement. AVAIL: Mondays- We meet every Monday night at 6pm.  On these nights we seek to provide a space for conversation, education, growth, and the sharing of a meal....
Stories

Stories

Dave is a simple man, one who doesn’t have much and doesn’t need much.  On the nights that we visit with Dave at his home under the highway, he values the conversation and friendship more than the physical needs being met (clothing, food, supplies, etc).  You see, Dave runs a...
See the Interviews that Made our Award Winning Promo Video

See the Interviews that Made our Award Winning Promo Video

Another month in AVAIL’s history has passed and along with that we have gathered more stories to share. Specifically, this month we are sharing with you the raw interview of wife and husband, Lydia and Jim Young. This video is an excerpt from our award winning video produced by Lantern...
You Voted! We Won!

You Voted! We Won!

During this past summer we asked many of you to join us in an attempt to win $15,000! While this journey lasted for nearly a month, involved numerous Facebook posts, tweets, emails, and updates; you stood by us and became a friend of the houseless. Well, we are finally able...
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Dig Deep & Grow Strong

   Ecclesiastes 3:1-11   “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and...
World Homeless Day

World Homeless Day

Today is World Homeless Day. The word “homeless” does not just pertain to people living on the street. Today is used as a platform to advocate for those men and women, but at a gut level I am reminded that it is more than that. It is another day for us to boldly continue in the...
Planting and Growing

Planting and Growing

On August 29th and 30th we planted in twenty 9×3 boxes.  In these boxes we planted Okra, Turnips, Kale, Chard, Lettuce, Spinach, Lima Beans, Carrots, Onions, Parsley, Rutabaga and Cauliflower.  and since then we have seen our Lima Beans, Okra and Turnips coming through the ground and sprouting some leaves!  Also while we were out...
Work Day At The Farm

Work Day At The Farm

On Saturday, August 13th 2011, AVAIL held a work project day out at the acre of land in the West End of Birmingham, where their Houseless Urban Farm is located.  Along with about 25 volunteers, AVAIL began to “plant the first seeds” to their Urban Farm. Throughout the day, much was accomplished.  Using the technique...
Project20Eleven

Project20Eleven

AVAIL recently launched their first campaign, Project20Eleven.  Attempting to raise $20,011 by the end of 2011, AVAIL will use the funds raised to start their first urban farm, which will provide jobs and food for houseless individuals, and continue to alleviate houselessness. Believing that a season of houselessness can be greatly improved through providing of food and job,...
THE LAUNCH THAT THE LAUNCH CREATED

THE LAUNCH THAT THE LAUNCH CREATED

As I have continued to process the event on Monday and what the future looks like for AVAIL, it feels as if the launch event has continued and never ended.  It seems that the launch event created another launch….a launch of ideas.  Specifically what I mean is that ever since the event ideas and dreams...
24 HOURS

24 HOURS

24 hours ago we were starting the event that officially launched AVAIL and released our book (AVAIL:unVAILing the houseless void).  After a full day of processing and discussing what occurred, I am now ready to post!  Simply put: last night was perfect.  First of all we want to think our friends at Unthinkable for partnering with us...

Larry's Video Information

Larry Potter, also known as “Tater Water” and “Tater,” has been a citizen of the houseless community in Birmingham for nearly 20 years. Having served our country in the military and attending a local university, Larry has traveled many places and accumulated many stories within his personal narrative. This video of Larry sharing his story...
Help Us Win an Urban Farming Grant!

Help Us Win an Urban Farming Grant!

Nature’s Path Organic and Organic Gardening are hosting a Grant contest in which the winner will receive $15,000 to enhance and expand their urban farming efforts. Of course at AVAIL, urban farming is a large part of how we assist individuals who are in the houseless season. Over the past year, we have seen the...

Country and Punkin

Let me introduce to you Country and Punkin…no these are not farming terms…these are some of our beloved friends better known as Gary and Angela. Gary and Angela are an inter-racial couple who met on the streets about a year ago. Having first met Gary while sharing a meal underneath a bridge, we later met...
Get Involved Before the End of 2011

Get Involved Before the End of 2011

The End of 2011 is quickly approaching and we are happy to announce a whole schedule of events that you can participate in before the new year arrives.  Including National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and National Homeless Memorial Day there are great opportunities for you to get involved with AVAIL: Friends of the Houseless!...