FAMILIES IN CRISIS

Here are just a few raw stories of real lives of people who have come through the Agape House doors.  These individuals live among us and are needing help and hope.  These families want to stay together, they want a place to call home, they want a normal life, and they want to succeed.

Real Stories, Real Situations 

Each family has their own story that has lead them to homelessness.  In each case, a family has run out of money.  Often due to their lack of experience, sickness, abusive relationships, or loss of employment  Agape House aids in rescuing these families by giving them a home and a chance for a “do-over”.  Doesn’t everyone deserve a do-over at some point in time? 

One mom with 4 children was in an abusive marriage.  The final straw came when her husband threatened to kill her in front of her children.  She fled with the children and moved to Prescott.  She hoped to live with family here, but the family was not able to help.  She lived in fear that her husband would find her.  She and the children are now safe in Agape House.  “I didn’t think we had a chance to be helped out of our situation and now have safe, warm, clean housing.  But… when my trust was at its lowest, our Lord shined thru and I and family were giving new safe housing.”  “We now have an after school routine, cook dinner together, and praise God for the hope He gave us through Agape House.”

Another mom with 3 children was living with her husband who is addicted to drugs and was unemployed.  She knew that soon she and the children will be homeless.  When she received their tax return refund, she was able to pay some rent, but where will food and other necessities come from?  She reached out to Agape House.  She and the children are now in a safe apartment with Agape House.  Her and her husband hope for reconciliation.

 

 

A young woman emancipated herself at 16 years old from her biological family because of unimaginable abusive situations.  Unfortunately, she didn’t have the training or understanding of how to take care of herself and in order to survive soon was trapped into a life of prostitution on the street.  She became pregnant and had a young son.  She found herself alone.  In desperation, she reached out to Agape House.

A mom and her two children were trying to survive in a minivan in the forest.  The only possessions the family had were all kept in one large black plastic trash bag.  One day while walking into a local Wal-Mart, a man tried to grab one of her children.  She was scared and realized she needed help.  Agape House provided her  a 2-bedroom apartment where she was able to gain independence and learn life-skills to raise her children in a safe home. 

 

 

A father was living in a small trailer that he rented with his 3 young children.  The owner sold the trailer, forcing the dad and children to live in their small car.  The dad was then injured working at his part time job, and was without a job.  With no place to live, they parked in church and Wal-Mart parking lots.  The children washed up at school and the dad at the YMCA until they were told to leave.  After school, the family would stay at the library until it closed.   In desperation, the father reached out to Agape House.

A grandmother from Prescott knew there was trouble with her daughter and family in Phoenix.  She went to visit and found her 2 grandchildren abandoned.  She brought the children home to Prescott but quickly out spent her life savings.  She could not abandon the children again and reached out to Agape House.

 

 

 

Do You Need Help?

Do You or Someone You Know Need Help Today? Here are some area resources that specialize in helping people.

Obtain help today. Other area housing resources available:

PASS, 928-778-5933- Women, Children, and Families
YTGRM- 928-443-8779, Women and Children
Project Aware- 928-778-7744, men’s shelter
Stepping Stones, 928-445-HOPE Domestic Violence
U.S. Vets, 928-583-7204, Assists veterans with housing and resources
NazCare, 928-442-9205, mental health & dual diagnosis specialties

Other Area Resources:

Salvation Army, 928-778-0150
CCJ: Coalition for Compassion & Justice, 928-445-8382
Catholic Charities, 928-778 2531

Phoenix Area Resources for Families

House of Refuge in Mesa, AZ, 480-988-9242
Phoenix City Mission, Men 602-346-3390  Women: 602-688-6219

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