Transitional Shelter Program Expectations
Who We Are:
Agape Village is a transitional shelter program (up to 12 months duration, may be extended as needed with board and staff approval) that provides a safe and secure community for those experiencing houselessness while seeking to equip the villagers to meet their goals, be successful, and move onto healthier and more stable housing.
Agape means love, it is a love that goes beyond emotions and seeks the best for others. Agape Village was born from this love – a desire to love our neighbors and help them achieve their best. We believe the best way to do this is by valuing:
Success - Success happens when we make positive steps toward our dreams and our goals. We want to be a place where we can all achieve our goals and strive after our dreams.
Respect - Respect acknowledges that we all have value, including ourselves, as human beings. We want to be place that acknowledges that value, despite our differences, and encourages it in others.
Sobriety - Sobriety means being clear headed and under control. We are not under the influence of the people or things that want to pull us down. We want to be a place where people can find sobriety – take back control of their life.
Safety - Safety is about maintaining our physical and emotional health. We want this place to be safe. When we feel safe we are more free to move forward in life.
In order for us to succeed everyone will need to do their part. We ask all of our Villagers to help build community and everyone succeed by doing their part in maintaining an environment that is:
Free of violence
No self-harm or harm to others
Being respectful of others, even during conflict.
Will not possess any weapons (large knives, guns-of any sort)
Will not threaten others
When conflict arises villagers are encouraged to work out their problems through communication
and are free to ask village staff for support when needed.
Making sure others are not stealing
Respecting others belongings and space
Free of alcohol, drugs, and drug paraphernalia
This is a drug and alcohol free environment
No drinking alcohol
No using drugs
No possessing drugs or drug paraphernalia
Take a drug test upon entry and random drug tests thereafter
Peaceful and quiet
Honor quiet hours (10pm – 7am)
No overnight guests
No persistent disruptive behavior
Not disrespecting others based on ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, handicap,
lifestyle choices, or economic status.
No aggressive animals
All pets will be kept on a leash and under control
Everyone cleans up after themselves and makes sure their areas are clean and garbage free
Take turns working security shifts and fire watches throughout the night and when needed
Work in and around the village to maintain a sanitary, safe, and working village.
Contribute a minimum of 10 hours of volunteering to help maintain village (yard work, cleaning, work projects, etc…)
Help fund the operational expenses of the village by contributing $75 a month (or working extra volunteer hours)
Attend the weekly General Assemblies where community is built and various items discussed.
Working with case managers and village staff to set goals
Take necessary steps to achieve set goals (every 30 days)
This is not permanent housing – it is a transitional space.
Villagers will be assigned one of the pods to use for sleeping and the storage of personal belongings. The pods are at all times under the direct responsibility of Agape Village. They are not the property of the villagers. Therefore, all PODs will be inspected weekly for cleanliness and maintenance issues. There are to be no modifications or work performed on the POD without village manager approval.
Villagers that choose not to do their part in maintaining this kind of environment will be asked to change their behavior. If that behavior is not changed that tells us that villager does not want to be a part of Agape Village and will be asked to leave.
If drugs, alcohol, drug paraphernalia are found or a drug test failed the Villager must meet with Village Staff and develop and execute a recovery plan in order to remain in the village. The second offense will result in the villager being asked to leave.
Villagers are required to call/text the village manager to let us know when they will be out of the village for the night.