Agape Villages COVID – 19 Response

We hope that all of you are well. That you are safely sheltering in place at home. And that this will soon pass for all of us.

We want to keep you updated about the children, families, and staff at Agape Villages Foster Family Agency. We know you care about us and we care about you.

All of us at Agape are of course following the rules provided by the Government. We also immediately created a plan to ensure that our children and families are receiving the support and assistance they need.

Our social workers are able to continue their weekly “visits” with their families and children using their cell phones. Using that technology (FaceTime), they can talk and see each other. Through this means, our social workers are able to check in and provide support and reassurance.

The social workers are reminding the children to utilize healthy coping skills, such as deep breathing, journaling, and taking walks with their family. In addition, the social workers are supporting the parents, and reminding them to ensure that the children remain on a schedule as if they were still  in school (i.e. wake up at 7:30 and have breakfast, school work, break for 10 minutes, return to school work, lunch, school work until approximately 3 to 4 pm).

The families are also encouraged to cook and bake with the children, do puzzles, play board games, go for walks, color together, and teach the children a new craft or skill.

The Agape team continues to have our cell phones on 24/7 in the event our children or families need us. We encourage our families and children to remain positive while reminding them that this will pass.

Agape continues to be there for our children and families, as we have been there for more than 61 years.

For the children,
Janet Kleyn, President

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Hair Care and Support From Agape Staff

From an Agape employee wanting to share a story:

I am a licensed cosmetologist, and recently reminded the social workers that if they have any families who need help with their foster/adopt children’s hair that I would be willing to meet with the families and give them some tips on doing the children’s hair. Soon after, Social Worker Brittany Barnes was approached by one of her families who was unsure of how to care for and style her African American children’s hair.

Brittany contacted me and I then reached out to the family to schedule when I could come to the home to go over hair care and some styles with the resource mom. I came to the home with specialty products like shampoo, conditioner, leave in-conditioners, and gels for the family since, in my experience, most people do not realize that black hair needs products that are made for black hair.

I then spent about 2.5 hours in the resource home walking the mom through how to wash, care for and style her foster daughters hair. The resource mom was attentive and eager to jump in and try all the new things that I was suggesting. It was obvious that the child’s cultural needs, which includes hair care, were important to this resource family and that it was amazing to see that they had no hesitation in making sure that the child’s hair was being properly cared for.

The resource mother even shared with me that she asked the biological mother if she could show her how to do a style the girls hair during one of the visits. I was able to show her the proper way and frequency for washing the children’s hair, how to maintain and care for their hair on a regular basis and some simple styles that she can do herself.

It was a great experience and so nice to see the resource mom’s motivation and commitment to the care of her foster children.

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15th Annual FFFK Golf Tournament

Our annual Fairways Fore Foster Kids golf tournament at the Manteca Golf Course was a success! We had a full house with 125 golfers. We were sold out a week before the event. The golfers enjoyed time before the tournament at the driving range, games, prizes, a raffle, silent auction, a BBQ hot dog snack and lunch at Chez Shari! See some of the pictures from the event below.

 

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Printed Newsletter – October 2019

Please read the Agape Villages October Newsletter, “The Love Letter,” to learn more about all of the people and programs that are changing the lives of foster children each day!

click here to download the PDF file.

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How Do I Use Amazon Smile?

  1. Go to smile.amazon.com
  2. On your first visit there, you will be prompted to choose a charitable organization to whom your donations from eligible purchases will go.
  3. Type “Agape Villages FFA” into the text field.
  4. That’s it! Now, every purchase you make through smile.amazon.com will result in a small portion of your purchase going to Agape!

Some Facts:

  1. Amazon doesn’t charge anything extra for this service. They pay the donation out of their profits!
  2. Once you’re signed up through smile.amazon.com, you might want to update your Amazon bookmark so it sends you to the “Smile” version. If you go to regular Amazon, you’ll get a pop-up asking if you’d prefer to use Smile, so either way, it’ll all work out for everyone.
  3. If you need more help or have any questions about this stuff, check Amazon’s own FAQ here!
  4. We really appreciate you taking this extra step to support us!

So what are you waiting for? Start using Amazon Smile today and give kids in foster care a reason to smile.

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Chipotle Fundraiser

Chipotle fundraiser on November 12th, 2019 from 4pm to 8pm

We have partnered with Chipotle for the evening of November 12th! From 4 to 8pm, show this flyer or tell them you’re supporting Agape Villages and they’ll donate a third of your order to our cause. Help give kids in foster care much needed love from resource families by supporting us, all while enjoying some delicious burritos. It doesn’t get better than that!

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Award of Appreciation for Agape Volunteer Molly

Hank Lawson presented an award of appreciation to Agape Villages volunteer Molly Dua at the Manteca Chamber of Commerce

Hank Lawson presented an award of appreciation to Molly Dua at the Manteca Chamber of Commerce weekly coffee event. Molly does volunteer work for Agape Villages, most recently collecting book bags and school supplies for our foster youth.

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Thank You To All Who Attended Tri-Valley Jail n Bail

 

A huge thank you for all the people who attended the Tri-Valley Jail n Bail in Pleasanton at  the SideTrack Bar + Grill this July. We had a great turnout and brought in over $10,000 to benefit the kids in foster care that Agape supports. We look forward to doing it again next year!

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Agape Villages at a Sacramento River Cats Game

Agape families attended the Sacramento River Cats game on Saturday, August 10 in Sacramento. Agape social worker Brian Bossemeyer threw out the first pitch. It was a great evening except sadly the River Cats lost. Our thanks to Goldrush Getaways for sponsoring the evening.

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Book Bags for Foster Kids

Thanks to John at Journey Christian Church for delivering boxes of book bags that we could give to the kids in foster care that Agape Villages supports. Just in time for the school year to start!

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