Avondale Samaritan Place is a joint vision of Avondale and Canterbury United Methodist Churches for outreach and mission in the Avondale Community.  Our two churches formed Avondale Samaritan Place in 2013 to be a “Community Hub for Christian Service.”  Housed in the Avondale UMC gymnasium building, ASP brings together people from Avondale, Canterbury, and the surrounding community to facilitate the sort of connections between neighbors (businesses included!) that improve everyone's lives.

The work of ASP focuses particularly on helping people who are on the margins. We provide home repair work for those who can't afford it; we provide social workers and healthcare support; we provide after school activities; and we provide food assistance to food-insecure individuals and families in our area. As our community continues to grow, be revitalized, and transform, we see our work through ASP as a key to helping everyone in Avondale experience the love of Christ.

For more information ... email mike@avonumc.net ... or call 205.868.3345.

  • Mike Higginbotham
Avondale Food Cooperatives

We provide groceries and hospitality for food-insecure individuals in the Avondale community.   The individuals and families that we serve take home food that ASP purchases for cents on the dollar from the Food Bank. They take home fresh meat, vegetables, and canned and dry goods.  In 2018, it costs just $175 to feed a family for an entire year.

Beeson Senior Services

We help seniors access services and sustain quality of life.  The program works with clients to help identify needs -financial, social, medical, transportation, etc – and to link them with community resources to help resolve these needs.

After School Programs #1

We offer a couple of options after school for Avondale Elementary School students with the help of community partnerships.  MOVE IT engages students physically through movement and play. This program is led by the teachers and students of the UAB Kinesiology Department and is open and free to all Avondale Elementary School students.

After School Programs #2

Our partnership with STAIR of Birmingham is for 2nd grade students. This program offers one on one tutoring in reading. Each student in the program comes two days per week after school and is paired with 1-2 adults for the school year.  This model builds rapport and a trusting relationship as these adults help their students to become stronger readers.

Crisis Clinic

Our social workers provide support and assistance to people in crisis from our community each Thursday from 1pm-5pm.  Some are low-income individuals/families and some have no home. Our social workers offer this program in partnership with UAB Nursing Students who are able to help people who have minor medical needs.

Homeless Lunch

We offer a free meal and conversation to our friends in the community who struggle to maintain safe, affordable housing.  During these afternoons, our social workers also seek to help these folks develop a plan for improving their circumstances.  The lunches are every Wednesday beginning at 1:30pm.

Carpenter's Hands

We provide home repair assistance for our low-income Avondale neighbors.