Missions of Custer Road UMC follows Jesus’ command to love God and neighbor by coming together in collaboration with our community, intentionally building trusted relationships and growing as brothers and sisters in Christ.
We hope that this page INFORMS, INSPIRES AND ENGAGES you in Custer Road’s Mission Ministry.
Mission is one of Custer Road UMC’s 5 Pillars. We invest finance, time, and labor to helping people know the love of Jesus, both in our neighborhoods and around the world. To learn more about our missions programs, visit our Missions page.
This blog will be updated often, and will contain the most current information about our missions activities. The most recent post is below, and further down is an archive with earlier posts.
Most Recent Post
Agape provides critical housing, childcare, transportation assistance, & education towards higher that empower women and their children to transform from crisis and poverty to self-sustaining, fulfilling lives. In its 7 years Agape has grown from 2 beds & a crib to supporting 8 housing units with 45 beds. As of October 2020, Agape provided housing & hope for 163 unduplicated souls, including 70 women head of household families with 93 children. Agape has provided over 80,000 nights of shelter and had to turn away over 500 families in 2019 alone.
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 70 families Agape has served, 46 women (82%) with 59 children have graduated with jobs that enable them to provide homes & stability for their children.
Donations of the following items are always needed by the women and children of Agape:
laundry detergent pods
liquid dishwashing soap (not for dishwasher)
trash bags (13 gallon)
Please bring donations to the bin in the Mission Donation area during the month of January or order HERE through the Amazon Wish List to have items sent directly to Agape.
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 at www.crumc.org/giving and indicate Agape or by check payable to CRUMC.