The Quest for Social Justice, Inc. took root in 1998 when a group of Catholics, including sisters from several religious communities, began meeting in a private home. Their goal was to reflect on the scriptures and on Catholic Social Teaching and to formulate action plans to be implemented in the Mobile, Alabama, area. They were motivated by the fact that there was at the time no identifiable religous voice of social justice in the Mobile, Alabama, area. Nor were issues of social inequities, clearly evidenced in the nation, addressed at the local level.
The group's first focus was public education on issues such as the School of the Americas, capital punishment, tax reform, and landlord-tenant legislation.
In the year 2001, the program expanded to the point that establishing an office of social justice was needed, especially since the orginal organizer, Greg Speltz, was leaving the area. A temporary Board of Directors was created and a fund-raising campaign began. The group was incorporated in the state of Alabama under the name of "The Quest for Social Justice, Inc." on March 15, 2001. In that same month an office was opened at 3263 Demetropolis Road in Mobile, Alabama. Since 2001, the Board of Directors has expanded to include representatives of a variety of faith-based and civic organizations working on the causes of peace and justice, including Alabama Arise, Citizens for Peace, and Bay Area Womens' Coalition.