MAIC (Mobile Area Interfaith Conference) is an Alabama non-profit corporation and an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We exist to increase awareness of social justice issues that affect the disenfranchised. We form alliances and collaborations with faith-based organizations, religious congregations and service organizations in Mobile, AL. These alliances and collaborations assist in creating systemic change, alleviating poverty and building relationships that support social justice for all our citizens.
The MISSION of MAIC is to empower the marginalized and build bridges in our community through advocacy, education and service.
The VISION of MAIC is a just community which recognizes the inherent worth and dignity of all persons and collaborates to offer hope and opportunity.
MAIC was created 41 years ago to serve as the catalyst organization for meeting unmet needs in our community. We were instrumental in the founding of: Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen, Feeding the Gulf Coast (Food Bank) and Housing First, Inc. (The Homeless Coalition). In 2002 we established a ministry in the Mobile Metro Jail which is now known as the Metro Chaplaincy Program. Again in 2016 we were called upon to create The Neighbor Center, a community based reentry program. In 2020, we opened the Academy for Job Opportunities.
Today, MAIC serves as the coordinating organization for reentry activities in the Mobile area. We use collaboration letters and Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) as the basis for communication, strategic planning and referrals within the community to make efficient use of existing resources and development of reentry services in order to reduce recidivism.
The Metro Chaplaincy Program continues to serve the inmates at the Mobile Metro Jail through coordination of pastoral, religious and educational services. These services are offered through the funding and volunteer support of area congregations as well as Goodwill Easter Seals, Celebrate Recovery and Fatherhood Initiative.
The Neighbor Center provides community based reentry services to former inmates (returning neighbors) from local, state or federal correctional facilities. Case managers provide services through referrals and support in establishing goals focused on stability and self-sufficiency.
The Academy for Career Development is an education, training and employment program for adults with histories of incarceration who have personal goals for avoiding recidivism and becoming economically self-sufficient citizens.