Agape Resource & Assistance Center January Collection

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Agape provides critical housing, childcare, transportation assistance, & education towards higher income that empower women and their children to transform from crisis and poverty to self-sustaining, fulfilling lives. In its 8 years Agape has grown from 2 beds & a crib to supporting 8 housing units with 45 beds. As of December 2021, Agape provided housing & hope for 192 unduplicated souls, including 80 women head of household families with 112 children.

Over 85% of Agape’s families are victims of abuse & violence, some from human trafficking. All come without a support system to help them overcome the debilitating oppression of poverty & homelessness. Lasting transformation takes time, patience, compassion & faith: the cornerstones of the Agape program.  100% of Agape families are homeless & living at or below the poverty level. Agape helps low to moderate income families by providing the resources needed to become financially stable, breaking cycles of homelessness & poverty for generations to come.

Pre-COVID, Agape required women to have a job. Now we help women get & keep jobs. Average income at entry is $10/hr or $15K-$20K /yr, well below the poverty level.  A primary goal of Agape is to empower women to achieve self-sustained living through workforce training & job placement & financial education & coaching. Agapeans graduate with the ability to afford stable housing, childcare, transportation, and make between $30K-$40K/year. Of the 80 families Agape has served, 58 women (78%) with 76 children have graduated with jobs that enable them to provide homes & stability for their children.

To meet the growing need for housing for homeless women and children in Collin County, we are in the midst of remodeling 2 of our prior office condos into 2 townhomes that will allow us to add homes for up to 10 more women and children.  We hope to open these new units in January 2022!

Donations of the following items are always needed by the women and children of Agape:  toilet tissue, paper towels, laundry detergent pods, liquid dishwashing soap (not for dishwasher), all-purpose cleaner, tub/toilet cleaner, trash bags (13 gallon). Monetary donations and gift cards are always needed to help with items not available at a food pantry as well as for gas and medicines. Gift cards can be purchased through Revelation Scrip. Monetary donations can be made online  and indicate Agape or by check payable to CRUMC.

Please bring donations to the bin in the Mission Donation area during the month of January. If you have any questions, please contact Janet Collinsworth or Linda George.

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