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-
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!
-ESG CASE MANAGER-
I like making friends with stray animals. It's a cool feeling when they trust you. Helping them on their journey to a better life is really fulfilling, and something I'm sure I'll always do. You may have seen me doing some crazy stuff out in front of SEA for this pup, but it was so worth it. And, I'm sure it won't be the last time...
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, a graduate at UM, was in the Purple Side pit chorus when Purple Side secured their 50th victory in the history of College Night.
-PROSPERITY COACH, THRIVE TOGETHER SHELBY COUNTY PROGRAM-
I love to make relaxing scented candles and give them out to help people practice relaxation.
Justine Glass is a UM student working on her degree in social work. Her fun fact is that she is a star athlete (running cross country and track at UM) and she is from Canada.
Monique is an LSU graduate student interning at SEA until August 2021. She has a long history of giving back to the Shelby County community and has a heart for working with children.
Amiee Mellon, President
Susan Lehman, Vice President
Lizbeth Juarez, Secretary
Jeffrey Purvis, Treasurer
Jim Hicks, Past President
Charlene Robb Tucker