First Light is a women and children’s shelter in Birmingham, AL with a mission to work with homeless women and their children to create hospitality in a safe and nurturing community, to encourage them to maintain dignity, to find hope, to seek opportunity, and to grow spiritually, thereby achieving their full potential.
Sherry Bray, LMSW, MPA, Director of Social Services at First Light, will share their work and talk about the history and future of the shelter’s unique facility.
Sherry Bray, LMSW, MPA is currently the Director of Social Services at First Light Shelter in Birmingham. She has been at the agency for 20 years. Bray received an undergraduate degree in social work from the University of Montevallo and later received her Master of Social Work from the University of Alabama. In 2019, she also earned a Master of Public Administration.
Her work at First Light consists of supervising a staff of social workers, assisting with policy writing, daily shelter operations, HUD grant newels, and implementation of new housing programs, just to name a few. She is also an adjunct professor at UAB in the social work department and has been there for 10+ years.
Bray enjoys going to the beach, experimenting with graphic design, and spending time with family. She also likes to travel and read when the opportunity presents itself. Her son is graduating from high school next month and will attend Tennessee State University in the fall.