Promise Homes, Inc. To Sell Facilities


Established as United Methodist Residential Alternatives in 1994, Promise Homes has provided care for intellectually disabled adults throughout north Alabama. Due to changes in state regulations for care providers, Promise Homes is seeking to be acquired by larger care provider.

Because regulations and reimbursement procedures at the state Department of Mental Health are scheduled to change in 2013, many smaller group home providers are seeking alliances with larger providers better positioned to make this transition. After prayerful deliberation, Promise Homes’ leadership determined such an alliance was a proper course of action, has identified a prospective partner and begun the process. In all likelihood, Promise Homes will be acquired by Ability Plus, a nonprofit provider based in Madison, Alabama, and as a result, ceased to be a separate legal entity as of January 1, 2013.

“While this may seem like an extreme measure, it is the best way to ensure continuity of care for the residents of Promise Homes,” stated James McCrary, Promise Homes’ board chair. “Their wellbeing is our primary concern."

"We will never be able to adequately thank the United Methodist Churches of the North Alabama Conference and their members for their generous support over the years. Their faithfulness allowed us to be a blessing for our residents and for their families," noted McCrary.

The new house at Bluff Park United Methodist Church will continue as planned. The house is an asset of the Bluff Park Community Ministries Foundation, associated with the church but a separate legal entity with 501(c)(3) status, and the BPCMF will partner with a strong and reputable group home provider to identify the initial set of clients for the Bluff Park house and operate it. Developments with the Promise Homes organization will not affect the mission of the Bluff Park UMC house built to serve six intellectually disabled adults. The house project is fully funded and on schedule to open in spring 2013. The Governing and Emeritus Boards of Promise Homes are fully committed to working with the BPCMF to ensure the Bluff Park UMC house stays on course and fulfills the mission portrayed to our funding partners in the United Methodist community.

The house at Bluff Park will represent a new model of residential care for intellectually disabled adults. Clients will each have a complete living space (including a personal bathroom), and there will be wonderful communal space (including a large porch off the back of the house). Further, the church membership will provide social and spiritual support to the clients.

With six homes in Decatur and three in Gadsden, Promise Homes has provided both residential services and care along with day services at an activity center in Decatur. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, Promise Homes was also an Advance Special of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church, Fund #143.

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