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.

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.

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.

The Foundry’s Re-Entry Program

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The Foundry

The president of Bravo Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama, Ramon Arias leads a successful pizza franchise with over 800 employees. Ramon Arias also gives back to the community by working with the job readiness and job re-entry programs of The Foundry Ministries in Bessemer, Alabama.

The Foundry began in 1971 with the aim of bringing back hope and restoring the lives of ex-inmates, the destitute, and addicts through Christ-centered ministries. One of the organization’s initiatives is its prison re-entry program. Every year, thousands of men are released from Alabama prisons. With little support, appropriate life skills, or relevant education, some former inmates resort to committing crimes again in order to survive.

The re-entry program is made up of two phases lasting six months. Ex-inmates live at The Foundry, where they are provided basic essentials such as shelter, food, and clothing and are assisted in acquiring legal documents such as a driver’s license. They take part in voluntary counseling, prayer, adult education, and financial management programs.

In the first phase, the men serve on-site in an “employment readiness” area to help get adjusted to the mainstream workforce. The next phase involves acquiring full-time or part-time employment out in the real world. With a salaried job, the participants pay a reasonable stipend for food and lodging while completing the final portion of the program. This entails living in transitional housing, receiving continued support and accountability, and eventually finding a permanent home.

Crimson Tide Football – A Selection of the Best Players of All Time

Alabama Crimson Tide
Alabama Crimson Tide


Restaurateur Ramon Arias lives and works in Birmingham, Alabama, where he leads the Bravo Corporation. Outside of his empire of pizza franchises, Ramon Arias is an enthusiastic fan of football in the Birmingham, Alabama area, and supports the Crimson Tide.

The Alabama Crimson Tide, dating back to 1892, has produced hundreds of the greatest athletes in American college football. Over the last 125 years, the program has produced 239 all-conference honorees and 119 first-team All-Americans. This wealth of talent includes the following, some of the greatest stars in Alabama history.

– Derrick Thomas. Perhaps the best linebacker of the 1990s, he held a wealth of school records, including for most career sacks and most sacks in a season. Thomas played for the Kansas City Chiefs after leaving Alabama.

– John Hannah. Sports Illustrated once called this All-American the “best offensive lineman of all time,” a designation disputed by few. He was picked fourth in the 1973 draft and played for the New England Patriots his entire professional career.

– Ozzie Newsome. Today, he is one of the best general managers in the game. At Alabama, he was likely the best tight end the school has seen to this day. His career at Alabama ended with 102 receptions and a record-breaking average of 20.3 yards gained per pass.