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jaylan saunders family fund

Dear CGM friends and family,


Last week, Jaylan Saunders, a 16 year-old student in our program, was shot and killed as he slept at home. Many people, through various social media channels or in private communication, have expressed a desire to help his family in the aftermath of this senseless loss.

Common Ground Montgomery will be serving as an instrument of collection to help the family in three ways:

  1. Collection of remaining funeral expenses (the service will be on Saturday, February 2nd, at River City Church—301 Dexter Ave—at noon)

  2. Money to help the family during this time of lost wages and also to help with relocation away from the house (in which he was killed in front of his mom and twin sister)

  3. Long term professional trauma counseling costs for his mom and sisters

Would you consider donating toward these expenses either online ( under the “13. Jaylan Saunders Family Fund” line item, or via check sent to :

Common Ground Montgomery
P.O. Box 1866
Montgomery, Al. 36102

We thank you so much for your kindness and mercy during this devastating time.

Psalm 34:3,
Bryan Kelly

free tax return preparation

Did you know that you don’t have to pay for tax preparation? SaveFirst, sponsored by Troy University-Montgomery, offers FREE certified tax preparation and electronic filing services for working families and individuals. We provide these services for households earning up to $55,000 with children, or up to $20,000 without children.

Appointments begin mid-January. To make an appointment call the SaveFirst appointment hotline at 888-99-TAX-AL.

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2nd medical course at cgm

Dear CGM neighbors, if you missed out on the current Patient Care Tech or Phlebotomy classes at our building, NyWes Healthcare will be having some new classes starting November 5, 2018.

Patient Care Tech - 5 Weeks (Thursday's only from 6-9pm, at the NyWes building)
Phlebotomy Tech - 8 Weeks (Mon & Wed from 10am-1pm, at the CGM main building)

Registration $150
Class Fee $50

Please call or visit NyWes for more information and to sign up for classes!

NyWes Phlebotomy and Health Services
2740 Central Parkway #5
Montgomery, AL 36106

334-676-3388 – Office

the mercy house grand opening

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Thanks to the initiatives and partnership of Common Ground Montgomery, the Mercy House has launched into a new 501(c)3 nonprofit ministry continuing to focus on the holistic transformation of the Washington Park Community.

The Montgomery Chamber of Commerce held a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

Open every day, this ministry houses a food pantry and a clothes closet to serve people in need. Through the food pantry, TMH able to serve about 50 families each week with emergency food needs. Daily, TMH serves hot meals to both the elderly and homeless people in our community.

TMH will soon include the Pathway House (John 3:16). The Pathway House was designed to be a multifaceted building that will house programs to meet many of the needs of impoverished people. It will be an adult education center during the week which will include parenting classes, GED classes, financial literacy classes, word-processing and basic computer skills, interviewing techniques, and resume writing. They will also teach how to dress for success in the work place. It will become a tutoring center for children that are not in any other structured programs in the community. On Sundays, the Pathway House will be Sunday school classrooms.

TMH’s desires are, through teaching, to elevate people from poor behaviors, bad practices, life circumstances beyond their control, and generational bondage to the plan that God has for their lives.

For more information, call Ken Austin at The Mercy House: (334) 676-3040. 

Mailing address

Mercy House 
P.O. Box 10035
Montgomery, AL 36108

Physical address

Mercy House
2412 Council Street
Montgomery, AL 36108