Heroes of the House

Meet Our Heroes

 

Shaun / Rosie / DejaJeanKatherine, Glenn & Daughters Lydia / Bev & JimDianeKatieBetty

 

This page is dedicated to those who have blessed us by helping us into the house. Thank you dear ones, you are true Heroes of the Agape House. I must add two names not represented below because they prefer to keep a low profile. They know who they are and what they have contributed to the building of the House … thank you Delores, thank you Lewie.
Blessings & Hugs to all,
Rev Kiti

 

Meet Shaun    (Agape House Board Member) 

What:
Beautifully Laid our “wooden” kitchen floor.
Why:
Because the house kitchen floor was in the worse shape imaginable … and because he wanted to help where we (The Agape House) needed it.
Notation:

Shaun had never done this kind of work before and took 4-5 hours to do it out of love.  His continuous support, matter-of-fact faith, and come to work attitude make Shaun an excellent Agape House board member and a true friend … a hero of the house.

 

Meet Rosie    (Agape House Secretary)

What:
Helped move and relocate heavy furniture for 8 hours!
Why:
Because the women moving in needed a home, not just a house. She wanted to help where we (The Agape House) needed it.
Notation:
Rosie badly hurt her middle finger while doing the work. Rosie was also the one who helped at the Seafare Booth. Rosie, although facing personal challenges as we all do, has committed to serve The House. It shows in many ways, such as talks up Agape House in the community (Rosie has lots of friends), helped the Executive present the Agape program at a coveted SVP Seattle Center Event, have lunch with a Board Educator to volunteer to make inspection/visits to the house for the first two residents. Rosie, like Shaun is a friend to The House, a for-real Hero.

 

Meet Deja    (Agape House Board Youth Ambassador)

What:
Spent 6 hours with the Director on the first day of the Seafare Event marketing the House and educating the public.
Why:
Because she knows the value of having a program like Agape House, and also because she has come out of foster care and understands.
Notation:
Deja is now in her second semester of pregnancy and yet insisted on being used to promote Agape House. She also presented Agape House at the Salvation Army’s Brave Event focusing on foster care youth and attended the Board Retreat on Whidbey Island. Our regret is that this young woman who knows the foster care system and has faithfully served the house is unable to be a resident because she will soon deliver a darling child. The Agape House is unique in that it is proactive for single women. Deja is, especially a Hero to the House.

 

Meet Jean    (Dream Team Volunteer)

What:
Spent 5 hours painting walls in the women’s rooms so they would have individuality and “pop!”
Why:
Because she knows the need for each woman to feel special and the fact that each room must be unique as the woman is unique. And because she loves represents the love that God has put on the earth.
Notation:
Jean became ill with a reoccurring sickness after working so diligently on the project. She has been a friend of The House since it was divinely inspired. She has not wavered in support, spreading all she knows about the program and praying for it. Jean is a Hero to the House.

 

Meet Katherine, Glenn & Daughters    (Dream Team Volunteers)

What:
Provided, plants, furniture for bedrooms, linens, chairs, tables, lamps and necessities for each woman to last several months. Katherine came to the house with her college-aged daughter, set up beds, made the beds with the new linens, cleaned walls, brought in basic food, daughter gave inspirational signs, came in lovingly.
Why:
Because they recognized the need to be the “arms and legs” for others that they may not know; that each person makes a difference.
Notation:
Katherine and the Executive only talked  by phone; however Katherine exceeded that which she said she would do for the program … truly a gift. Her energetic, kind, and creative efforts will long be recognized at the house. Her and her family’s humility reminds us that life is finite and must be lived with integrity. Katherine is a loving friend and a Hero to the House.

 

Meet Lydia    (Proprietor of Business / Lydia’s Hair Saloon)

What:
Gave 4 chairs and a little table.
Why:
Because she has been a firm supporter from the beginning, providing items for our first fund raiser to now “building the house.” She believes that we must continue to reach the unseen young woman who is often being trafficked and misused.
Notation:
Lydia’s “can-do” attitude has made a difference even to the point of getting one of her staff’s granddaughter involved in our efforts. Her laughter and her thoughtful comments have served as conduits to the next level. Lydia.you are a 
Hero to the House.

 

Meet Bev & Jim    (Dream Team Volunteers & Business Persons / Pacific Northwest Flooring)

What:

Gave The Agape House free flooring, a microwave, twin beds, linens, kitchen items, and personal items. They came to the house, quickly set up the beds, put items away, set up the microwave, and encouraged us all.

Why:

Because they recognize that their contribution will make a difference in the women’s quality of life.
Notation:

Bev’s “Never say die” attitude is so encouraging and life giving. She and Jim gave out of their resources and their time when no one was looking. They did it because it was the right thing to do. It is an honor to include them as Heroes of the House.

 

Meet Diane    (President of a Women’s Business Alliance Group / JLL Women”s Alliance)

What:
An amazing ally, for over a year, who has kept The Agape House needs before her constituency. This has resulted in them sending items for the house, volunteers who gave several hours to plant flowers in the hot sun and in hard ground. Her volunteers also helped set up the house. 
Why:
Diane personifies “If you want to get a job done ask a busy person.” Not only did she organize volunteers but she also brought a used freezer for the house, picked it up and set it up.  She also helped  clean up the house.
Notation:
Diane came to help on the same day her husband returned from an extended out-of-country assignment … yet she came to do the necessary work for the house, and to serve those not seen. You are one of our Heroes Diane, you set the pace!                

 

Meet Katie    (Coordinator for Mercer Island Businessman)

What:
Offered quality items to those they do not know because they believe it is their God-given responsibility to serve others. 
Beautiful pieces, kind encouragement, and clear organization from Katie, her associates, and the prolific businessman she represents.
Why:
The gift of life from a man that gets nothing from giving the gift, that the giving actually takes from him and his staff in time and dollars. This act of kindness and his commitment to continue to give has been one of the sweetest highlights of “building the house”. 
Notation:
Our first Agape House, about 850 square feet, is not able to accommodate much that he gave us as those beautiful pieces of furniture are too large for this little house. That is just fine as they are in storage to be used in our 2nd Agape House. 
Thank you for our deposit into tomorrow and into the women of tomorrow that The House will serve. Thank you Katie. and the anonymous businessman, you assist, for being Heroes of the House in giant proportions.
 

Meet Betty  (Chairperson for the Resource/Fund Raising Committee)

What:

Offered to manage progress towards achieving our organization’s fundraising goals. She will develop and carry out fundraising strategies while working with the Agency Fund Raiser. Betty also offered to create and plan different events that can generate donations. She will delegate tasks to committee members such as publicity, donations and volunteer recruitment for fundraising events.

Why:

  • Manage progress towards achieving our fundraising goals
  • Develop and carry out fundraising strategies while working with the Agency Fund Raiser
  • Community presence in the Black community to raise awareness
  • Create and plan different events that can generate donations

Notation:

I Love God and my Community is very important to me. I work at the YWCA of Seattle/King/Snohomish as the Event and Data Specialist. I am the Mission President at Greater New Bethel Baptist Church and I am also on the Usher Board.