Welcome to Shepherd's Fold

Shepherd's Fold, Inc. is a residential life transformation center for men and women being released from prison. Be sure to read our Ministry Overview to learn more about Shepherd's Fold.


Since 1986 our vision remains the same: To help men and women released from prison or jail find total freedom from the inside out.


Equipping men and women to make a genuine life transformation after prison and become a contributing member of society.

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Celebrate Freedom

A fellowship of peers experiencing freedom from the inside out. Often those who begin the journey to freedom in prison desire to be connected to others who are continuing the journey to freedom on "the streets". Celebrate Freedom is a vehicle for that to happen.

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Shepherd's Fold is an accredited member of the Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability (ECFA).   ECFA was created to provide guidelines for responsible stewardship of donated funds, which they termed the Seven Steps of Responsible Stewardship.   Guidelines Shepherd's Fold has diligently embraced since 2004.

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Larry's Story

My name is Larry,I am a soldier for our Lord, Jesus Christ. My story with drugs, crime and prison began about 25 years ago when I first got introduced to crack cocaine by a so-called friend.I’ve had several car wrecks and near-death experiences.

I’ve been to prison seven times and spent over 20 years behind prison bars, searching for deliverance. I’ll never forget the time of my first use of drugs in 1990. After two hits, I fell in love with it. I was always faithful to it and did whatever it wanted me to do. I was enslaved for many years by this powerful evil spirit.

My life changed December 9, 2010, when I was living in a motel in Tuscaloosa, high out of my mind. God spoke to me in a dream, showed me He was taking control of my life and that the next day I was to be arrested and sent to prison. It was a strange dream, but it came to pass. With 27 felony convictions, I was eventually sentenced to 40 years in prison.

I arrived at a maximum security camp, St. Clair Prison. Most men there were never getting out of prison. I was in a place of no hope. I went blind in one eye - had several surgeries; I went to the doctor over 100 times. Thank God, I had a measure of faith that I grasped hold of and while I was blind, God showed me how precious sight is. In prison, I had another encounter with God. He spoke to me - said He has power over life and death, prison or freedom, and to see or not to see. He had been calling me for many years, but I rejected the call. In His love, He showed me He meant business. I was spared death and Hell. He allowed me another chance to work for Him. Many are called, but few are chosen. The choice was mine. I decided to walk with Him and walk out the vision He had given me of being a soldier for Christ. On the battlefield, one day at a time, at the prison I was at, 25 men and I prayed every morning at 6 AM, giving honor to God. With much opposition, God was for us. They are still praying there in prison today. After about a year of praying, my judge called me back to court and gave me another chance. He released me to probation. Jesus has control of prison, Hell and death!

Since I’ve been out of prison and living in society, everything is new. I’m having to relearn how to live. I never lived a life without crime. I have made a choice not to go back to those things. Instead, I have chosen to wake up in the morning, pray, spend time in the Word and meditate on it, filling my mind with the word of God. The main thing that I have today that helps me stay focused is the armor of God that the apostle Paul speaks of in Ephesians 6:10—be strong in the Lord & in the power of His might. Put on the armor of God, so we can stand against the wiles of the enemy. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but principalities, powers, rulers of darkness and wicked spirits. The same way we put our clothes on—as Christians, we are to put on our spiritual armor. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty before God of the pulling down of strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:4,5

As I grow in my faith, the Lord has shown me that we are to fight the good fight of faith. We are to endure hardness as a good soldier. We are to use our spiritual weapons at our disposal. The battle has been real. I’ve come to realize that the weapons are very much real spiritual warfare. Revelations 12:11 We overcome the enemy by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. This is another weapon He has given us to combat the enemy. I’m grateful that I have a testimony and can begin living a victorious life and passing the message to other soldiers. I’m really grateful Shepherd’s Fold has allowed me to be a part of the ministry and the Lord sent me here. The fellowship, the love, the food, all the attributes of Jesus Christ being our foundation—I’m grateful. Jesus showed me a scripture while I was blind—John 8:12—Jesus spoke, “He that followeth Him shall never walk in darkness. He is the light of the world.” I’m following Jesus this time.


Jennifer's Story

I did not say when I was a child that I wanted to become heroin addict. God blessed me with godly parents who made sure I was in church every Sunday. As a teen, I felt the dark side calling me, but it wasn’t until my early 30’s that I opened that door.

I didn’t know how to handle my emotions, hurt, rejection or disappointment. So I drank to forget or numb.

In the 90’s, I found an answer to all my problems. It was in a bottle called Xanex, Lortab, Oxycontin, numbed the pain & took away the hurt. I started using daily. I ran out of money, started stealing, & finally sold my body just to eat.

I’ve been to the best and the worst of rehabs, begging somebody to help me. They’d throw me back out into the world & tell me to stay clean. In 2012, I got my first possession case. The judge gave me every opportunity to change, but I still could not, so I went to prison.

After release, I was staying at a shelter—easy to get dope and hot meals and with a bed at night. The next day, I’d wake up to start all over again. Being a habitual offender, the judge then put me on Community Corrections, & I had to go to TASC. I was tired, worn down and didn’t have any other option. I hadn’t spoken to my children in five years & begged God, “Just take me out, Lord.” I had to stay clean.

I took “Thinking For A Change” classes and sat there thinking, “I’m going crazy. Are they crazy? Don’t they know I have this monkey on my back I have to feed?” Tears started coming. Something told me to ask for help. I knew I couldn’t do it on my own.

Three ladies found me a bed at Shepherd’s Fold in 24 hours. My mind started racing, “I need to get high one more time! I thought I’d have a couple of weeks!” That was not God’s plan. With 10,000 reasons why not to go, the van would take me to the women’s house, & I needed to be on it.

When you walk thru the house, you can feel the Spirit of the Lord. The ladies there loved me and prayed for me. I felt life returning to my body. After a few days, I began to think clearer. We had Bible studies and went to church. I continued TASC. Those emotions I ran from & covered up came back. My past came up often—but the Lord said He made me a new creature. I had to learn how to deal with them without using.

The Bible says you sow what you reap. All the drug use and irresponsibilities left me homeless with nothing, but now I’m sowing clean time—finally seeing the fruits of my labor. God has blessed me with a job & Christian coworkers who are recovering addicts. I’m working long, hard hours, but have now been promoted to supervisor. I’m on the waiting list for Shelter+Care housing, have a car, & am saving money. I have a relationship with my children again and feel like a new woman.

I’m not saying being clean is an easy road, but it gets easier. I’m learning to deal with life without using drugs. I’ve got eight weeks clean, and that monkey on my back doesn’t talk to me as much any more. I’m building my foundation on God. I can talk to Him and the Christians I choose to be around—to help me walk through it. They’ve helped me spiritually, to become ladylike again, take responsibility for the things I’ve done, and help me realize it’s not the end. I have another chance.

Thanks to the Lord and to all who have helped me get back on my feet. So many have been an inspiration. If you’re truly ready to give it up, you have to ask for help. The Lord will deliver you.

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Shepherd's Fold, Inc.
ATTN: Executive Director - Green Calhoun
PO Box 2084
Birmingham, AL 35201-2084

Tele: (205) 780-6211

Fax: (205) 777-4142

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Guiding Light

Is a new Women’s Program Housing and eventual women graduate apartment community. Final renovations are in progress. These include all new Central Heat and Air systems, all-new appliances, new flooring in most areas, new HUGE Bible-study deck, new insulation, new double pane windows thru-out, new entry doors throughout, fresh paint everywhere, large Vegetable Garden and much more. This facility to be owned and operated by Shepherd’s Fold ministries will be the 2nd largest community for female ex-offenders in the state of Alabama. Stay tuned for more info in next few months.

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