Programs

Life’s CHALLENGES

LifeEssentials

is a comprehensive program that facilitates local communications between those in need and the organizations that can help them. We offer educational materials, counseling and instructions on available resources, referral services, and a network of solutions to help solve problems. When other resources are unavailable or have been exhausted, financial assistance is provided for heating, rental, utilities, mortgage, car, medical and prescription expenses.

RoadHome

is a program which helps displaced people who are in need of housing, short-term shelter or recovery assistance after a disaster. For a variety of reasons good people can find themselves without a secure place to live. House fires, natural disasters, unemployment and estrangement from family members are just a few of the reasons people can suddenly find themselves homeless.

TransPorts

is a program that provides transportation resources for people and logistical assistance for materials that can be used to help our community. This program exists to solve problems simply by getting people and materials from here to there.

Joseph’s STOREHOUSE

DailyBread

is a program dedicated to reducing hunger in our community. We provide referrals to existing food banks and pantries in our area, and we also offer supplemental meals during the week to compliment these existing food assistance programs. Many existing food bank resources throughout our region are only available on a monthly or weekly basis.

  • Back Pack Program – This program ensures that children in need have balanced, nutritious food they need to learn and grow. AGAPE has partnered with local schools to help distribute to children in need through the school system - discreetly - each Friday afternoon. Each BackPack offers enough food that children can easily prepare over the weekend. Schools we have partnered with: Benton Elementary, Columbia County Christian School, HeadStart (Town Park Village), Millville Elementary.
  • Daily Bread Meal – Every Thursday between 10:30 and 12:30 we offer a hot meal open to the public.
  • Fresh Express – AGAPE has partnered with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and other local donors to offer fresh produce to residents of Columbia County. This event occurs every Thursday between 11:00 and 4:00.

KidsCare

is a referral program which helps children and parents find the resources and assistance they need. This program provides resource information on parenting, childbirth, and child rearing. Our “Go Green” cloth diaper program helps to reduce the financial burden of disposable diapers.

  • Cloth Diaper Program – This program allows families to receive a free cloth diaper kit. You can make an appointment with Vicki Berlin at (570)752-1354 or visit us at Agape as a walk-in on Tuesdays from 10am to 1pm.

SmallBeginnings

To change the course of at-risk children's lives by sharing the Good News, encouraging personal relationships with God, improving academic abilities, and treating each child as the person God created him/her to be.

  • Prime Time – Prime Time is a faith-based program geared towards children ages 5-12. Teens are welcome as long as they respect our rules and participate in activities. We are open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm whenever the public schools are in session. All sesssions are held at the Briar Creek Borough building - 6029 Park Road in Berwick. For more information contact Kim Sullivan sullivan@pa.metrocast.net cell-(570)814-3110

StoreMore

is a program that gathers and distributes goods (i.e. household items, beds, used furniture, appliances, etc.) donated by the community and programs across the United States and stores them for a rainy day. The goal of this program is to collect and store materials ahead of time so that when hardships arise, we will be prepared to aid our community.

Making PROGRESS

CleanLife

is an assistance and referral program that offers resources and compassion to anyone with an addiction. We have a variety of support mechanisms in place which are intended provide guidance to addicts and open pathways away from addictive behaviors.

FreeLife

is a program dedicated to assisting ex-offenders re-enter our community successfully, thereby reducing the rate of recidivism in Columbia and Montour County prisons. By offering a mentoring program to inmates (both before and after their release), we believe we can provide help and hope to people at a critical crossroad of their life. Mentoring includes helping develop self-worth, self-esteem, a positive work ethic and responsible daily living.

HeActs

offers encouragement and hope through spiritual counseling to those who are lost and disconnected. Daniel’s Prayer team listens to concerns and prays, upon request, for clients and their circumstances. Spiritual resources such as the Bible and other written devotionals are provided to help guide clients in their daily spiritual life.

SmartStart

is a program that provides educational referrals and training assistance to individuals who need specific information at pivotal points in their lives. The “right” training at the right time can help land a job, avoid a family crisis, and build a solid foundation toward a better future.

Helping HANDS

DisasterResponse

is a program activated only in case of widespread disaster throughout Columbia and Montour Counties. AGAPE houses the Columbia County Volunteer Agencies Active in Disaster (CCVOAD), and works in conjunction with FEMA, PEMA, and other local disaster relief agencies. We serve as a hub unit for Mission Central disaster kits and materials.

FixerUpper

is a good neighbor program that aides people who are in desperate need of some minor household repairs, but are unable to perform the work without some help. With volunteer labor, we can help if an elderly widow needs her porch repaired, or if an individual becomes wheelchair bound and their home requires some adaptations.