In accordance with our mission, the Agape runs several programs dedicated to helping approximately 150 children and 225 adults regularly.
Our educational programs are designed to increase opportunities for children to learn and develop in a safe drug-free environment. Registered age groups range from 5-18. There is an after-school, weekend program, and summer enrichment activities for children of all ages. Our part-time Family Preservation Specialist and volunteer tutors assess the progress of each child. Meals, arts, games and outdoor playtime are provided daily. Meals are provided for all under-aged programming, as well as other basic services, including hygiene care. This includes laundering children's clothing when adequate facilities are lacking at home.
Support Groups for men and women - Each Wednesday at 5pm, participating men and women are divided by gender into separate groups. This gives each gender an opportunity to share past and present experiences and discuss plans for the future. Each group is facilitated by an experienced volunteer. This volunteer facilitates the group with solutions
and actions steps to prevent reoccurring obstacles for participating group members.
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Free food items to prepare Thanksgiving meals are distributed each year to low-income, seniors, and single parent homes. In addition, toys, clothing, and shoes are provided for up to 200 children each Christmas season.
Summer Learning Youth Enrichment Program
Five weeks each summer the Agape House sponsors a summer youth camp. Each year an estimated 100 children attend. Weekly field trips to the Baltimore Zoo, Maryland Science Center, and Six Flags America give children attractive ways to learn through pleasurable exercise.
Comprehensive Feeding Program
Within a year, the Agape House provides some 10,400 freshly prepared warm meals, to children and adults in need. The food pantry provides an additional 4160 bags of food a year to community members in need. It also provides an additional 250 bags that it delivers to five area senior citizens complexes including St. James Terrace and Hollins House. Workshops on proper nutrition and food preparation are provided quarterly for all food recipients.
One of the cornerstones of the children's programming is the Computer Lab. Run by volunteers from the Linux Users' Group; the lab has been open to children six afternoons per week since 1999. This lab was highlighted in the article, "Geeks to the Rescue", published in the December 1999 issue of the Baltimore Magazine.
Sunday and Wednesday Chapel Services
Each Sunday and Wednesday, Executive Director, Reverend Edward G. Robinson, speaks to program participants about issues plaguing their lives and communities. He offers permanent solutions to the daily struggles for all individuals present. Following these worship services, a hot meal and bags of groceries are distributed to community members that attend service.
Holiday Gifts for the Needy
Every Christmas two to three hundred low-income and poverty level families receive clothing, undergarments, and toys as they celebrate the birth of Christ.