Special from the Adams Rescue Mission

By Lex McMillan

She and her young boys came to Agape House more than two years ago after spending about six months in the local SCCAP Shelter.  It was a dark and painful time. She had been homeless for several months after the home she had shared with her partner was foreclosed.  In the foreclosure, she lost almost everything. The economy shutting down during Covid made things more complicated.

Never married, she is the devoted mother of three little boys; the youngest arrived just a year ago and has been a source of joy for her and all the other residents at Agape House.  She knows she has made some bad decisions, from dropping out of high school to leaving home with a girlfriend and heading to Florida when she was just 17.  She proudly adds, however, that when her first son was born, she completed her GED.

When she arrived at Agape House, she didn’t know what to expect.  She recalls being delighted by then-director Connie Keller’s warm smile and genuine care.  She was further surprised and pleased at the clean and comfortable furnished apartment where she could feel safe with her children.  She fell in love with Agape House.  Like so many others, she came to understand the meaning of “unconditional love.”

“These women are amazing,” she said.  “They are willing to do anything to help.”  She was particularly grateful for the “Adopt-A-Family” Christmas program that Jennifer Punchard, now the director of Agape House, organizes.  Without it, she said, her boys would have had nothing for Christmas.

She understood from the outset that Agape House is not a permanent housing solution, so she has been diligently looking for affordable housing in the area.  It has been a challenge. Since she shares custody of her middle child with his father, who lives in York, she wants to stay in the area. Having once worked as a certified nursing assistant in a nursing home, she hopes to find work in this field.

At long last, she recently found an affordable apartment in Littlestown and will be moving soon.  Although she knows it’s past time, she leaves with reluctance.  She will miss the security and loving support that she has received at Agape House, but her time there has strengthened her faith and given her hope that with God’s grace she will find her way to a brighter future.

The Adams Rescue Mission exists to proclaim the passion of Jesus toward the hungry, homeless, abused, and addicted; to accelerate recovery and restoration to the least, last, lonely, and lost.  Lex McMillan is a board member of ARM.

To support the Mission: http://www.adamsrescuemission.org/donate-now.