Pastor Vincent Rosato was the minister of a small, rural church in Hope Hull, Alabama. In 1996, the Lord opened a door for him to preach at a Montgomery homeless shelter and soup kitchen. Vince fell in love with the ministry, felt a great burden for these men, and wanted to do more to help the less fortunate. Thus, began a journey orchestrated by God and carried out by men.
Vince and his wife, Mary, brought the men to church for a fellowship supper. At first the men were reluctant, but he noticed how the food was a great motivator to get them to come. The number of men grew each week until Vince's car wasn't big enough for everyone and they knew that it was time to take the next step and purchase a van.
Word got around and people wanted to be picked up and brought to church. Vince concentrated on opening a shelter that could serve the homeless and poor in Montgomery which grew at a steady pace from the start. People knew they could come to Friendship Mission, get a good meal with plenty of food, and hear a message from the Word.
One Sunday, some of the men wanted to spend the night, which grew into housing twenty men in the little church. By 1998, Friendship Mission had grown enough that, as an organization outstanding among its peers, it needed its own Board of Directors. Vince asked his good friend, Pastor Aaron Fleming, for help and the board was formed. Aaron eventually became Chairman of the Board and has since passed this leadership role to Andy Flowers. Friendship Mission has grown, changing its focus from being a small shelter to one of the largest facilities in the state of Alabama.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND STAFF
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chief Operations Officer
Men's Shelter Director/Case Manager