Family Care

A set of programs which encompasses serving the needs of the whole family at all aspects of their lives. This includes, but is not limited to, our Cloth Diaper Program, Women in Need (WIN), Small Beginnings, and our pet program Happy Tails.

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.

WIN

  • WIN stands for "Women in Need." This program provides hygiene products for all women. WIN is a partnered program by Shape of Justice & AGAPE, promoting fairness, equity, dignity and respect for all women and girls. By knowing their hygiene needs are taken care of, the head of household is better able to meet the limited family budget, and ensure their  women can  attend school or perform their jobs more efficiently. Our hygiene products are distributed through the local schools, community agencies such as Your Loving Choices, and our front desk. When schools start in September we monthly distribution at the schools as well as a monthly distribution on Thursdays during Fresh Express food distribution.

Happy Tails

  • Pets are part of our everyday lives and part of our families. They provide us with companionship but also with emotional support, reduce our stress levels, sense of loneliness and help us to increase our social activities and add to a child's self-esteem and positive emotional development."  AGAPE’s pet food distribution program helps defray the cost of  our clients having that companionship.  We have partnered with Rescue Bank to receive various donations of pet food and products which we then distribute once a month during Fresh Express to those Fresh Express clients who have registered their pets.

Small Beginnings 

  • The goal of this program is 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 sessions 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
  • We would like to expand this program to other locations.  If interested, call us at 570-317-2210.

Daniel’s Prayer Team

  • 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.

Hope & Healing

  • This program is to serve low-income critically ill patients and their families with spiritual, mental, emotional, and financial support. We also provide referral support to various support groups and organizations.  Our goal is to provide hope and encouragement to help alleviate some of the pain and suffering caused by illness.  Examples of services include but are not limited to: Accompanying patients to Doctor’s Appointments/ Treatments, Home/Hospital Visitation, Errand Running, and of course Prayer.

Learning More

This 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.

  • Getting Ahead Programs
    • Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ by World– takes you step by step through a discovery of yourself like no other. It's not just about how you got where you are now. It's also about what comes next to build the life you want. Plus, this workbook helps you develop relationships with people who will support you all along the way.
    • Getting Ahead in the Workplace– solves these challenges by helping under-resourced people build resources and gain control over their future stories.
    • Getting Ahead While Getting Out– was created in response to a demand from corrections professionals and returning citizens for a comprehensive reentry program modeled on the existing Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ by World curriculum, already being used in correctional settings in five states.
  • Bridges Out of Poverty
    • is a uniquely powerful tool designed for social, health, and legal services professionals. Based in part on Dr. Ruby K. Payne's myth-shattering “A Framework For Understanding Poverty,”  this program reaches out to millions of service providers. You'll find case studies, detailed analysis, helpful charts and exercises, and specific solutions you and your organization can implement right now.
  • Poverty Simulation Workshop
    • AGAPE presents a three hour workshop that introduces members of the community to a brief  experience of what it is like to live as a low-income family. The attendees are given parts to play as a member of a low-income family who must solve the income and expense issues of that family’s monthly life.  Each of four 15 minutes of an hour represents one week of the month after  which they must have met their monthly financial and other needs as it all relates to employment, health, child care, rent, utilities and other bills.. This mock experience has changed the stereotyped preconceptions of many attendees with regard to the issues faced by low income families.