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WHO WE ARE

As a faith-based, non-profit serve adults with organization, Eighth Street Community provides services for adults with diverse disabilities ranging from autism, cerebral palsy, brain injury, hearing impaired, cognitive disability, and visually impaired.

 

Since 1979, we aim to:

  • Provide quality structured living arrangements and care plans

  • Advocate for individual strengths

  • Improve the quality of life activities that enable personal growth

  • Broaden our residents’ network of friends and family

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

The cost to provide the 24-hour, full-care service to each one of our residents is $3,500 per month. Because most of our resident's income is from Supplemental Security Income (SSI), on average, their monthly income is $733. Our residents have limited resources and are on disability, the most they earn is $733. That's why we work with our community to match their "everyday care."

Please consider making a monthly contribution to help with this ongoing need! If you would like to sponsor a resident, contact Susan McGrady.

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305 8th Street is a 6,500 square foot home located in the heart of Huntsville, Alabama that was built in 1949 by the McDonald Family. In 1962, it became the home of the Booker Family. Mr. Booker worked at NASA and rented out bedroom in the basement to individuals interning in NASA's programs. This home, with 11 bedrooms and four living rooms seemed ideal to meet the vision of Miss Irene Smith for the purpose of serving mentally ill adults who had been living in the local missions. She purchased the home in 1979. Unfortunately, her vision was short-lived when she died unexpectedly.

Inez Bastin, Miss Smith’s sister, assumed responsibility in 1980 to carry out her sister’s vision. A few months later, Gordon Bastin joined his wife in the mission. In 1982, two intellectually disabled adults who had been

living in foster care were released from the Department of Human Resources and in need of a new home. Inez and Gordon decided, without hesitation, to accept them as members of their special 8th Street Family.  This decision would cause the home to lose

state-subsidized funding.

Out of adversity, a new vision was born to serve disabled adults with mental disabilities who required special care and structured living and could live in a place where they could become family. In 1982, Mr. and Mrs. Bastin received not-for-profit, 501 C (3) status, and changed the name to Jehovah Jireh, Incorporated, which means “The Lord Provides”.​

They opened up the Bastin Home in the early 90s, a state-funded home for mentally ill men in Athens, AL. The Bastin's both died in 2000 and while family members were able to sustain the mission, the homes and property and needs of the residents became overwhelming to manage. 

In 2007, Jehovah Jireh, Incorporated was on the brink of closing. Mrs. Andrea Vosper Williams, the granddaughter of Inez and Gordon Bastin, felt called to continue the dream of her grandparents and provide the residents with the guidance that they so desperately needed. After just two months of volunteering and praying the simple prayer, “Let Your Will be done”, Williams was given the strength to lead the community into a new era of solvency and positive change. Mrs. Williams served as Executive Director for 16 years, sharing her vision and telling the story of 305 8th Street. As a result, volunteers, churches, service groups, individuals, organizations, and corporations have continued to donate their time, talent, and other gifts and have become the foundation of sustaining our mission to provide quality care.

305 8th Street is the primary residence and main hub for our organization. Surrounding properties fall under the umbrella of 305 8th Street. They offer more independence and flexibility in smaller settings for adults aware of common dangers who need structured schedules.

Today, we continue to operate on faith after 40 years. We now call ourselves Eighth Street Community to honor residents within 3 homes on 8th Street, in the heart of Huntsville. 

HISTORY OF 305 8TH STREET

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Andrea Williams - Co Founder
Mr. and Mrs. Bastin
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Susan McGrady (Executive Director) & Andrea Williams (right)

In 2023, Andrea Williams, ended her venture as Executive Director to focus on her family and next adventure. Andrea continues to advocate for 8th Street and volunteer as needed. 8th Street is engraved in Andrea's DNA so loving the residents is in her blood.

Our Board of Directors spent many months praying and searching for someone to fill Adnrea's shoes just half. Prayers were answered and Susan McGrady was selected as the new Executive Director. Susan brings over 20 years of experience, spanning from social work to her previous role as the Director of the Council on Aging Limestone County Commission. Her exemplary leadership skills and expertise in grant writing make her an ideal fit for Eighth Street's goal of long-term sustainability. Susan has lots of dedication and love to give our residents. 

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"LET YOUR WILL

BE DONE"

GOVERNANCE

305 8th Street Community is managed by a Board of Directors. They are all volunteers who lend their knowledge and expertise to the development of our programs. The Board of Directors meets monthly with the sole purpose of ensuring that the programs are managed with integrity and that the needs of the residents are met.

Chris Patty, Chairman, Strategic Plan Committee Chairman

David Pumpelly, Co-Chair, Finance Committee Co-Chairman

Yvonne Tafoya, Member, Finance Committee Chairman

JoAnn Perez, Member, Fundraising Chairman

Roy Ferrante, Member, Fundraising Co-Chairman

Marilynn Szecholda, Secretary, HR Committee

Stan Stinson, Member, Strategic Planning Committee

Kevin Long, Member, Strategic Planning Committee

Jamie Brabston, Member, HR Committee

Leka Medenbach, Ex-Officio

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Susan McGrady, Executive Director

Cydney A Honaker, Operations Director

Becky Harrell, Wellness Supervisor

Wanda McCoy, Program Supervisor

Wynton Scott, Office & Finance Manager

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ADMINISTRATION

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A caring and professional staff of House Manager carry out the daily functions for the residents. Dedicated volunteers range from assisting administrative work and direct food preparation and support of our resident's activities.

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