We have a hard job at M-POWER.


For one, our mission is difficult. Generational poverty is not something that can be "solved" in a short time frame. Moreover, if someone has never experienced life trapped in poverty, there is no frame of reference for the struggles many of our clients face on a daily basis. Thus, communication about this cause is difficult.


We rely on the generosity of people who "get it" to fund our work. That means this year we're raising one million dollars to operate the programs that make advancement of our mission possible. We are dependent upon people giving sacrificially.


Typically, nonprofits are underfunded. Ministries in particular are underfunded. Most people operate on the assumption that doing some good is better than doing no good, but we're committed to a higher standard of effectiveness than most.


Because most ministries are underfunded, we are forced to be resourceful. Sometimes this is a wonderful thing. We can become creative and figure out how to be efficient and effective with the resources we do have. Other times, it creates an environment where dreaming is impossible and where fear reigns.


Things break. Sometimes it rains and the air conditioning unit is submerged under water for a week, leaving the building with no cooling capacity during the middle of summer. Sometimes it gets hot, and crowded, and very difficult to be patient with those who are also hot, and tired, and sweaty.


Sometimes, right before a big volunteer training or before classes start back in the Education Center, the copier decides to not work. Or the phone system shuts down. Or the internet crashes.


These things are hard. They make our job hard. But there is a bigger issue.


You see, the hardest part of M-POWER's work revolves around our Christian identity. And not in the way you might imagine.


Because we are Christians, we believe not that Jesus wants to offer "some good" for His people, but "the best" for those He created in His image.


Because we are Christians, we believe that our role is to display God's radical grace by meeting practical needs.


Because we are Christians, we believe that Jesus came to redeem the whole person: body, mind and spirit.


These beliefs have implications for every part of our work. From resource development to program structure and everything in between.


We struggle because we are fighting to make this world look more like heaven, and oftentimes the world does not want to cooperate. Here, we become distracted by things like broken cooling systems, not feeling confident in how we're communicating the needs of our clients, and our inability to "fix" the problems our people face quickly.


We hold ourselves to a higher standard, and we should. But thanks be to God that He takes our brokenness - air conditioning systems, copiers, funding needs, phones, staff members, and volunteers - and uses them to bring about His purposes.


It's getting hot in here, that's for sure. We feel the pressure rise as we become more intimately involved in the struggles of those we serve and as we feel more confident in how to effectively address them.


Pray for us, friends. Our work is not our own, but we have been commissioned by God to share His redeeming love in all we do.


"Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality."

Romans 12:9-13


Christ's Peace and Courage,

Ryan Sig

 Executive Director   

Meet Rene

Rene Bradberry started out as a volunteer in our Education Center several years ago and has been on staff at M-POWER since 2011. She keeps us all laughing with her zest for life and keeps the Education Center organized.

Tell us a little bit about yourself including a few things we may not know about you.

"I was born and raised in Birmingham and married my high school sweetheart. My husband's job moved us to Lafayette, LA and Columbus, MS in the late 90's for several years. Our children are grown now. Our son is an accountant here in Birmingham; our daughter lives in Kansas and is getting married next year."


What is your role at M-POWER?

"I'm the Education Center Administrative Assistant. My primary responsibility is to interface with students and volunteers."


What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?

"During the student intake process we give a pre-test. I administer that test and share the results with each student. I like having this initial contact because it starts the relationship process. I think a big part of my job is being trustworthy. This, in turn, provides stability to our students."


Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?

"I worked several years as a barista at a local coffee shop. The help wanted sign read, "If you love coffee and like people, come join us." That phrase sums me up."


What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?

"I taught myself to knit about ten years ago. Also, my husband owns a vintage car, and I enjoy going with him to car shows."


What is one thing you couldn't live without?

"Taziki's Friday Pasta. Seriously, I'm there at least once every week."


What is your hidden talent?

"I make the best biscuits in town. When I was a newlywed, my mother-in-law taught me. Over the years I've perfected my recipe and technique. My husband actually prefers mine over his mom's, but please don't tell!"


What is your favorite movie and book?

"I enjoyed the movie, "The Help;" but the book was better. Also, I love the book, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. The narrator is a dog, which is priceless."


What kind of legacy do you hope to leave?

"I always loved school. It was not because I was a great student but, at a very early age, it was clear to me that learning is important. Now being able to share this love of school and learning with individuals who left school is powerful."

 If you've been thinking about volunteering in the Education Center, call or email Rene to become convinced that the time is now! People like Rene make the important work of M-POWER fun. You can be a part of the team by serving in key roles like mentor, tutor, or instructor.

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This year's Taste of the Magic City fundraiser for M-POWER will be an epic celebration of local flavor.

Stay tuned for more details which will be announced through www.tasteofthemagiccity.com.

In the meantime, circle Wednesday, October 22 and Thursday, October 23 on your calendar. You won't want to miss out!

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for you or your company. Email [email protected] for details. 

Education Center Update

Intake Schedule

So far, we have enrolled 26 students into this semester's GED program. Please begin to pray for these students' journey with us! 


Urgent Volunteer Needs

20 Mentors (training offered August 23; must attend orientation first) - email Beverly for more information, and please share this opportunity with friends 

Math Skills Tutors  


Bring Lunches and Snacks this Fall

Sign-up to provide food during our fall semester.  


Job Opportunity

We are currently accepting applications for a Lead Instructor to supervise the development and delivery of language and math content for students in the Education Center. For more information visit the official posting through the Alabama Association of Nonprofits.

Health Center Update

Urgent Volunteer Needs

Dispensary help - pharmacist or person with medical knowledge willing to serve as a pharmacy assistant 


Job Opportunity

We are currently accepting applications for a Day Clinic Coordinator, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the PATH Clinic. For more information visit the official posting through the Alabama Association of Nonprofits.  


M-POWER T-Shirts

Order your very own M-POWER t-shirt with a $15 suggested donation and h
elp us spread the word that poverty is not just about money.

In fact, no one resource will help someone get out of poverty. Poverty includes a lack of sufficient financial resources, but it is so much more. Poverty is the opposite of wholeness.

Wholeness requires resources like education, physical and mental health, emotional health, finances, a support system, healthy relationships, role models and more.

When you wear an M-POWER "What is Poverty?" t-shirt you are helping us share the truth about the obstacles that affect those we serve.

Shirt details: 100% preshrunk cotton
Double-needle stitching throughout 
Dark chocolate Gildan tee with white lettering

Read below for details on volunteer opportunities, job opportunities, how to buy your own M-POWER shirt, information on this year's Taste of the Magic City, and a spotlight on employee Rene Bradberry.

Please consider giving to help us provide opportunities for people to develop the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty.

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Serve through M-POWER 

Register for one of our upcoming volunteer orientations to begin serving at M-POWER.

Right now we have an urgent need for 20 additional mentors before August 23. Read about what this volunteer role entails here.

August Volunteer Orientation  

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

from 5:30PM to 7:00PM


Fall Literacy Tutor Training 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

from 5:30PM to 9:00PM

Attending one of our monthly volunteer orientations is required before training. First session is scheduled for Tuesday, September 16, but attendance is also required at the Tuesday, September 23, and Tuesday, October 21 trainings.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014
from 12:00PM to 12:45PM

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
from 5:30PM to 7:00PM

Last Month in Photos

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See our feed from the past month below. 
We had a tiny little visitor this afternoon, our Executive Director's daughter Lucy! #mpowerguests #cutiepatootie
We're adding new bios and photos of our Leadership Team to the website soon. Check out some of the shots from our #pictureday last week! #staff #comingsoon
We celebrated July birthdays at our staff meeting today. Happiest of birthdays to @bethanyrushing on the 14th and Laura Tadlock on the 25th! #letthemeatcake #peopleofmpower
This week we have a lovely group of #youthworks volunteers working in the garden that hail from North Carolina and Missouri. #garden
#familylunch at M-POWER celebrating the last day of our Patient Registrar, Laura. We'll miss you! #peopleofmpower
Visit our Facebook page for details on how you can buy your very own M-POWER shirt for a mere $15: facebook.com/mpowerministries. We know poverty is more than just a lack of money - so help us share the story! #poverty #wholeness #morethanmoney #conversationstartertee
The sun is finally shining at #parkinthepark at Avondale Park! Come out and visit us and browse more than fifty antique cars.
Tomorrow. Ice cream. Get excited. Bring out the whole family to hang with the M-POWER crew and try some delicious homemade ice cream! More details on our website. #mpoweronice #icecream
Ice cream creations have begun! Come on down to @seedscoffee to make your own. #mpoweronice #icecream
Thanks to everyone who came out to @seedscoffee for our Ice Cream Social! Congratulations to Nic and Rachel Seaborn for winning Judge's Choice with their Rum Raisin, and David and Andrea Tew for winning Popular Choice with their Cake Batter! #mpoweronice #icecream
We're still working off our sugar coma from Saturday's Ice Cream Social! Hope your Monday is sweet:) #sopunny #icecream
It's a beautiful day in our #communitygarden We have happy little bees buzzing around these custom-built houses by volunteer beekeeper Shannon O'Dell. #bees #summatime
Our staff were so excited about the new "What is Poverty?" shirts they couldn't wait to model them for you! #mpowerpeople #poverty #tshirts

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Contact Information

M-POWER Ministries
Physical Address: 
4022 4th Avenue South 
Birmingham, Alabama 35222 

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 321233
Birmingham, AL 35232