As a compassionate citizen of the DFW metroplex, you are likely very aware of our critical and growing problem of homelessness. But are you aware that safe, stable, affordable housing is effectively non-existent in Collin County? In Collin County, there are no emergency shelters and there are less than 300 shelter / housing beds, all of which are chronically full. Although our county is viewed as affluent, over 4,000 people have been turned away EACH YEAR 2012 – 2016 from Collin County shelters and housing agencies; 75% of those turned away were single women head of households, most with children 10 years and under. Extended stay hotels serve as “homes” on school bus routes. In the last 6 years, PISD children on free/reduced lunch has MORE THAN DOUBLED (30% /16,000 in 2016 vs 14% /10,000 in 2010). PISD children identified as homeless has increased nearly five-fold (>500 in 2016 vs 115 in 2009).
AGAPE CHANGES THIS STORY, one homeless single woman family at a time.
Lasting transformation takes time, patience, compassion & faith: the cornerstones of the Agape program.
IN OUR 1ST 3 YEARS, with little more than faith & determination Agape Resource & Assistance Center, Inc., a 501 (c ) 3 non-profit, served 31 women & 45 children, provided over 17,000 nights of shelter… and turned away over 400 women in need because we are chronically filled to capacity. Agape’s women are victims of abuse & violence, some from human trafficking & all come without a support system to help them overcome the debilitating oppression of poverty & homelessness. In 3 years, Agape has grown from housing 2 young women & a 10-month-old to our new capacity of homes, help & hope for up to 30 women & children. The 12 graduating families we celebrate to date are self-sustaining. Their success affirms our faith based program is successfully helping women & children find hope, overcome abuse & move towards self-sustaining lives.