2300 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd., Ste. 140, Dayton, OH 45417 info@agapeforyouth.com 937-439-4406

To begin, I want to extend my sincere thank you to all those who attended the ‘Agape Strong-Giving Hope for Tomorrow’ Gala and to all of you who continue to support our Agency. Friday evening reminded me that even as we always strive for excellence, perfection is just not possible. Yet, in being the over achievers we are, we have already begun the process of how to make next year’s Gala even better than the last!

A regret I had after the Gala was I did not take the opportunity to share present and future planning for Agape.  I allowed “time” to lead me to cut my presentation short. Based on feedback and encouragement I have received since the Gala, I wanted to share with each of you what I had prepared.

“Welcome to this evenings ‘Agape Strong-Giving Hope for Tomorrow’ Gala.

I would like to first recognize Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman and Montgomery County Commissioner Judy Dodge.  Also joining us this evening is State Representative Jeff Rezabek and State Representative Niraj Antani.  I would also like to recognize Sandra Brassington, Liaison for Governor John R. Kasich and Dean Tom Gregoire of The Ohio State University College of Social Work. All have significantly supported Agape’s mission of serving.

To my Co-workers, Agape’s Leadership team, our Board of Directors, and our foster, adoptive, and reunification families thank you for your dedication to Agape. I especially want to thank the youth and families we serve for both allowing us and trusting us to serve them. To our Sponsors and Donor’s whose generosity has made tonight already a success, words cannot express how thankful I am to and for you.

To Sandie Geib, our Director of Development and Marketing, you and your team of Agape co-workers, Board members and community volunteers have done an amazing job in bringing tonight together.

Most all the activities and programs at Agape are in part supported through our Youth and Family Fund. We recognize and embrace that just as we are entrusted with the youth and families to serve, we are entrusted with the monies from your generosity and remain dedicated to being a good steward of them.

As an Agency, we set specific goals when we moved into our new offices two years ago. They included offering a visitation site to referring agencies (both inside and outside) and to establish a community tutorial model where youth can come and receive monthly individualized tutoring services.  We have also initiated a book reimbursement stipend to our youth that are furthering their education. With our added space, we have expanded the training opportunities to families; including foster, reunification, and families in our community. We continue to offer these trainings county wide at no cost to the participants. Further, we expanded upon the opportunities to serve our community through creating a greater visibility of our Community Blessing outreach and offering our site for community meetings. In addition, our expansion to Cincinnati has been doing great things for the Cincinnati community.

Agape’s future initiative with UPS will provide opportunities to youth, young adults and families that could truly add to them being given “hope for tomorrow”. We are honored to have been selected by UPS for this opportunity.

In the coming months Agape will be developing and implementing Independent Living opportunities for youth to help them to realize that success is in fact truly theirs for the embracing.

When Agape began our services in 1989, it was quite a celebration when we licensed our first family, who are here with us tonight. Please join me in recognizing the first family licensed with Agape, Clifford and Lauretta Phillips who after 28 years remain dedicated both as a foster family with Agape and adoptive parents of two.

Now I want to fast forward to last year’s Gala where we experienced another first when a foster sister and foster brother were reunited after 30 years. I’d like to introduce, Brian and Jewell. No matter where, we bring families together!! Even today we were part of a marriage proposal, which was another first for Agape and believe me when I say “Adrian, while I know you are glad she said yes, we are ecstatic as well, as any answer other than ‘yes’ we believe could have seriously affected this evenings event!”

Finally, there was a miscommunication and we failed to recognize one of our Donors. On behalf of Agape, I’d like to publicly thank Terry Huber for her generosity both as a Donor and Supporter of Agape.

While it’s already been said, your generous support of Agape at any level furthers our ability to serve with excellence those entrusted to our care.

I heard it said recently that “the purpose of work is to discover what you love”. I thank God for blessing me with a love for doing what I do and for blessing me to be able to live out Agape’s mission of serving youth and families with such a great group of co-worker’s, friends, and community.

Thanks for joining us this evening and making “Agape Stronger!””

Steve

SOLD OUT!!!

We are Hiring!! Come Join Our Team!

Agape for Youth, Inc. is seeking a Reunification Services Specialist to provide direct services to biological families and their children.

The Reunification Services program provides short-term services to the family to stabilize the reunification of the child back into the home and provide the family with the resources necessary to remain intact.

Qualifications :

  • Current licensure of one of the following: LSW, LISW, LPC, or LPCC
  • Ability to teach and model parenting skills.
  • Crisis intervention skills.
  • Knowledge of community resources.
  • Effective verbal and written skills
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word.
  • Drivers licensed required

Duties :

  • Provide supportive services and crisis intervention to families referred to the Reunification Services Program.
  • Visit with the family 5 to 10 hours face-to-face per week for approximately 12 weeks.
  • Attend staff meetings, Semi-Annual Reviews (SAR), family team meetings and court hearings.
  • Keep accurate billing logs.

Job Type: Full-time

Required education: Bachelor’s

For additional information or to submit a resume please contact Ann Morrissey at 937-439-4406 x1103

Agape Strong Giving Hope for Tomorrow

We are thankful to all of our sponsors of Agape Strong – Giving Hope for Tomorrow.

Celebrating Bridget’s 40 Years of Serving Families and Children through Adoption

Today we are celebrating Bridget Sheets and her 40 years of dedication in the field of Social Services to children and families on our community.

Bridget joined our staff more than 8 years ago and was a part of our Reunification Services team and became the agency Adoption Coordinator shortly after joining the staff.  We are incredibly thankful for Bridget’s and all the lives that she has impacted for the good.  Throughout her career she is responsible for more than 1000 children finding their forever family through adoption.

Thank you for being an integral part of our Agape family. You will be greatly missed. #AgapeStrong

 

 

Congratulations to Stephen Geib, Executive Director/Founder

Congratulations to Agape for Youth, Inc. Executive Director/Founder, Stephen Geib for being selected as the recipient of the 2017 Wright State University Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Outstanding Nonprofit Leader Award!!!

We are extremely proud of Stephen and all of his work, dedication to the mission and vision of Agape and his leadership.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is With Great Sadness

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Talbert Grooms, long time friend, foster parent and Board of Directors member. Please keep his family, friends and the staff at Agape in your prayers as we walk through the next few days of grief and loss.

Service of memory Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 12:00 pm at Phillips Temple AME Church 3620 Shiloh Springs Rd Trotwood. Public viewing 10 a.m. until time of cemetery.

Stephen Geib, Executive Director/Founder of Agape for Youth, Inc. named as a Finalist in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Awards

For Immediate Release

Stephen Geib, Executive Director/Founder of Agape for Youth, Inc. named as a Finalist in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Awards

March 23, 2017–Stephen Geib, Executive Director/Founder of Agape for Youth, Inc. has been named a finalist in the 2017 Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Awards.

The finalists will be honored at the upcoming NLA Community Recognition.   “It is a honor to be a finalist for this Leadership Award.” said Stephen Geib Agape’s Executive Director/Founder. “I am fortunate to work with a great team at Agape and it is a pleasure to provide leadership, guidance, and encouragement.”    Randy Pavlak, Agape Board President also shared “Stephen has created a culture within Agape that is one of being intentional “positive, professional and progressive” as they seek to inspire, and value one another, and children and families that they encounter every day.”

The NLA Community Recognition Ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Kumar Conference Center- Soin Medical Center.

Agape for Youth, Inc. was founded in 1989 to place children into foster homes which could guide and support youth in becoming successful members of society. The 2010 Better Business Bureau Eclipse Integrity Award winner has expanded their services to include Foster Care, Adoption through Foster Care and Reunification Services in southwest Ohio.

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If you would like more information about Agape for Youth, Inc. visit their website www.agapeforyouth.com, contact Sandra Geib, Director of Development & Marketing at 937.439.4406 ex. 1102 or email at sgeib2@agapeforyouth.com

 

 

 

 

Celebrating 28 Years of Serving

Today as an organization we celebrate 28 years of serving families and children in southwest Ohio.

We are honored and humbled by the trust that you, our friends, family and our community have placed in us.

We are thankful for the staff who work diligently to make a  positive difference in the lives of families and children.  We are thankful to our Board of Directors who donate their time, talents and resources in support of our mission and vision.

We are thankful for the hundreds of families who have opened their hearts and home to children in need during the years.  Your dedication to children who are  in need of love and care is inspiring.

We have watched children come into care at Agape and experience success, graduate high school and go on the advance their education.  We have been a part of children being matched with their forever family and witnessed countless adoptions over the years.  We have been there as families have worked diligently to better their lives for the opportunity to be reunited with their children.  We have been faced challenges together, addressed those challenges and celebrated the successes, small and large….because we believe in celebration!

Thank you for your support of our mission, your prayers for decision making and your serving alongside us.

We have been and continue to be blessed and we are “Agape Strong”!

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