How to Serve the Foundry Ministries

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Foundry Ministries

Ramon Arias, of Birmingham, Alabama, serves as the president of the Bravo Corporation, a pizza franchise that employs more than 800 people and won the 2009 Franchise of the Year award in Alabama. Ramon Arias also contributes to the Birmingham community by supporting a number of charities and nonprofits, including the Foundry Ministries.

With multiple locations throughout Alabama, the Foundry Ministries is committed to helping addicts and former convicts discover purpose through the guidance of Christ. The organization sees hope in those that many consider hopeless and believe that every person can achieve his or her potential and live a meaningful life.

Like all charitable organizations, the Foundry Ministries relies on volunteers and contributors to keep its vision alive. There are many ways for people to get involved:

1. Lend a hand at the thrift store recovery program.
2. Organize a food drive.
3. Help with lawn care maintenance at ministry locations.
4. Mentor recovery program participants.
5. Pack and serve produce bags for the mobile produce pantry.

The Foundry Ministries also accepts donations of any amount.


Graduate of Foundry Ministries’ Recovery Program Mentors Others

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The Foundry


As the head of Bravo Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama, Ramon Arias operates a network of franchise restaurants. Outside of working for Bravo Corporation, Ramon Arias is also an active member of his Birmingham, Alabama community, where he volunteers with the Foundry Ministries. His volunteer work helps to ensure job readiness and proper interview skills among at-risk community members.

Dedicated to their motto “Rescue. Recovery. Reentry,” Foundry Ministries enables people battling addiction and other challenges to find Christ-centered ways to success in life. The organization’s website features a member of the Recovery Program’s first graduating class. Battling alcoholism and depression, Tony was released from the hospital following a suicide attempt in the mid-1990s and turned to faith to help him create a more positive life.

After completing the program in 1997, Tony took a position with the organization’s Fairfield, Alabama, thrift store and, like many program graduates, began his career. Continuing in his position as store manager to this day, Tony mentors new program graduates as someone who has been clean and sober for two decades.

Feeding America’s Child Hunger Programs

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BackPack Program

Birmingham, Alabama resident Ramon Arias has served as president of the 800-employee pizza franchise Bravo Corporation since 2002. When he isn’t working, Ramon Arias actively supports Feeding America’s efforts throughout Birmingham and the entire state of Alabama.

A national non-profit organization, Feeding America has a myriad of programming specifically aimed at lowering hunger rates for certain groups of people. One of its most prevalent areas of work is its effort to end child hunger. The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that 13.1 million children in the United States are without consistent access to nutritious food. Two Feeding America programs designed to combat that number are the BackPack Program and Kids Cafe.

Launched more than 15 years ago, the BackPack Program provides healthy snacks and meals to children on the weekend, supplementing the work done through the National School Lunch/Breakfast Program. More than 160 food banks nationwide collect and distribute food to as many as 450,000 children each week.

The Kids Cafe program, launched in 1993, provides free snacks and meals to children with low-income backgrounds at various after-school centers such as YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, and public schools. The program also includes nutrition education and various social and recreational activities.

The Men’s Recovery Program of the Foundry Ministries

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Men’s Recovery Program

As the president of Bravo Corporation, a successful pizza franchise in Birmingham, Alabama, Ramon Arias is tasked with the day-to-day operations of the company. In his spare time, Ramon Arias volunteers with the Foundry Ministries in Bessemer, Alabama, where he participates in the employment readiness program of the organization.

The Foundry Ministries is an organization dedicated to helping those who are homeless regain their lives by providing them with a home, proper food and diet, as well as training programs to help combat self-destructive habits.

One of the organization’s initiatives is the Men’s Recovery Program, which focuses on helping those who cannot afford a place to live or have been evicted from their homes. With campuses in Bessemer, the Foundry gives men a safe place to live, warm clothes, and daily essentials such as toiletries.

The recovery program also includes free medical and dental care, as well as therapy to assist in overcoming addiction and substance abuse. The Men’s Recovery Program implements a Christ-centered curriculum that allows for one-on-one counseling sessions, helping the men address issues they face in their lives and their relationships.

The Men’s Recovery Program also focuses on employment readiness, helping the participants re-enter society with the tools necessary to build a new life.

NASL and USL Under Provisional Division II Status

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American Soccer League (NASL)



Ramon Arias is president of Bravo Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama. The successful pizza franchise employs more than 800 people and was voted Franchise of the Year in Alabama in 2009. When he is not overseeing operations, Ramon Arias enjoys watching soccer, a hobby that grew out of his family’s involvement with the game.

On January 6, 2017, the United States Soccer (USS) Board of Directors granted the North American Soccer League (NASL) and the United Soccer League (USL) provisional Division II status for the 2017 season. Qualifying for Division II status allows the teams to play for a spot in the Division I lineup, more commonly known as Major League Soccer. Division I requires greater commitment and year-long practices.

Although the NASL and USL met some of the requirements, they are both still under provisional status until they meet additional criteria designated by the USS board. During this period, an internal committee of the USS will work with the NASL and USL to help them achieve full Division II status.

United States Soccer President Sunil Gulati said this process allows for the larger goal of providing a sustainable future for soccer in the United States. He also added that the league looks forward to another productive year for professional soccer in this country.

The USL and NASL extended their gratitude through USL CEO Alec Papadakis and North Carolina FC owner Steve Malik. Both leagues are open to the process and excited to begin playing in the spring.

The Re-Entry Program at The Foundry in Alabama

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The Foundry

Ramon Arias leads the Bravo Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition to presiding over his considerable holdings in pizza franchises, Ramon Arias is active in charitable pursuits in the Birmingham, Alabama, area. He is especially involved with local ministry The Foundry.

Serving some of Alabama’s most underserved populations, The Foundry focuses on those from low-income backgrounds and who have struggled with substance abuse or the legal system. More than 1,000 men leave Alabama’s prison system each month, and more than a third of those people will find themselves re-incarcerated within a few years without intervention. The Foundry takes a faith-based approach to helping these individuals heal themselves and better their lives.

The Foundry operates a six-month-long Re-Entry program, which is designed to give former inmates the tools they need to thrive in work and life. The program helps participants meet basic needs, such as shelter and medical care. They also have access to a wealth of counseling services, Bible studies, and adult education classes.

During the second phase of the program, participating men are eligible to obtain full- or part-time employment outside of The Foundry. Once employed, former inmates may take advantage of opportunities in transitional housing, affording them extra support and accountability as they transition into mainstream society.

Feeding America Provides Meals for Children in Alabama

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Feeding America


Leading over 800 employees, Ramon Arias serves as president of Bravo Corporation, a flourishing pizza franchise headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. Ramon Arias is also involved in charitable undertakings and has donated more than 300,000 meals to food banks in his locality through the Feeding America initiative in Alabama.

The largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the country, Feeding America sources food donation from national food manufacturers, growers, packers, government agencies, retailers, and others, and then transports donated food and other items to member food banks. Over 4 billion meals were served last year to over 46 million people in need in a country that, ironically, annually wastes food measured in the billions of pounds.

In the state of Alabama, 1 in 5 individuals struggle with hunger. The state is served by five Feeding America food banks, including the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama in Birmingham, which distributes over 10 million meals across 12 counties each year. The Central Alabama chapter also maintains programs such as the Weekenders Backpack Program, which delivers more than 16,000 meals per week to children via a backpack.