Frequently Asked Questions ...
1. What is Agape House?
Agape House is an early intervention program that provides housing and education to women who have been in the foster care program.
2. Why is The Agape House Needed?
Statistics show us that approximately one in four young people experienced homelessness after aging out of care. *Youth at Risk of Homelessness January 2015
3. What is the age of the women who are in the program?
18-24 is the time when they enter Agape House.
4. Who are the Underserved Youth who are the focus of the mission of The Agape House?
While the Agape House mission is to serve any woman who has had a foster care experience and is motivated to receive training and education, it is also the “House” goal to reach those who are the underserved. It has been shown African American and Latin youth are at greater risk to experience homelessness. and comprise the greatest percentage of youth who are on the streets of King County; they are the underserved.
There are many agencies such as Roots, Friends of Youth Mary’s Place, and New Horizons that provide various housing services to the 18-21 year old woman Why, then, is there a need for an agency like the Agape House?
To our knowledge there is no King County agency that presently offers non-time limited housing and education for the single woman who experienced foster care or has aged-out of foster care. The Agape House offers a safe environment for women to maximize the opportunity to complete their education and to be trained for the legitimate work world. (it is difficult to study for that exam while living under a bridge.) It is the Agape Model that supports the woman in her effort to succeed no matter the previous obstacles she has encountered while in foster care. We believe every woman can and will succeed. Additionally, The Agape House will actively seek to serve and house the underserved. The Agape House believes that every life is worth saving and in doing so the culture is enriched, the world made better.
5. Who will help to equip the woman while at the house?
The program will offer support through the Agape Mother and Professional Mentors, the drug, alcohol, mental health wrap around services from Therapeutic Health Services, as well as the on-site support, the House Sister. There will also be efforts to formulate means to create community between the residents.
6. Do the Agape House women have children that live with them?
No. We consider this to be a time of preparation for each young woman. If she has a child(ren) that child will be under custodial care with other relatives or agencies such as DSHS.
7. Will all the women living at Agape House be women of color?
Not all. The Agape House will target women who are the underserved and overrepresented in King County. African American, Native American and Latin American women are the women who are in that category. Agape House will serve women in need based on availability.
8. When will the resident leave the Agape House?
The optimum time to leave “The House” will be when the woman has reached her mutually agreed upon goal as it relates to education and training. Once she has done so Agape House will help to set up and transition to a new independent residence.
9. What is the difference between Agape House and other programs that serve potentially homeless, at-risk women?
Agape House provides non-time limited housing with a contract that mandates each young woman complete her education/training (including her GED/Diploma).
10. Why do you think Agape House works?
Agape House believes it is cost-effective in saving a young woman's life ( save a life, save a world) and gives great return (ROI) on the tax-payer's dollar to get to her before the streets do.
11. What can I do?
1) Agape House needs your financial donation
(through text, paypal, check,cash)
2) Volunteer as Mother Mentor, Repairer of
Housing, Professional Mentor, Intercessor
3) Donation of Furniture, Housing etc.
4) Speakers' Bureau, Marketing, Social Media
12. What about volunteers?
Our volunteers are foundational to the success of The Agape House. The women of The Agape House are the heart of The House.
We celebrate your interest and offer the following ways to help.
- Professional Mentors: We need persons who have had success in their professions and want to share their empirical information with our Agape Women. This requires being available for them in such areas as job interviews, resume building, and job maintenance. This position is on a as needed level.
- Fund Raisers: These volunteers must be willing to help The Agape House raise funds for operations and to purchase/lease the first Agape House building. Agape House is a nonprofit agency (EIN; 90-0859134)
- The Breakfast of Agape Women Who Win will be our first fundraiser in November.
Volunteers are encouraged to “buy” 1-4 tables that will seat those who want to buy a breakfast or to contribute financially in order to support Agape House.
B.Volunteers will invite others to contribute
through phoning, mailers, the internet.
3.Speakers Bureau: These volunteers are willing to
be the Face of Agape House. They will speak to Rotary, women’s and church groups and others.
- Comfy Creators: A volunteer or a group of
volunteers from a political action group, a missionary group, an interested person, will take the responsibility to equip one to three women’s rooms with personal items for each woman on a monthly basis. There will be a acknowledgement for the kindness by placing a plaque recognizing who has kept the room up.
- Mother Mentor: This is a woman over 30 years of
Age for one year, to being in the life of the Agape Woman. She does not have to have special qualifications other than being willing to be available and to bond. She must be willing to connect and to listen without judgment. She must, at the least, participate in the Agape House training offered every other month, to have individual automobile liability insurance and to pass Washington State Patrol’s Criminal Check.
- VIP: This very important person is a volunteer who will do whatever is necessary from office volunteering to supporting parents to calling patrons for financial support.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP IN THE LIFE OF THE WOMAN WHO WOULD NOT HAVE A CHANCE WITHOUT YOU!!!