A ministry that is very close to the hearts of all of us at Beasley Allen is the Adullam House. This ministry provides a home and family for children whose parents are incarcerated. The ministry helps youngsters from infants through teenagers, providing not just a roof over their heads, but a family, love, education and a relationship with Jesus Christ.
The ministry was begun many years ago by Pete and Angie Spackman, who came to the United States from Great Britain to minister in the prisons in Alabama. While in the midst of that ministry, their hearts were touched by the stories of inmates who had children they were unable to care for. The Spackmans opened their own home to begin caring for these children, and the ministry grew from there.
Currently, Adullam house operates on 18 acres of donated land near Wetumpka, Ala., just north of the Capital City of Montgomery. The property has facilities to house older children, ages 4 and older, as well as another building housing a Nursery for infants from birth through age 3. Each dorm can house 24 children. There is also a dorm for full-time intern caregivers as well as a chapel. There is even a swimming pool on site, added in the summer of 2008 through a donation by a special benefactor who wanted to provide something special just for the children.
In October 2011, Adullam House broke ground on a new 12.5-acre school campus, establishing Adullam House Christian Academy. The school provides individualized, Christ-centered curriculum at three levels: preschool, young elementary, and older elementary through high school. Youngsters enjoy small classes that provide them lots of one-on-one interaction with teachers.
Once a month, Adullam House caregivers take the children to visit their mothers in prison, generally at Julia Tutwiler Prison in Wetumpka, the only Alabama State Women’s Prison. These visits are the highlight of the mothers’ week, and they often express peace at knowing their children are well cared for and given the love they are unable to give them.
It should be noted that since they do not rely on any government aid, all of the funding of the Adullam House ministry comes from donations. In July of 2013, a thrift shop was opened in the city of Wetumpka, which provides additional income for the ministry. It also serves as a way to create awareness about the mission of Adullam House. In addition to financial donations, Adullam House also welcomes donations of supplies such as diapers, household supplies, food, clothing and toys for the children.
Adullam House also welcomes teams of workers who are willing to donate their time as construction workers on projects inside and outside. Currently, they are looking for workers and supplies that can help provide new paving and asphalt repair on the facility’s driveway. Overnight accommodations are available for worker teams.
For more information about Adullam House, including how to donate, visit www.adullamhouse.org or call Pete and Angela Spackman at 334-514-3070. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer to mail a donation, send it to Adullam House, P.O. Box 1248, Wetumpka, AL 36092.
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