Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries (ABCH) and Pathways Professional Counseling now have more spacious and specialized facilities in Birmingham, thanks to a building project dedicated Nov. 8.
The $4.5 million project — which renovated the existing ABCH administrative building and added an expansion for Pathways — will better position the ministries to care for the foster children and families in their care, according to ministry leaders.
Rod Marshall, ABCH president and CEO, also announced that the rededicated administrative building would be named The Paul and Diane Miller Administrative Service Center in honor of the retired ABCH CEO and his late wife.
At the dedication, Miller prayed that every child in the ministry’s care would “find hope, healing and wellness.”
The building named after him offers updates including an expanded Pilot Room that can host nearly 100 for foster parent training classes, conferences and board meetings. It also has an indoor play area and interview rooms that give added ability to host children, biological parents, foster parents and staff.
The new Pathways building expansion has 16 counseling offices for its licensed professional counselors and six dedicated Play Therapy and attachment specific therapy rooms with observation areas. It also has a walking track and basketball court to offer places for children and teens to open up to counselors in a relaxed, outdoor setting.
“We are incredibly grateful for the multiple churches, donors and businesses who gave to help see this expansion and renovation project come to fruition,” said Michelle Drashman Glassford, ABCH director of communications.