Helping people move from crisis to self-sufficiency in Shelby County.
To provide the basic needs of people in crisis, helping them achieve
self-sufficiency and empowering them to make positive contributions to their community.
Shelby Emergency Assistance began in 1973 through the efforts of local individuals concerned about the needs of others in our community. These individuals, working as volunteers, developed the basic philosophy that guides our services today. In 1977 the agency became affiliated with United Way of Central Alabama, which led to our expansion of services to cover all of Shelby County. Since that time, SEA has continued to develop a comprehensive array of services directed toward providing basic needs and promoting positive change.
"I went to school here in Montevallo and I'm so glad to be back! It’s been more than 10 years and 4 cities later! I have a true passion for the area and people in this community!"
-SOCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR-
Hettie has dedicated her life to helping the residents of Shelby County and has served at SEA for over 30 years! She is a staple person anyone in Montevallo knows and loves!! She enjoys gardening and her favorite thing to grow is garlic!
"I worked at Shelby Baptist Labor & Delivery for years in the 90's. Later in 2009, I joined the Shelby Emergency Assistance staff. Once, I accidentally answered the phone 'Shelby Labor & Delivery' at SEA (the new Shelby in my life)! Utilizing my wit, I quickly corrected that to the agency greeting!"
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Keesha has her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Master's Degree in Counseling and Psychology. Within only a few minutes of speaking to Keesha, you can clearly see her heart for others and the community.
"I decided to enter the field of counseling, because I have a strong desire to help others and give hope when people feel hopeless. I enjoy spending time with family, traveling, and directing drama plays. "
-ESG CASE MANAGER-
Courtney Humphries graduated from The University of Montevallo with her degree in social work. During her college career, she completed the Disney College Program in Spring 2020. She also interned at One Roof (homeless prevention agency) in Birmingham, AL in Spring 2022.
"I have always loved the small town aesthetic of Montevallo. The University provided me with an amazing college experience and support system. I look forward to giving back to our community, advocating, and serving the Shelby County area."
Cindy as been at SEA for over 10 years! Her background is in Finance and she brings so much helpful information to our clients!
"I love growing a garden. I remember when I was young, my dad and grandmother would plant a garden every year. When I got married and moved into a home, I decided to plant my own garden. I planted tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and okra. I was so proud! My garden was so beautiful, and I wanted my parents to come look at it. Both of them started laughing and my dad said, “Your okra plants are pretty but the okra suppose to be cut when it’s 3-4 inches long, not 8 or 9 inches." You couldn’t even cut it with a knife. I was a little embarrassed, but to this day I still plant a garden each year and so far, no more embarrassing moments!"
Shae, born and raised in Bibb County, fell in love with the city of Montevallo when she was a college student here. "I feel that the way that I have learned to navigate people when they are going through crisis makes me a better social worker." Shae is learning how to use her case management style to pursue further education and work in the field of counseling. One fun fact is that when Shae was at UM, she was in the Purple Side pit chorus when Purple Side secured their 50th victory in the history of College Night.
-ESG Case Manager PT-
Maria Teissere is senior at the Unviersity of Montevallo, currently working on her degree in social work. She enjoys working with children, loves animals, can play instruments, and has already been accepted into the graduate level social work program at Alabama!
Kaelyn Leverett is a sophomore and Falcon Scholar at the University of Montevallo. She is majoring in Sociology and is talented in so many areas that this young student's possibilities in life and career are endless!
Amiee Mellon, President
Joyce Lewis, President Elect
Melinda Bennett, Vice President
Amber Williams, Secretary
Jeffrey Purvis, Treasurer