Anne Darden Wright Promoted To Executive Director



Anne Darden Wright Named Executive Director at The Firehouse Shelter

BIRMINGHAM, AL, November 20, 2013—The Firehouse Shelter has appointed Anne Darden Wright Executive Director effective immediately following her nomination and unanimous board member approval during the November 14th board meeting.

Wright was enthusiastic following her appointment, “I am thrilled to continue to serve the homeless of Birmingham. The Firehouse is an organization that serves with love, compassion and empathy and I believe that if we continue to follow our mission to end homelessness with these tenets in mind, we will to grow and progress in a positive manner!”

Wright has been serving The Firehouse Shelter as the Interim Executive Director since August 2013. She has provided effective and creative leadership and oversight for all operations following the resignation of long-time Executive Director, Steve Freeman, in late July of this year. Prior to stepping into the Interim Executive Director role in August, Wright supervised five housing programs, 15 staff members and seven facilities serving over 210 homeless men every night. Victor Smith, current Board President exclaimed, “We are very blessed to have someone serve in this capacity as gifted and committed as Anne. The Firehouse Shelter staff and clients are all excited with this recent appointment!”

Wright added, “The Firehouse Shelter has served this community for 30 years. As long as there is a need, we will work tirelessly with our community to meet it.” The Firehouse has seen tremendous growth in the past 10 years. What was once a shelter to meet the immediate needs (food, shelter & clothing) of homeless men has grown to now provide transitional and permanent housing, the city’s only street outreach program and Alabama’s only Safe Haven program which provides a low demand housing option for homeless men suffering from the effects of severe mental illnesses. Wright shared her leadership vision by saying, “I believe that no living being should be without a home and I am proud to become the Executive Director of an organization that values and accepts all people, because everyone deserves a second chance.”

Michelle Farley, Executive Director of One Roof, added this to say about Anne Wright’s appointment, “One Roof, the coordinating agency for homeless and at risk services providers, would like to offer congratulations to The Firehouse Board of Directors on the installation of Anne Wright, an educated and passionate new Executive Director. One Roof is certain that her experiences within Firehouse and her experiences in advocating for the under-served and often unseen populations will be a phenomenal asset to our community as we move forward in ending homelessness as we know it today!”

To reach Anne Wright regarding any Shelter- related business, you can contact her by email at: or by phone (205) 252-9576.