Local Ministry named Finalist in National Contest

Michelle Browder received the news a few days ago.

"I was turning cartwheels," she exclaimed.

She entered Montgomery's Faith Crusades Ministries into a national, $25,000 contest with Turner Broadcasting and the TBS show "Tyler Perry's House of Payne." The ministry is in the top five.

Michelle's father, Chap, is the director of the ministry. Since it was founded, Faith Crusades has worked to provide shelter for the homeless and ex-offenders.

"After 11 years of waiting, and praying to the Lord for some vision, it's turning around now," he said.

Chap purchased and renovated 11 acres near Mobile Highway. Through work with FEMA and other companies, he was able to buy furnished trailers...and move them to this area, which he hopes will soon be a haven for the homeless.

"This is the dream of my life: to have this homeless community built here in Montgomery," Chap said.

"The sooner we can get the money, the sooner we can get the people in.  So that's what's going on with that," exclaimed Michelle.

As the deadline approaches, the ministry waits, and they try to get the most votes as possible before the polls close Sunday at midnight.

Reported by: Cody Holyoke