Our mission is to provide a central location for our community to serve its residents in need. We serve in the name of Jesus Christ; respond, as called, to our community’s needs through education, material and financial assistance, networking, referrals, coordination, supplemental disaster/emergency relief and service; share God’s Word with practicality; fellowship through supportive Christian relationships; maintain confidentiality of those we serve, and, as appropriate, share the Gospel, through our words and conduct, with all who enter our doors.
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Assistance in a compassionate manner
Guidance through Godly love
Aid in a dignified fashion
Provision of programs both secular and non-secular
Evangelism with gentleness and respect
"For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me."
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure of heart,
For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
~Gospel of St. Matthew 5:3-10
The history of AGAPE and its service to the Columbia and Montour county residents began in July 2006 when Mission Central’s vision of hub expansion throughout the communities was first suggested at the Annual Conference of the Central Susquehanna United Methodist Church. The idea for a Mission Central Hub in the Bloomsburg area expanded to include addressing the needs of our local communities. The vision to “fill in the gaps so no one falls through the cracks” was created and in December 2008, the first AGAPE Board of Directors was appointed.
AGAPE opened its doors to the community in July 2009, where initial services provided were the receipt and distribution of used furniture and linens, providing informational assistance, and referral services. AGAPE assisted 349 families in its first five months (July to December 2009). In its first full year, AGAPE’s eight programs provided $53,807.53 in assistance to 1,073 families.
In September 2011, Tropical Storm Lee hit Northeast Pennsylvania leading to the most damaging flooding in this area in over 100 years. AGAPE was designated the Flood Recovery Center for Columbia County. At that time, AGAPE coordinated over 5,000 volunteers to help individuals with clean-up and rebuilding throughout the region. AGAPE distributed recovery supplies to communities in six counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania. An estimated $2,000,000 was distributed in flood relief, clean-up, rebuilding, and refurnishing assistance. In 2019, AGAPE continued to serve the community by assisting flood survivors through distribution of clean-up and rebuilding supplies, and volunteers to assist in rebuilding efforts.
Through our holistic approach to addressing our community’s needs, we have succeeded in serving 92 homeless individuals, providing $2,311,416.06 in total assistance to our communities (not including flood relief efforts) and serving 8,241 hot meals in 2017.
These accomplishments would not be possible without the support we receive from our community.