The Agape House Blog 2017

A Blog by Rev. Kiti Ward

January  2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

A Blog by Rev. Kiti Ward

February  2017

 

Good Morning Dear Supporters of The Agape House, yes, we do have property that we are slated to rent for $1000,00 a month for a 3 bedroom, one bath house in Seward Park.

We appreciate the new owner of this property as he is waiting for all the legal criterion to be met and to make basic changes that will assure safety for all who will live in the structure. You are a part of an incredible group of folks that has voiced interest in helping us put our first home together for our first 3 women.
 
As you remember Agape House's mission is to get to the young woman, coming out of foster care, before the streets get to her. Housing is one of the our major two-fold foundations; the other is education/training (www.theagapehouseinc.org)
 
Agape House is looking forward to serving all single women between the ages of 18-24 years old. However, it would be very appropriate for us all to repair and beautify our first home in the month of February which is Black History Month. The targeted women are those, in King County, who are the underserved and overrepresented or African- American women.
 
We will, once we know, let you know so that you can put your teams together to work in designated areas such as painting, repairing, gardening. We also still need additional household items (list available upon request). Also, I am encouraging any who can, to sign up to take a month of rent for the house. It would be great for a church group, a business group, a women's group etc.
 
On behalf of the women of The House, The Agape House Board and myself, the words "thank you" are not nearly enough to say to fabulous folks like you! ...
But, THANK YOU!
 Hugs and Blessings,
 Kiti
Executive Director
To Save a Life, To Save a World
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A Blog by Rev. Kiti Ward

March  2017

Thank you all for your contributions and love towards the Agape House.
 
Please keep them coming.
 
If anyone knows of a house that someone wants to donate for a year or so for a good tax break Agape House would be a great place to look.
 
We will turn that house into a home for women who otherwise would probably be homeless as they emerge from foster care.
 
Again, thank you for your kindness.
 
Kiti (Executive Director)
206-579-6648

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Grace and Truth Apostolic Ministries

Please join us at this event with GTAM…a great church in Kent.

The WALK-A-THON is Saturday, March 25th . Address: 1101 Outlet Collection Way, Auburn, WA 98188  *Enter on the  north side ... enter through Court B near Sam's Club & LA Fitness.

7:00 AM - Registration & Prayer

8:00 AM - Walk-A-Thon

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To you that love us at The Agape House we thank and bless you. 
You know the statistics that show that, although African Americans only comprise 7% of King County’s population, over 30% of the young people in foster care are African-American. We also know that foster care is being dubbed by the FBI and others as “the pipeline” to sexual exploitation and trafficking. We believe that it is better to "get to the young woman coming out of foster care before the streets do."
It is immensely cost-effective in lives (save a life, save a world) and in the return of the investment (ROI) to the community. Thank you for hearing the need to be preventative and to establish an early intervention model like Agape House. Our House, besides providing a physical house as well as a solid educational and training foundation, is founded in the reality that there is a great need for social justice for women of color.
We have taken the words of Warren Buffett's philanthropy group, NoVo, to best explain The Agape House position.
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A Blog by Rev Kiti Ward

April 2017

Dear Friends of The House,
You all have been instrumental in supporting Agape House.
Thank you so much.
We have enclosed a pertinent article for your perusal (link below).
Please know it is the mission of The House to serve women who are in foster care or who have aged-out of foster care.
We know that, nationally, over 60% of those from foster care are sexually trafficked/exploited.

These statistics (in the article) also show that black women are about 60% of those being trafficked.

Additionally, recent stats from King County show that 50-60% of the kids on the streets experiencing homelessness are people of color. This is true despite the fact that all the people of color in King County are only 29% of the population. Some statistics reveal that only 7% of those in King County are black youth under 21 years of age.
Finally, we see that approximately 65% of black youth, from the foster care system DO NOT receive their GED or diploma.  For white kids, the statistics are nearly as bad with 50% of those in foster care NOT receiving their GEDs or Diplomas.
This is the “perfect storm” for disaster for our kids, especially our children of color.
How do you work without a degree or GED?
How do you live without work?
What is the most easily available mode of work for a woman without normative credentials?
We at Agape House seek to serve the "underserved and the overrepresented", those which are the most vulnerable and at-risk, namely the young woman of color, the African-American woman.
We, at The House, are very much like Asian Counseling and Referral or El Centro, which finds it critical to serve the needs of indigenous people with culturally competent programs.
We insist that the “circular filing” of young women cease with the ultimate goal of establishing basic God- given right to dignity and worth through basic provision of services, management, individual involvement and complete care.
You help to achieve this goal of providing housing and education to the 18-24 year old woman.
You make the difference, with not only the individual woman, but with each woman comes a legacy.  This legacy is often her child(ren), her ability to function as a tax-paying member of society and to ultimately leave her gifts and talents for the generations to come.
Join us as we expect our new home(s) to open soon.
You may reach us electronically, phone or mail.
You may contribute financially through text to donate (206-488-0499)
Paypal
or you may send your contributions to our land address at 1000 2nd Ave. Ste 4050, Seattle WA 98104-1023..
We are in the process of making it possible for you to donate your car.
See Kiti for volunteer opportunities.
Thank you for compassion and faithfulness.
Kindest Regards,
Kiti
206-57966
They state the status far better than we, at the House, so we include it here for your perusal and for all of us to celebrate  it’s acknowledgement. NoVo has a “deep commitment to address the structural barriers that perpetuate inequality" so they focus on girls…girls of color.
 

They continue, "As a result of pervasive racism and sexism, girls of color in the U.S. face unique and deep-seated structural challenges, including barriers in completing school, finding employment and living free from state and interpersonal violence. These disparities combine and deepen into new disparities in adulthood, such as the shocking wealth gap we now see for women of color. Latina women, for example, earn just 56 cents for every dollar earned by white men.”

"By interceding in this critical period... philanthropy can help to unlock tremendous leadership potential and foster a whole new life trajectory for the next generation of girls and young women of color. In the process, we can ensure that girls of color finally move from invisibility to investment."

 
The Agape House recognizes that we appear to be losing a generation of women in the middle class. Women of color are few in numbers within the middle class,  If you question the efficacy of this statement, merely look around us. How many women of color (African-American and Latin) do you see in King County, in offices, in their own businesses, on campuses as professors and students, in the field of medicine, as educators, at Microsoft or Google, on the streets of Seattle or Bellevue at lunch time during the middle of the work week?
 
Blessings and Hugs,
Kiti
206-579-6648
 
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A Blog by Rev Kiti Ward

May 2017

 GIVEBIG SEATTLE 

GiveBIG Seattle is a one-day online giving event to raise funds for nonprofit organizations serving Greater Seattle and we, The Agape House, are part of it!

GiveBIG 2017 is Wednesday, May 10 from midnight to midnight Pacific Time.

https://www.givebigseattle.org/

You can see us on that site;
www.Give Big Seattle.Org. 
Go to Find a Non-profit and look for Agape House Inc.
Click on Agape House.
The Rest is Self Explanatory
 
PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND ASK THEM TO FINANCIALLY SUPPORT THE AGAPE HOUSE ON THAT DAY..MAY 10, 2017.

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IMPORTANT UPDATES:

·         On Monday, April 3, Rep. Wagner (R-MO) introduced an amendment to the Communications Decency Act (1996), which has shielded Backpage from liability for years. Legal Momentum supports efforts to amend the CDA, and this is a great first step. The bill is called the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act. 

o   Take action!

·         Call your Representatives and Senators to let them know that it is critical for the CDA to be amended to allow states to regulate on line sex trafficking, and to permit trafficking victims to sue companies that facilitate online sex trafficking.

·         Promote the bill on your websites and on social media! Below are a few draft tweets:

o   “Congress never intended for #Section230 to give a free pass to the retailers of America’s children” -- @RepAnnWagner. We agree!

o   Thank you @RepAnnWagner [or any of the other representatives who signed on, listed below] for your anti-trafficking bill! It’s time to amend the #CDA! #kidsRnotsafe

o   Other representatives listed include: Representatives Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Ed Royce (R-CA), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Ted Poe (R-TX), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Martha Roby (R-AL), and Lynn Jenkins (R-KS).

o    @[Twitter handle of your local representative or senator] it’s time to Allow States and #Victims to Fight Online #SexTrafficking! Amend the #CDA. #kidsRnotsafe

·         Attorney General Josh Hawley of Missouri announced new regulations under Missouri’s consumer protection laws that target human traffickers, a new Anti-Trafficking Unit within the AG’s Office,  and the creation of a permanent statewide Human Trafficking Task Force.  These measures can be replicated in other states.  To the extent you have strong connections with the Attorney General in your state, we encourage you to set up meetings to discuss AG Hawley’s innovative work, as well as the California AG’s work in prosecuting operators of online websites that facilitate sex trafficking.

Thank you


A Blog by Rev Kiti Ward

June & July 2017

The First Agape House

Please contact the Agape Volunteer Supervisor, Mo D. at 425-445-2533 or myself, Kiti, ED, at 206-579-6648 to let us know when you/your team will be available to work. This will better enable us to have enough brushes, rags etc.

WHERE:

OUR 1ST HOUSE AT 4217- 50TH AVE. (SEWARD PARK).

WHEN: 

  1. A) FRIDAY, JULY 14TH FROM 4-9 P.M.
  2. B) SATURDAY, JULY 15TH FROM 9-9 P.M.
  3. C) SUNDAY, JULY 15TH FROM

2-8 P.M.

(We would love at least a 2 hour commitment from each person if you are able. Thank you.)

WHAT WE NEED:

1) TRUCK/PERSONS TO PICK UP ITEMS & BRING TO HOUSE.

2) PLANT OUTDOORS FLOWERS AND PLANTS (still need more)

3) TAPE AND PAINT 6 LITTLE ROOMS.

4) CLEAN WALLS, STOVE, REFRIGERATOR, WALLS ETC.

5) HANG PICTURES, PUT UP TOWELS, MAKE BEDS ETC.

6) PUT FURNITURE TOGETHER SUCH AS BEDS, CHAIRS ETC.

7) HANG WINDOW COVERING SUCH AS SHADES, CURTAINS.

8) PUT DOWN FLOORS (need wood look or linoleum like).

9) PUT UP SIMPLE FENCE (need for front).

10) INSTALL SIMPLE SECURITY DEVISE SUCH AS "THE RING" (need).

11) PRAY FOR IT ALL TO COME TOGETHER.

12) ASK YOUR FAVORITE RETAILER TO CONTRIBUTE

AND RECEIVE PRESS/SOCIAL MEDIA ATTENTION AND IRS CREDIT  (WE ARE A 501C3).

"THANK YOU" is not enough for us to say but THANK YOU FROM the Agape House Board and Volunteers as well as our first 3 Residents of The Agape House!

Special thanks for the awesome contributions of Katherine,  Diane Z, and Beverly & Jim.

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A Blog Post by Rev Kiti

August 2017

HEROES OF THE HOUSE

Our first Agape House owes its success to so many people!  Friends, family, and business acquaintances all came together to help make this inspired project possible.Thank you one and all for your Love, kindness, wisdom, and unflagging support.

Our Heroes

Bev and Jim, Deja, Delores, Diane, Jean, Katherine & family, Katie, Lewie, Lydia, Rosie, and Shaun.

Learn more about these heroes

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A Blog by Rev Kiti Ward

October 2017

Dear Prayer Partners and Agape Intercessors,

There are not enough words to say thank you for your faithful service of prayer for The Agape House, the at-risk women who we serve, it's fine array of volunteers, and our first house.
 
One of our partner agency executive directors, who I work closely with, just had a car accident where her car was totaled on the day she and I were to complete paper work for a grant. She was unharmed even though she "rode the rails of the freeway". 
 
We are praising God and fully aware of the incredible call that He has placed on our lives to do what we are doing for our youth who would otherwise be circular filed...forgotten, unserved, exploited, sexually trafficked, overrepresented. 
 
We cannot make it without your help dear prayer warrior! Our God honors the prayer of 2 or more in agreement. Thank you for your agreement.
 
May I submit a list of items that you and/or your church or prayer group can take to the Lord on a regular or as possible basis?
 
We do not take your commitment to our God, as well as your prayer for our Agape mission and at-risk young women, lightly.
 
The following are a suggested list of prayer requests:
 
Monday: Prayer for wisdom, courage for us and favor with God and people:
   The Boards, 
   The Volunteers from Mother Mentors to my cousin who oversees the website, 
   The young Women and 
   Myself as Executive Director.
 
Tuesday: Prayer for funding: 
   Through churches, grants, individual gifts, service groups, events (December 2nd) and others means. 
   We purpose to provide stipends for our mother mentors, our residents, site visitors and other key volunteers, 
   As well as first-time income for myself, a grant writer, case manager and an accountant (which are volunteer positions now).
 
Wednesday: Physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and protection: 
   For all involved in the ministry 
   With a always growing commitment to passionately share the living Christ, 
   To make His love and purposes realty to the young women we serve.
 
Thursday: The Lord called us:
   So it is He who provides for us 
   As we meet overhead on the 1st house and general operations
   And prepare a Capital Campaign Drive for the 2nd and 3rd houses for at-risk, homeless women who have aged-out of foster care, are ready to complete their education and to move into higher education and training. 
   It is our heart and a key outcome in our 5 year business plan to build a multi-use building for the purpose of sustainability as well as to provide a means for internships for the women. 
   Pray that God's other downloaded ideas for agency financial longevity will reach fulfillment.
 
Friday: We are asking that God hand pick:
   Each woman to be in the house(s)
   As well as each person to serve on the Policy and the Resource Development (fund raising and marketing) Boards. 
   We recognize the need for harmony, civility and one mind on the Board and with the youth. 
   It is imperative that the Boards be generous with funds, time, prayer and strategy
   People who support, not undercut or attempt to redirect, the God-given mission. 
   Unless the Lord builds the house it is built in vain. 
 
Saturday: We know we will and do have enemies...
   Satan will use people in our lives to destroy, deter, deceive and delay
   But Scripture reminds us that we war not against flesh and blood. 
   Please take a strong proactive stance against the enemy on our behalf. 
   It can include any strategy of warfare you need to employ 
   So that our God can be lifted up and 
   So that we who are called by His name will do exactly what He wants, when He wants it done, 
   With an outcome that gives God the glory and our young women and the agency, The Agape House, the victory.
 
Sunday: Let's praise the Most High God for the victory and protection: 
   In every area of endeavor including your lives 
   And the lives of the family members of each you prayer warriors,
   The Agape Volunteers
   The young women
   The Boards
   The Staff 
   In Jesus's Most Beautiful and Matchless Name. Amen. 
Thank you all!
 
Blessings and Hugs, 
Kiti

A Blog by Rev Kiti Ward

November  2017

OPEN HOUSE

Join us for the inaugural Friend-to Friend Agape House Opening to help us celebrate the opening of our first home.

Date:  December 2, 2017

Time:  2 pm to 5 pm

Location:  The Stonehouse Cafe in Seattle

9701 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

 

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HOUSE 1 RESIDENT GRADUATES

House 1 resident Ms L. S. completes the YWCA Medical & Career Training. She is looking forward to a career in the medical profession. The Agape House is very proud.

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A Blog by Rev Kiti Ward

December  2017

 

 We are so grateful to The Boeing Employees Credit Union for the $10,000 they awarded us in 2016. On December 5, 2017 The Boeing Credit Union will allocate another $3000 towards the house's forward motion.

Executive director, Kiti Ward and board member Shaun Hamilton will be in attendance at the event.


Thank you for your past support of the Agape House!

Thanks to you we’ve made great progress this year and the first Agape House opened! And now we’re celebrating the successes of our first two residents. One has just been employed by Fred Hutchinson Hospital through a training program she took while at Agape House. The other is getting her diploma, this month, through Seattle Vocational Technical institute.

Both say the stability and safety of Agape House, and the services they got while here, were critical in keeping them off the streets and helping them on their journey to success. With your support they have a warm stable and SAFE space to learn and grow in. THANK YOU!

We’re asking you to help us in the coming year!

Did you know?

Of the 1000 youth on the streets of Seattle about 83 are girls from foster care.
SIXTY of these girls are likely to be trafficked into sex without a viable education or extended opportunity for housing. We can’t let that happen!

As you celebrate your holidays with the warm embrace of loved ones please don’t forget about those who need your help just to have a home.

  • Your $50 contribution will provide counseling services for one month or the purchasing of personal items for one month for one woman.
  • Your gift of $250 will provide for one month’s rent at The Agape House, a steal in today’s rental market!

You can help break the cycle of loss and exploitation through homelessness and hopelessness.

Help these girls become the women they aspire to be today!
Click below to donate

https://theagapehouse.rerunapp.com/checkout

Thank you in Advance, Shaun Hamilton, Fundraising Team - The Agape House

Text Donate: 2062022369

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