Thank you all for your continuous support of Wilmer Hall. The administrative office will be closed, and non-residential staff will work remotely until at least April 30. Should you need any immediate assistance, please contact Pratt Paterson at or 251-342-4931.

The safety of our residents is our top priority. Each young person in our care is in a transitional period of life. Please help us provide as much certainty as possible by continuing to support our mission. Please click the DONATE button in the top right corner to give today. Thank you again! 

Wilmer Hall Children's Home is a non-profit faith-based organization that has been serving young people in need in Mobile, Alabama since 1864. Wilmer Hall serves children and young adults through several programs that provide tutoring, on-campus living, and other tools needed to succeed. Wilmer Hall currently has five programs: The Residential Program, the Transitional Living Program, the Transitional Family Program, the on-campus after-school education program (called Education4Life), and the Community-Based Education Program. The Community-Based Education program consists of the Philipa Stirling Hamilton Education Center and the Max Miller Education Program. 

A Rich History

Wilmer Hall originated in 1864 and was started by Bishop Richard H. Wilmer, the second bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama. Wilmer saw the plight of Civil War orphans and planned a children’s home for them in Mobile, Alabama. Originally the home was located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama because of concerns of an attack on the port city from the Union Navy.

In the early 1900s, the home was moved to Spring Hill in Mobile. The first four buildings were designed in a Tudor style and housed the children as well as the deaconesses who cared for them. For the next 40 years, these buildings were more than adequate. However, as needs grew and the number of children increased, four more cottages were constructed behind the four original buildings. In addition to the cottages, a gymnasium was built on the back of the property. These buildings were completed in 1968.

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This is Wilmer Hall

Our Mission

The mission of Wilmer Hall Children’s Home is to provide a safe home for children and young adults in need due to poverty, abuse, neglect, and homelessness. We serve all children and young adults without regard to race, ethnicity, or religion.

Wilmer Hall extends warm and nurturing care to every child and young adult in its care, ensuring they are surrounded by people who love and support them. Our goal is to help young people succeed in four areas: physical health, emotional stability, academic achievement, and spiritual maturity.

Wilmer Hall serves children and young adults through five programs: the Residential Living Program, the Transitional Living Program, the Transitional Family Program, the on-campus Education Program, and the Community-Based Education Program.