Beyond the Build

Team Building

Supporting a Children’s Fresh Air Farm

We’ve always thought of our campus as a special place, and this weekend, it has a special mission.

Our headquarters will be open on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 11-5 and Sunday, Dec 13 from 1-5 as a part of the Independent Presbyterian Church Holiday Home Tour. Funds raised from ticket sales will benefit Children’s Fresh Air Farm.

Since 1923, IPC has operated this summer program for under-served children in the greater Birmingham area. The children have six weeks of reading, writing and mathematics in the mornings, and in the afternoons they enjoy art, music, drama, science and recreational activities, including swimming and physical education. They receive two healthy meals and a snack, many of whom would be without food if not for this curriculum.

The children have responded eagerly to the safe, fun and loving surroundings of the camp filled with many volunteers of all ages and they have also made significant strides in their academic studies. Each child graduates from the program with their school supplies for the upcoming year, a new uniform, and a voucher for new shoes.

Should like to join us for the tour, tickets can be purchased at the door, by calling the church at 933-1830 or at


Merrill Stewart Jr.

Merrill Stewart is Founder and CEO of The Stewart/Perry Company, a commercial building contractor based in Birmingham.