Agape House Helps People Rebuild Their Lives, Achieving Stability and Independence
Around the Prescott area, people may occasionally see homeless people publicly asking for help. What most people probably don’t see: the 110 students in the Prescott area schools who are considered homeless; the little boy who shows up to school every day with disheveled clothing from sleeping in a tent in the forest; the young mother who lives in her car with her children, and gets ready for work each day in a public restroom.
These people—the silent homeless members of our community—are the reason the non-profit Agape House of Prescott, is committed to working tirelessly to change the face of homelessness.
The families accepted into the Agape House program are hard-working. They’re trying to get children to school, they’re employed, and they’re working hard to develop new life skills and habits. They need support and assistance to change their lives. The staff members at Agape House humbly thank God for his provisions and are proud of these hard-working families.
Since 2013, Agape House has worked to permanently transform the lives of homeless families in crisis and has an 86-percent success rate as families transition from homelessness to living productive, independent lives.
Agape House is different; it’s not a shelter or dormitory. Rather, the families who live there are given a place to call home and a pathway to independence. That pathway is a four-phase program comprising stability, personal wellness, life skills training, and sustainability.
Becky Mitchell and Vicki White lead Agape House’s team of 60 volunteers, who continually provide support to families by coaching and building relationships and giving stability so that the families can thrive and succeed. In the end, program participants are able to achieve independence and self-sufficiency … and permanently rebuild their lives.
During the past seven years, Agape House has provided housing and utilities, and provided discipleship, mentoring, and lifestyle training to multiple families at a time. The organization has supplied homeless families with a home for more than 12,500 nights.
In an expanded effort to make its vision of significantly reducing the number of local homeless families a reality, Agape House recently purchased a small apartment complex in central Prescott. Under the direction of Co-Founder, Jim Flower, Agape House has created a building campaign to raise funds to renovate the apartment complex—and rebuild the lives of more families.
If you are able to help change the face of homelessness in Prescott, please visit www.AgapeHousePrescott.org or call 928.910.1089 for more information.