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!
We work with our foster parents as a team to help out our foster kids. We’re so fortunate to hear stories like this:
Written by Allison Rangel, Agape Foster Parent:
In January of 2013 Dave Roach, our Agape Social Worker, called me about a placement for a 13-month-old little girl. At that time, we had already had a 3 month old and 20 month old in our home. We said “yes!”
When we received this little girl, she was scared, terrified, and screamed most of the time. She came with nothing. Agape was on the ball and the next day dropped off a load of supplies. During the next five months, with prayer, Agape’s help, and our amazing Agape social worker, we watched this little girl turn from fear, panic, and anger to loving, nurturing, joyful, and funny.
We were on the path to adopt her when her family members stepped up to the plate to adopt her. After the due diligence was done, this little girl was removed from our home and placed with her relatives. However, this lasted only for three months. Unexpectedly, we received another call that they would like to place this little girl back in our home with the intention of adoption. Once again, Agape was amazingly on the ball. They helped make the transition of her back into our home go very smoothly by outfitting her, providing age appropriate toys, and most important to her – a blanket.
We could not be the foster parents we are for these children without Agape. We could not provide for these children like we need to without the love and support from Agape. The foster children that have come into our home have all felt the love of their Agape workers and they have returned that love back to them. From our experience, Agape continues to go above and beyond to support their foster families. Thank you, Agape!
Agape Villages Foster Family Agency is excited to announce a matching gift challenge! A generous donor has agreed to match all gifts made through April 30th; up to $10,000! This means you have an opportunity to double the impact of your donation.
Your dollars will be going to support multiple services for Agape children and families. A few examples may include but aren’t limited to:
- Music lessons for a foster child in Sacramento
- Driver’s training for a foster youth in San Leandro
- Intensive family therapy for a foster family and child in Livermore
- Monthly support groups for teen girls living in cities across the Central Valley including Manteca, Modesto, Stockton and Lodi.
Donate now by clicking the DONATE NOW button, or by clicking HERE.
Sacramento Region Community Foundation Recognizes Foster Care
Agape Villages Foster Family Agency was thrilled and honored to be awarded an Immediate Need grant in the amount of $10,000.00 from the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.
Our Sacramento Region Community Engagement Director, Velma Sykes, is very excited to have our services recognized by such a prominent foundation in the Sacramento area. While our foster family agency has always been actively working in the Sacramento region and surrounding areas, we are looking to significantly grow the number of foster families and children served in these areas. There are more than 2,300 children in foster placements in Sacramento County alone at any point in time, and more are being placed every day.
With this new grant, we hope to garner other sources of support in Sacramento so that we no longer have to turn down the referrals we receive on a weekly and sometimes daily basis. You can help these efforts by telling friends, family, and coworkers about the opportunity to become a foster family and make all the difference in the life of a child. Please contact Velma Sykes at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about others ways you can get involved.
#GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. Now in its fifth year, #GivingTuesday is a grassroots, community-based response to the commercialization of what originally was intended to be a holiday centered on giving thanks and sharing our blessings with those around us.
Here at Agape Villages Foster Family Agency, we are excited to participate in #GivingTuesday and we encourage you to join us! On Tuesday, November 29th, get on social media, your email, and your phone, and let your friends, family, and coworkers know about #GivingTuesday. The more people who get involved, the greater the impact achieved. Agape Villages is depending on the generosity of you and other charitable individuals like you to help fund our critical, life-changing work in the lives of foster children. One example of our impact can be found in Tim’s story.
When “Tim” was placed with an Agape Villages family about a year and a half ago, his heart, mind, and soul were damaged. Years of emotional abuse had left Tim with a lot of anger and no feeling of self-worth. He had severe behavioral issues and struggled in school and in his new foster home. Basically, he had no hope; no reason to expect life would get better. The Agape Villages team, including the social worker, therapist, foster family, and counselor came together and embraced Tim, giving him constant support, services, and love. His teachers were brought on board to devise an educational plan that would meet Tim’s specific needs and circumstances. With so many people cheering him on, Tim began to realize that he was capable of a lot more than he ever thought possible. He began setting goals for himself, and achieving those goals. His Agape social worker is amazed with Tim’s progress and is so excited to see the change in his behavior and in his outlook on life. His newfound sense of hope has truly made all the difference.
#GivingTuesday is about raising awareness for children like Tim, and so many others who need our help, who need YOUR help. Join us, and your contribution will allow us to continue helping children just like Tim. Donate now by clicking HERE to give online or call toll free 866-922-4273 to make a secure donation over the phone. We thank you so much for your support!